Why do we act the way we do? How do we learn the mechanisms by which we live our lives? What is Original Sin?
I picked up a book entitled Healing The Family Tree this afternoon. There were some interesting insights into things we inherit from our ancestors. Of course that led to many thoughts along that line and how my life has been affected by parents and what I have learned about how my parents were parented.
My childhood was a bit difficult and as I grew older I was forced to look at it when my oldest daughter had problems that sent us to a psychiatrist. After a few sessions the doctor informed me that I was the problem. Whoa, what? I was stunned. The group therapy session he put me into focused on our childhood experiences. I had wiped out my entire childhood and it wasn’t until needing to remember that things came back to me. I came to understand that the way my mother treated me was because she was mistreated by her mother. I remembered a few things she had told me about her mother and I tried to get her to talk more about her mother but she couldn’t. She would change the subject very abruptly every time I tried to get her to talk about her mother. She just couldn’t face it, which told me I was on the right track.
With these thoughts I began to muse about how the treatment of people from generation to generation depends upon those who have lived before. That led to thoughts of the original humans on this planet. We who believe in God and the truths of the bible call those first parents Adam and Eve. Their parent according to scripture was God. They had a pretty good deal going until they decided to do their own thing and go against their parent. They broke off with the Creator and made mistakes in parenting that eventually contributed to the wrongful death of one of their sons. Church folks call that break from God Original Sin. The pattern of disobedience was passed from our first parents to their children and on down through the ages. So, now what do we do? Sit and blame Adam and Eve, our grandparents, our parents for our bad behavior? No. We recognize that we have picked up patterns and if they aren’t so great, look for ways to break them and put new ones in their place.
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