East of Eden and Christ

May 9, 2014 

I would like to try to answer letter writer Lee Harris's question as to why Christ died for our sins.

The truth may be that he did not specifically die for our sins. He was crucified because his teachings were contrary to those of the power structure of the Hebrews at that time. He was considered a rabble-rouser and a blasphemer by them. So, although the Roman governor Pontius Pilate had no problem with him, a crowd was so incensed that they chose him to be crucified instead of a real criminal name Barrabas.

It might be well to reread the Bible from the start. In Genesis the story of what happened after Cain killed Able is told. Cain was exiled from the Garden of Eden for his misdeed and sent to "east of Eden to the Land of Nod." There he took a wife and had a son and named the city after him.

Do people not see that it was the Hebrews who were condemned for original sin, not the folks in the Land of Nod? Thus, Christ came to save only the Hebrews who had been condemned, not we, the Gentiles who may have been in the Land of Nod.

It was only after Saul (St. Paul) decided he wanted to be a Christian that Gentiles (like him) were to be included in the "saved."

If this is correct, we were neither condemned nor saved by the crucifixion of Christ. It's all in the Bible if people choose to read it.

Joseph M. Reichert

Belleville

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