To begin Chapter 5, “Original Sin and Saving Grace,” Preston Harold does a brief recap of the Noah story and it’s meaning:
If one accepts the Noah legend as the “tell” describing the physical birth process of man, placement of the story of the flood in the Genesis chain of legends after the Eden legend indicates that man has lived before, so that his physical birth bespeaks a re-creation of himself wherein a son-self takes the place of the father-self which subsides, as Noah does, although a part of the psyche may glimpse it (represented by Ham). And placement of the Cain-Abel legend before the flood legend indicates that man has sinned in a prior expression of himself in conscious embodiment. The Noah legend indicates man is aware of his unclean forces. (parenthesis mine)
Based on this recap, he then tells us his interpretation of “original sin:”
Thus, man comes into new conscious embodiment bearing his own sin, “original” only in the sense that he, himself, committed it. His anxiety is that of an adult amnesia victim: he does not know what he has done, who he is, how he came to lose his prior consciousness, and if he presents himself to the authorities he must face the fact that he could have committed any crime, although in his new consciousness he is utterly innocent of it. Because man never recovers from infant amnesia, he fears to face his inner, knowing Authority. But the Noah legend indicates that man comes into each new birth to start life afresh with his clean forces represented sevenfold, (Genesis 7:2) although his unclean forces are still present…
For Harold original sin is a consequence of forgotten past deeds that “missed the mark,” performed in previous lives but forgotten in present embodiment. Therefore, Harold says that overall these Genesis legends point towards the reality of reincarnation. Beginning with our next post we will enquire into the witnesses of scripture, Jesus, and traditional views regarding the validity and possibility of reincarnation. Until then, peace.