The Concept of Original Sin: A Law of One Exploration

An Article by Doug Esse

The following is from the archives of L/L Research, the group which received the Law of One material. It is a channeling from a group that call themselves Hatonn. Elsewhere, on llresearch.org
(http://www.llresearch.org/transcripts/issues/2017/2017_0121.aspx), Hatonn is described as a fourth density group. Below their description of Original Sin, I offer my own take that is informed by Ra, from the Law of One.

All is love and light from the Creator. As you grow in understanding, you will become aware of this love and light more than you are at present. All things were created in love, peace and harmony. When man is able to live thusly, he is aware of his true creation with the Father.

Many of your peoples cannot see themselves as divine creations of the Father. This is because of their present teachings that have man born in sin at the very beginning.

How can a creation of the Father be sinful? Was not this the way created for bringing life into existence upon your planet? Man is divine from his beginning. It is the cloak, so to speak, he puts around himself with his thinking that blots out the divine self. It is still there. Man has just lost his awareness of it. Happy will be the day when man upon planet Earth regains this understanding and awareness of his divine nature.

This we are helping to prepare the way for him to do. This awareness can only be brought about by love, love of the Father, your Creator, and love of one another, the many parts of the Creator. Long has your planet been in darkness, not because of the Creator, [but] only because of man’s thinking. Awaken to a new thinking, people of Earth. Awaken to your divine nature of love.

I leave you now. I am Hatonn, your teacher of life, of love of the Father.

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Hatonn says it well, but I wonder if there are even deeper ways to look at “original sin.” 

With third density, we have two interesting phenomenon taking place at the same time. First, we have creation becoming aware of itself.  Ra says that third density is the density of self-awareness (Session 13.21). Second, this newly begotten self-awareness takes place within and under the veil of forgetting wherein the Creature is not readily aware at a conscious level that he or she is one with the Creator; that he or she is in reality, God attempting to become human. 

What does this two-pronged cosmic experience feel like? Humans have attempted from the beginning to describe a kind of deep, primordial longing for union. Some of these descriptions include, “being cast out from the garden,” “valley of tears,” “valley of the shadow of death,” etc.  These expressions show that there is a very real feeling of being cut off, cast out, forgotten, or punished and that this kind of feeling of being shunned must demand a cause.  But within the veil, we don’t know and can’t see the reason, therefore we assume that it is something we did to cause this deep pain of separation.  In other words, we didn’t have the metaphysics of the Law of One, namely that there is such a thing as the veil of forgetting in third density and that it actually serves an incredible valuable cosmic purpose!

So what did we do in the absence of gnosis of such metaphysics? We created scapegoats to blame.  The three biggest scapegoats that beginning stage religion blames are 1) some version of Satan, 2) some version of primordial parents who sinned and therefore condemned the rest of us to live lives outside of paradise  (ie Adam and Eve), and 3) our own original state of sin into which every child is born.

Hatonn’s sharing that we cannot see ourselves as divine creations of the Infinite Creator because of our “present teachings that have man born in sin at the very beginning,” is trying to get at the fact that if humans start with a negative anthropology and bad psychology, even attempts at good theology cannot overcome the gaps, as Richard Rohr says, “the pit is just too deep.” (https://cac.org/original-shame-original-blessing-2016-07-01/).

Theological attempts to overcome the gap include what we know as atonement theory.  Atonement theory holds that it was necessary for Jesus to die on the cross in order for humans to go to heaven. He had to “atone” for our sins, and most especially, to undo the original sin of the our original father and mother, Adam and Eve. Even though most Christians, with the exception of fundamentalists of various stripes, do not believe that there was a literal Adam and Eve and can see those figures as metaphors or mythic, the vast majority of Christians do hold to a kind of transactional need for Jesus to die, atone, and thus save us from the fires an eternal hell. No wonder why people are leaving the church by droves! This just doesn’t make sense if we believe that God is merciful and loving. Some people just can’t handle the cognitive dissonance that this causes, so they leave. Many others haven’t thought it through but a simple series of questions can help people see the dissonance more clearly:

  1. Do you believe that God is all loving and all merciful?
  2. Then why would God demand the blood sacrifice of God’s Son in order share God’s love with God’s children?
  3. How do you make sense of that?

There is no way to make sense of that although some may try some scriptural gymnastics. To be fair, there is very clear language in both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures that does indeed speak of a price to be paid, a ransom, etc. This language certainly suggests that a transaction is taking place with Jesus’ death. But is that what the writers of the scriptures meant to say? It is hard to know, but even if they did, we can’t fault them too much, they were writing from a particular historical context and from the collective level of human consciousness common to cultures that existed several thousand years ago.

For the first thousand years of Christianity, writers and theologians read the transactional words in the Christian Scriptures and decided that the debt that Jesus had to pay was to the devil! Beginning in the second thousand years, that idea was challenged because it meant that the devil was more powerful than God and held God captive in some way. That did not make sense to them.

Anslem of Canterbury, later named a Doctor of the Church, wrote in the 12th century what some have now described as the most unfortunately successful piece of theology every written. And it has framed the Christian mindset ever since.

He saw that the debt that had to be paid by Jesus’ death on the cross was not to the devil, but to God! God was wrathful and demanded justice for the sins of a wicked people. Only God’s Son would and could do the job and so He incarnated here on Earth in order to unlock Heaven which had been shut and locked by Adam and Eve and our subsequent sins. This idea has held sway so strongly that it is very prominent at every layer in Christianity, from hymns to liturgy. If one challenges this, people will think you are taking their faith away. Their entire Christian faith has depended upon the last three hours of Jesus’ life.

However, Anslem’s interpretation made sense to him and everyone else given their own historical context. He lived at a time when the lords of the land ruled their many serfs that lived on their property. During that era, the mindset held that if a serf commit some kind of injury to his or her lord, a recompense must be paid in order to right the wrong. In fact, they believed that the universe shifted when there was a “sin” committed to a lord and that paying the price brought the universe back into alignment. For them, there were cosmic implications to keeping the balance. Sound familiar? For Anslem, Jesus had to come in order to change the mind of God about humanity.

As Earth and Earth’s humanity moves into fourth density, people who have activated their heart chakras are able to see the cognitive dissonance much more clearly. This is why for the past few decades, there has been more scholarship and teaching within Christian circles that interpret scripture atonement language within the context of a loving and all merciful deity. In fact, they are building upon the work and vocation of Francis of Assisi who believed over 800 years ago that the world was saved not at Easter (through Jesus’ death and resurrection) but at Christmas! For Francis, God’s incarnation into the material meant that materiality was good, holy, and thus, already saved.

Current non-dual Christianity’s embrace of nonviolent atonement theory is congruent with the Law of One’s metaphysics that we are, and have always been, one with God. With the leverage that modern science gives us, we can more clearly see that creation itself was an outpouring of God’s love. Francis of Assisi had no idea about the Big Bang (or whatever other cosmic theories that exist now) but he did get it right: God’s incarnation as materiality (God’s Body= all of Creation!) was indeed an act of supreme goodness, holiness, and joy.

Non-dual Christianity holds that the Logo’s primary mission through the Jesus Event was to show in an iconic, personalized form that the heart of God is loving, merciful, and NOT DIFFERENT than ours.  Instead of Original Sin, we are finally beginning to accept our state as Original Blessedness.  A nonviolent atonement theory holds that Jesus did NOT come to change the mind of God about humanity, it didn’t need changing. Instead, Jesus came to change humanity’s mind about God. Jesus atonement was actually, an act of “at-one-ment,” where we humans could see via his life, death, and rising, that 1) the veil of separation between us and God and between us and each other is an illusion, 2) we are one with God just as Jesus was one with God (since he was a creature like all of us!), 3) and the cycle of death and new life is how the One becomes the Many! In fact, Ra agrees and says that the Ankh (read, the cross) is the great symbol of the “nature of manifestation which may only be valued by the losing” (read, dying), 93.24. Thus, the “ankh” is intended to be seen as an image of how the eternal unmanifest becomes manifested and evolves through the eons multitudinous transformations to the point that creation returns to the Creator, Omega returns to Alpha, the prodigal son returns home. This is creation having moved through all of the lessons of the octave: the first density of manifestation, the second density of awareness, the third density of self-awareness and the choice of polarity, the fourth density of love and understanding, the fifth density of wisdom, the sixth density of unity (of love and wisdom), the seventh density’s focus on the law of foreverness, and the eighth density’s full return as Creator.

Finally, we circle back to the concept of Original Sin as a human attempt to understand the cause of our “casting out” of union with God. The story of Adam and Eve is a myth that is meant to convey brilliant ideas. For me, I understand Adam and Eve as representing God exploring what it is like to live within the veil of forgetting in the form of humans. The Garden of Eden is third density without the veil, or to use Law of One language, “time/space” (astral plane). We, all of us, are God trying to learn how to become fully human. We are not cast out of the Garden of Eden because it appears every time you and I live in and with heart-activated love. When we see our inherent union with each other and with the divine; that we, ourselves are divine, then we know that there is no such thing as original sin but only original blessing. That’s salvation, indeed!

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