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The Myth of Sin

Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside.

There is no such thing as a sin, outside of what organised religions would have us believe, since a sin is defined as an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.  And who decides what constitutes a transgression against divine law? ~ Organised religions of course.  Come to that, who decides what divine law is anyway? ~ Organised religions of course.  And, just what’s so wrong with the forbidden fruit?  It’s only an apple martini.

Sin is an absence of God.  Nothing more, nothing less.  ~  Simon Mawer

In any event, if the religions are to be believed, all of us are sinners.

Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to cast a stone.  ~  Jesus Christ

Except that in Buddhism there is no concept of sin at all.

So, if all of us Christians are sinners, and sin is merely an offence against what the church thinks is right and wrong, what use is the concept of sin, when that self-same church is mired in decades of sexual misconduct and child abuse?  It seems that we cannot actually sin against other people, or ourselves, we can only sin against God.

Perhaps we should approach the idea of sin and wrong-doing from the other direction, and consider that each of us should have a strong code of ethics and morals, because these relate to what we personally believe is right and acceptable, as opposed to what is wrong and unacceptable.  Just what is moral conduct, and what is immoral, base, wicked, and evil?

Humanists, psychologists, and most people with an ounce of intelligence, know that our basic notions of right and wrong come from deep within our subconscious mind, and that human morality is not only a learned behaviour.  Human morality is to a large extent instinctive and stems from the idea of reciprocity.  So a man to a woman; ‘I wouldn’t like it, and I’d get jealous if you cheated on me, so I won’t cheat on you…..’  Hence the 6th Commandment; Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery.

There seem to be some basic notions of right and wrong, moral and immoral, which are common to almost everyone ~ however these notions of right and wrong are not immutable.  Right and wrong, moral and immoral, are not set in stone.

Thou Shalt Not Kill ~ unless you are a soldier fighting what you believe is a just war.

Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery ~ that’s unless you are a swinger in an open relationship and your partner is cool sharing you with others.

It seems that there is no such thing as original sin, or sin at all, there is only a set of moral, ethical, value judgements.  Which have nothing whatsoever to do with God.

Some say that sin is too stupid to see beyond itself.  And that counting other people’s sins doesn’t make you a saint.  All I know is I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

this may be immoral

carnal and sinful

or perhaps not

health, wealth, and happiness

The Greatest Gift You Can Give the World is a Healthy You.

Sometime around the first century AD, Roman poet Juvenal, (Decimus lunius luvenalis), wrote this;

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you should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body

ask for a stout heart that has no fear of death

and deems length of days the least of nature’s gifts

that can endure any kind of toil

that knows neither wrath nor desire and thinks

the woes and hard labours of Hercules

better than the loves and banquets and downy cushions of sloth

what I commend to you, you can give to yourself

for assuredly, the only road to a life of peace is virtue.

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Except Juvenal wrote it in Latin, and he wrote Sardanapalus, not sloth.  It actually rhymes much better in Latin.  This is from where we get the phrase ~ mens sana in corpore sano ~ a sound mind in a sound body.

flagTo me, this reads a lot like Kipling, who was also very adept at giving good advice to young men; for example in his seminal poem IF Kipling explains what it takes to be a Man.  Sir Henry Newbolt with Vitai Lampada, gave a more inspirational lead.  But for hard advice the Maxims to Guide a Young Man, which appeared in the 1850’s maybe says it all.  After a long career in banking, my personal advice to a young man echoes Shakespeare’s from Hamlet; Neither a borrower nor a lender be

Even two thousand years later Juvenal’s advice is sound.  He’s telling us not to lay about eating, drinking, having sex, (all things that the ancient Romans excelled at), but instead live an energetic life of courage, self-discipline, and virtue.  Every great teacher before and since, including Jesus Christ and the Buddha, says more or less the same things.  The Noble Eightfold Path could have come straight from Juvenal.

Life is difficult and painful.  The way to freedom from pain lies in courage, hard work, and self-discipline.  And by the way, don’t get cynical, envious, impatient, apathetic, or angry along the way ~ these negative emotions will not serve you well.

Neither in a man nor a woman is negativity a pretty sight

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eightfold pathjack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

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