Originally Posted by novaseeker
The view that many Orthodox theologians have of Original Sin is that it is the inheritance of mortality -- it isn't so much a stain that precludes communion with God as the inheritance of immortality in our mortal flesh ... an inheritance that is "washed away" in the waters of baptism in which we die with Christ and are risen again in Christ -- in other words, in baptism we "put on Christ" and therefore share in his inheritance of immortality, replacing our prior inheritance of mortality, and our death experience is transformed, if we live our lives in Christ, to the death experience of Christ - i.e., not as a terminal experience, but as a passage to new life. Original sin, seen in this light, is, to my spiritual experience at least, more understandable, less abstract, and more sensible -- but I do respect Augustine's views as well as those who have theologies that derive from his own.
Nova- I love reading you posts, especially as the law in concerned. However, your desription of original sin as understood within the Eastern Orthodox faith, which you describe as less abstract and more understandable, seems anything but to this reader. Perhaps that is because you use 'inheritence of mortality'
and 'inheritence of immortality'
both within the breath of one sentence, thus making my brain synapses fry?
Wanting to undertand what you are trying to convey, would you consider a restatement for this lowly layman?