"4 Wash me yet more from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
5 For I know my iniquity, and my sin is always before me.
6 To thee only have I sinned, and have done evil before thee:
that thou mayst be justified in thy words and mayst overcome when thou art judged.

7 For behold I was conceived in iniquities; and in sins did my mother conceive me."
Psalm 50: 4-7.

This Fifteenth Century mural,
painted by Tommaso di Ser Giovanni (called "Masaccio," meaning "Big Ugly Tom")
on the wall to the left of the entrance to the St. Peter's (also known as the Brancacci) Chapel
of Santa Maria del Carmine (the Calced Carmelites') Church in Florence, Italy,
is called
"Cacciata di Adamo ed Eva dal Paradiso Terrestre"
("Expulsion of Adam and Eve from Earthly Paradise").
It has been said that original sin
is the only theological doctrine that is empirically verifiable.

The Church's doctrine of original sin is the only reason
I am still a Catholic.
No other religion teaches this doctrine,
in the sense of holding that all of us
are from conception guilty of offending God,
and therefore, in my opinion, no other religion is grounded in reality.




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