A little side note: Some people think the Original Sin was fornication. What is the Church's teaching on this?
Hi Seamus. Christ is Risen!
This is a great question and one that should be studied by all of us. To begin with, many Orthodox Christians prefer to call it Ancestral Sin rather than Original Sin. I believe this is because our ancestors committed this sin and not us per se, and therefore we are not the guilty party. Whatever you choose to call it, the interpretation you've listed is incorrect and is not Orthodox belief. The true meaning of Ancestral Sin is the separation and alienation of the entire human race from God that occured after the Fall, for it was then that the heart was invaded by illnesses; primarily the following:
of God (related to Ignorance).
of the Heart. Primarily caused by-
A. Over preoccupation with wordly affairs.
B. Focus on physical pleasures.
C. Obsession with wealth.
. When the heart suffers from hardness it is incapable of discerning between good and evil and is rendered unable to recognize the presence of God. It is blind. When the heart becomes accustomed to putrid thoughts, then it suffers from contamination.
Much more can be said about this and, as I mentioned, should be studied by all Orthodox Christians. I sincerely hope this helps you.
1. The Orthodox Study Bible
2. Archbishop Maximos (Athanasios) of Cyprus. Quoted in The Moutain of Silence
by Kyriacos Markides, PhD.
3. Archpriest Fr. Seraphim Slobodskoy (Memory Eternal!). Quoted from his book The Law of God.