Does evil exist due to Adam’s Original Sin as described in the Book of Genesis? This Christian explanation for the existence of evil is correct…IF…Yahweh, the ancient Hebrew deity, exists. Yahweh’s presumed existence is the underlying premise for the teaching of Original Sin. The existence of a generic Creator, a creator other than Yahweh, in no way confirms the Christian explanation that evil entered the world by man’s free will choice to eat some of Yahweh’s forbidden fruit.
Christians can give very good arguments for the existence of an intelligent, generic Creator, but I have yet to see a good argument for the existence of Yahweh. The evidence for a generic Creator is sufficiently good that atheists cannot prove the non-existence of a Creator, although, the majority of cosmologists do NOT believe that a Creator is necessary to explain the origin of the universe in the Big Bang. The scientific consensus on the existence of a generic Creator remains undecided.
But doesn’t the evidence strongly suggest that if there is an intelligent Creator, he/she/they/it are indifferent (or impotent) to suffering? What if the generic Creator created the world based on the principle that living creatures would desire a sense of maximal well-being and would desire to avoid a sense of a loss of well-being? Therefore, “good” would be anything that promotes a sense of well-being and “evil” would be anything that reduces a sense of well-being. To me, that makes much more sense than the idea that the massive suffering in the world, at this very moment, and for millions of years, is all due to illegal fruit eating!
The Judeo-Christian Creation story doesn’t seem congruent with the concept of a perfect, all-powerful, all-possessing Deity. Why would such a being want to create to begin with? And why would he feel the need to create little “mini-hims” with a free will? Why would a perfect being need to feel loved by another being with a free will??? Doesn’t it make more sense that this ancient story is a human invention, invented by people lacking any scientific knowledge about the world, in an attempt to understand their very scary, dangerous world?