Well, I finally am moving on with a little bit more of Ostler, and I’ve stumbled into a problem.
You see, Ostler notes that original sin isn’t really as the rest of the world has conceived it. However, he does note that entrance into the world does submit us to genetic pre-conditions and the traditions of our fathers. This means we all do sin, based on these propensities built into us.
He also references the Book of Mormon and that the atonement makes us free to choose despite these conditions.
The question and problem comes up then as to why so many people are trapped and enslaved by their pre-conditions, whether from the traditions of their parents or from their genetic makeup. I am going to assume we all know someone who is not free of some problem such as this. Someone who was raised in a home of rage is likely to be full of rage. Someone who is genetically prone to make poor choices will make a poor choice. Some combination of the two can not just choose to be happy because of massive depression resulting from their pre-conditions.
So I ask you all:
Is Blake Wrong?
Is the atonement not working?
Do we need to do something to make it work?
If so, what?