Re: A Paradox.. Tree of knowledge.. What are your thoughts?
Here is my theory. The elders of the tribe needed/wished to maintain control, and the young bucks kept disobeying them and beating the elders with sticks. How could the elders respond? By inventing gods, and convincing the villagers that the gods spoke to the villagers through the elders "From god's lips to my ears." To make this work, it was important that the elders prove they were superior in moral ways. They were unable to do that, so their other choice was to prove that everyone else was inferior in moral ways - what better way than to have the villagers sinful and evil even before they were born, and only by being blessed by the elders could they hope to be sinless.
So... how can someone commit sin even before they were born? hmmmm.... Adam & Eve and Original Sin! A triumphant idea.
"There is no gain in arguing with a poo flinging monkey. While his
gibbering and raucous cries of victory may seem obnoxious in your ears
as you walk away, he will soon be quietly sitting behind his bars again
and licking his own feces off his fingers as you carry on with your day."