Sin is believed to be any action that’s wrong according to God’s laws.
Ever since religion came into existence, people have feared
I believe the concept of sin is overrated because I don’t believe in the existence of a Supreme Being that creates laws and forces people to obey them. I also don’t believe in a God who is Love but still creates a burning place meant to burn forever, those who disobey him. The only God I know and believe in, is an Infinite Intelligence that created the world and rules it silently and gracefully.
This Infinite Intelligence as I know it, is mysterious and no one really knows about it. Everyone guesses its character but no one really knows how it looks like, how it works, and where it came from. For this reason, I don’t understand how some people concluded that this mysterious being wrote some laws and considered sinful, any action that disrespected these laws.
Medieval religious leaders were responsible for popularizing the idea of sin. In these ages, the church was a dominant power, and it used the idea of sin to limit people’s actions so that it easily controled them. It informed people that God wanted them to avoid killing, while it killed thousands. It burned to death hundreds of people who didn’t obey its rules. The church thus prevented people from doing the things it did.
Besides this, some of the things the church claimed that God hated were not really ‘sins.’ For example, I don’t believe adultery is sinful. The Ovahimba, who allow husbands to offer wives to visitors, and the Maasai would support me, because they allow tribe members to perform what we call adulterous activities.
Mugambi Nandi writes, ‘If a Maasai wished to avail himself of the matrimonial benefits of his mate’s wife, all he needed to do was call on her while the husband was out, plant his spear outside her hut, and the woman would be his for the night as long as the spear stood its ground.’
Is it then sensible to argue that the Maasai and Ovahimba are sinful folks? Can we claim that they’ll never see ‘heaven’ because they perform sinful activities?
Anyway, besides adultery, I also think stealing is not sinful because if I get hungry to the point of starving to death, and no one is willing to give me food, I will have to steal food. Trust me, you might also do the same thing because you are wired to deeply care about your survival.
Melody Fletcher, in Why It’s not Wrong to Steal, writes, ‘if you and your family were starving to death, and there was a loaf of bread sitting on a shelf by the door of the supermarket. Your hunger and fear of death would compel you to take the food. Your survival mechanism would step in to protect you.’
Therefore, even though we consider stealing wrong, our bodies are designed to do anything for their survival, and they might force us to steal food when we are starving.
Considering these facts, it’s foolish to conclude that The Creator created rules and claimed it was sinful to go against them. Sin is overrated. It was just an idea created to limit your actions.
For this reason, never ever think God will not bless you because you just sinned. God blesses everybody regardless of whether they sin or not. ‘For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and causes rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:45).’ The Creator neither judges nor does ‘he’ care about your sins.
However, The Creator designed the world in a way that your actions will always have consequences. For example, although stealing is not sinful, it attracts a scarcity mindset. And even though adultery is not wrong, it might make you a sex-addict.
Therefore, although there’s nothing to worry about sin, always know that your actions have consequences. But, don’t avoid doing some things because you think they are sinful, but avoid them because you want to respect the society’s rules. God will never punish you for sinning because The Creator is a non-judging Infinite Intelligence, and SIN IS OVERRATED.
‘Man is too small, too limited in outlook, to pass judgment on things that are divine. He has no right to set up his human values against the values which the gods hold.” – Henri Frankfort. The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man
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Four Major Reasons Why Biblical Stories Are Myths
Despite being born in a Christian family, I’ve always doubted if Biblical stories actually happened. When I questioned the validity of these stories, I was told to avoid questioning God’s word. I was advised to believe in the stories because they were written by Holy Men.
Despite the advice, I continued questioning Biblical stories. I then realized these stories are myths when I compared them with ancient myths. In this article, I will share with you four factors that make Biblical stories myths.
Here are they
Adam is found in both the Biblical creation story and the Sumerian creation myth. A man who builds an ark to protect himself from the floods (Noah) is also mentioned in the Sumerian creation myth.
Besides this, many ancient myths mention a miraculous birth that occurred after a Higher Power impregnated a human-being (The birth of Jesus).
2.Bible Stories, Just Like Myths, Are Unrealistic
Just like myths, Biblical stories are highly fictitious. They don’t make sense, and they’re some of the most unrealistic stories man has ever read. In the Bible, we read about ‘a chariot with horses of fire’ lifting Elijah to heaven. We also read about a whale swallowing Jonah, Eve talking to a snake, and Moses crossing the Red Sea on foot. I am 100% sure Christians could have classified these stories as myths if they were narrated by ancient Africans.
3. Both Myths and Biblical Stories Are Metaphoric
We are often advised to not read Biblical stories literally because, just like myths, they are metaphoric. In other words, these stories never occurred, but they represent fundamental truths about the world around us. For instance, it’s believed Jonah’s story symbolized how The Creator uses creation to fulfill his divine plan. On the other hand, it’s believed the Greek story about a Roman God eating his children and vomiting them symbolized how things are always destroyed and created again.
4.There is no Evidence of Biblical Accounts
Christians claim myths are not true stories because there is no evidence of their occurrence. However, they ignore the fact that there is nothing that proves Biblical stories are true stories. A
Brian Baker, who was once a pastor, also realized the lack of evidence for Biblical stories. In his book, Nonsense from the Bible, he wrote:
‘“The Bible is a collection of stories and myths based on hearsay transmitted from generation to generation and which were recorded by many different authors during a period spanning possibly 1,600 or more years. The ‘evidence’ then is only to be found in the Bible – no historical scientific or authenticated archaeological evidence exists. If you check the internet for such evidence you will discover many websites by Christian ministries – all present the evidence only from the Bible. Most so-called archaeological evidence is based on assumption rather than text (Brian Baker, Nonsense From the Bible).”
That being said, it’s reasonable to argue that Biblical stories are myths. However, even though they are myths, I firmly believe there are some fundamental truths about life, and our relationship with The Creator we can learn from them. For this reason, I occasionally take some time to read these stories to discover their deeper meaning.
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Is Righteousness Necessary?
Righteousness is mainly defined as, ‘living a life that delights The Creator.’ It also refers to any behavior that aligns with the conventional principles of uprightness, virtue, and morality. Muslims and Christians strongly believe that God rewards and protects the righteous. For this reason, some of them strive to be righteous because they believe that being righteous guarantees blessings and prevents bad things from happening.
However, according to reality, bad things happen to anyone regardless of whether they are righteous or not. Nothing proves that the righteous are privileged or immune to bad occurrences. Just like wicked folks, the righteous are also found in catastrophic accidents, terrorist attacks, and many other bad incidences.
The universe seems to not care about righteousness because it treats the righteous and unrighteous similarly. For as Henri Frankfort observed: ‘A man who has been righteous throughout may yet be dealt with the powers who govern existence as though he were the blackest offender.’ (Henri Frankfort: The Intellectual Adventure of Ancient Man.’)
For this reason, the belief that God protects the righteous from bad occurrences is delusional. This belief might make you stop believing in God when bad things happen to you despite being righteous all your life. The only good thing about this belief is that it’s psychologically beneficial. It makes righteous folks less worried because they know their behavior assures God’s protection.
By the way, I am a realist. I look at life as it is and I don’t console myself with irrational belief systems. I only believe in things after proving their validity. Therefore, I embrace righteousness not because God protects and blesses the righteous, but because of the several benefits of righteousness I’ve experienced.
I’ve noticed that righteousness eliminates negative energy since it discourages negative feelings such as jealousy, hatred, and anger. Besides this, righteousness makes people trust you, and it makes life meaningful. It also enables you to be at peace with everybody and results in a good reputation that can help you attract wonderful opportunities. Many people will be willing to give you leadership responsibilities when you are righteous because they believe your behavior is reliable.
Therefore, righteousness is necessary because of these, and many other
However, it seems God is fair because he treats the righteous and unrighteous equally. He designed the universe to ensure that all individuals experience bad and good things regardless of their way of life. He blesses and rewards both the righteous and unrighteous.
That being said, realize that righteousness is necessary, but don’t be righteous because you want to be rewarded or protected for your righteous way of life. But be righteous because of its real benefits.
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