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I think one problem, and one that has dogged theology for a very long time is just exactly what is sin? At first sin was personified as an actual physical force, then it became disobedience to Gods laws (which by the way were actually not to bad) and at last sin became anything that was against the social mores of the time. Adultery as a sin is a prime example.

Adultery: voluntary sexual intercourse between a married man and someone other than his wife or between a married woman and someone other than her husband; also : an act of adultery.

Seems straight forward and certainly not commiting adultery would assure harmony in the home but the key is not the sexual aspect but the unfaithfulness to ones vows.

But this has come to mean, at least to Jews, Christians and Muslims any sexual contact between anyone outside of the safe confines of marriage. Even when both parties are unattached.

Sin therefore can be explained to mean just about anything one wishes it to mean. In the original sense of sin as being a physical force we have the parallel in the actual beings that were unleased from the box. Much as sin that crouches at the door in the biblical account. As to disobedience, Pandora did not own the box, it wasnt hers, she was holding it in trust with a single prohibition... Do not open it!

One part of the story that I think is often neglected is that before she opened the box she spent all her days looking at it, running her fingers across it and basically coveting it. Mention is made that her husband was away for only a moment when she opened it. This to me indicates that she was being a bit sneaky in her actions and waited for a moment to see what was inside. This was an act of disobedience, especially when one realizes that the stranger who left the box with her was in fact Zeus.

Again another similarity to the biblical account. God/Zeus put the temptation of the fruit/box in the garden/fig tree and eve/pandora was tempted by whispers from the box/serpent and she unleashed knowledge of evil/evil beings from the box but was also granted the opnly thing that could save the world from what she wrought, hope/life giving. The only real difference is that the bible story has become corrupted over time and turned into a method to hate women and hold them in lower standing but I dont think this was the original intent of the story at all.

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Pandora's Box 556 AngelaSD 16-May-05 23:23
Re: Pandora's Box 347 Joyeuse 17-May-05 01:32
Re: Pandora's Box 292 David L 17-May-05 01:48
Re: Pandora's Box 265 AngelaSD 17-May-05 02:11
Re: Pandora's Box 286 David L 17-May-05 02:18
Re: Pandora's Box 283 SunSword 17-May-05 14:14
Re: Pandora's Box 267 David L 17-May-05 16:06
Re: Pandora's Box 304 IanG 25-May-05 08:50
Re: Pandora's Box 381 debraregypt 17-May-05 14:10
Re: Pandora's Box 311 debraregypt 17-May-05 15:16
Re: Pandora's Box 310 debraregypt 17-May-05 15:33
Re: Pandora's Box 255 IanG 25-May-05 09:02
Re: Pandora's Box 346 Farseeker 17-May-05 16:34
Re: Pandora's Box 326 debraregypt 17-May-05 16:47
Re: Pandora's Box 305 Farseeker 17-May-05 17:12
Re: Pandora's Box 264 debraregypt 17-May-05 17:31
Re: Pandora's Box 282 AngelaSD 17-May-05 18:10
Re: Pandora's Box 225 debraregypt 17-May-05 18:12
Re: Pandora's Box 295 Joyeuse 18-May-05 01:10
Re: Pandora's Box 245 Farseeker 18-May-05 14:17
Re: Pandora's Box 334 Farseeker 17-May-05 16:25
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 925 Joyeuse 18-May-05 13:17
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 325 debraregypt 18-May-05 13:28
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 444 Farseeker 18-May-05 14:36
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 292 debraregypt 18-May-05 16:34
what is sin...take a look! 314 debraregypt 19-May-05 03:12
Re: what is sin...take a look! 283 Nolondil 19-May-05 20:26
Re: what is sin...take a look! 234 debraregypt 20-May-05 01:01
another story twisted is the name of Jesus 310 Joyeuse 18-May-05 20:55
Re: another story twisted is the name of Jesus 273 debraregypt 18-May-05 23:03
Re: another story twisted is the name of Jesus 303 Joyeuse 19-May-05 00:07
actually read this as it is exactly like you said (long but worth it) :-) 974 Joyeuse 19-May-05 09:01
Re: Pandora's Box from Joseph Campbell perspective 378 IanG 28-May-05 17:55
Attention all posters 334 Richard Fusniak 28-May-05 21:54
Re: Pandora's Box 365 Eddie Larry 19-May-05 02:50
Re: Pandora's Box 273 Joyeuse 19-May-05 09:06
Re: Pandora's Box 236 AngelaSD 21-May-05 02:20
Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 795 Joyeuse 21-May-05 03:09
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 373 Eddie Larry 25-May-05 03:56
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 303 Joyeuse 25-May-05 16:00
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 255 David L 25-May-05 04:25
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 349 Joyeuse 25-May-05 16:04
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 291 David L 25-May-05 16:37
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 263 JamesH 25-May-05 19:08
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 277 AngelaSD 26-May-05 03:19
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 313 JamesH 26-May-05 05:28
The one whom we love 313 JamesH 26-May-05 05:52
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 310 AngelaSD 26-May-05 03:06
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 320 David L 26-May-05 05:18
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 315 JamesH 26-May-05 06:07
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 239 David L 26-May-05 16:43
Re: Isis the mother of Homo Sapiens Sapiens 343 JamesH 26-May-05 20:04


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