Dave Hitt www

Religion is required for sin to exist. I have no religion. Therefore, I am not a sinner. Some religious people may consider me a sinner, but they’re wrong. I can’t be.

The concept that we’re all born sinners; that a baby fresh from the womb is somehow a sinner, is silly. And repulsive. But mostly silly.

Like all of us I have done things that were wrong. Usually, they were mistakes (which is how we learn things) but on a few occasions I’ve intentionally done things that were against my own moral code, knowing they were wrong. Instead of praying for forgiveness, which would have accomplished exactly nothing, I had to make things right.

Posted: August 2nd 2010

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Blaise www

Yes.

Posted: August 1st 2010

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Eric_PK

I don’t know.

Do theists refuse to accept that their god is a figment of their imagination?

Posted: July 29th 2010

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George Locke

I accept that I do not live up to my own moral aspirations, and I believe that no one could. I believe in right and wrong, but I reject the term “sin” because of its religious implications.

Posted: July 28th 2010

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Paula Kirby www

'Sinner’ is a religious concept and therefore yes, I most definitely reject the idea. The idea of 'original sin’ is one of the most obscene to have ever emerged from the human brain: just imagine how disgusting it is – how unhealthy, how unhelpful – to regard every human being as wicked by default, so wicked that they deserve to spend an eternity writhing in hellfire. So inherently wicked that, no matter how much good they do in their lives – no matter how kind, how generous, how compassionate, how forgiving, how self-sacrificing, how charitable – they can never stop deserving that eternal fiery fate.

And this from a religion that claims to be about love! What is it that makes Christianity a religion of love? It is the claim that God loves us, despite how truly, awfully, dreadfully, appallingly wicked we all are, even at the moment of our birth! Christianity defines the extent of God’s supposed love for us by the extent of our supposed depravity! It is a truly disgusting philosophy.

Does this mean I think I and all other humans are perfect? No, of course not. Perfect would be unspeakably tedious, anyway. We are all a mixture of good and bad, all capable of acts of great generosity as well as of meanness. We are the products of our genes, our upbringing, our general cultural shaping and our circumstances. But generally speaking when I look around me, I see people who are doing their best, often under very difficult circumstances. I see people who look out for their family and friends, who give what they can, despite sometimes having very little themselves. I see people coping with illness and poverty; doing grindingly awful jobs; facing up to adversity of all kinds. And I see them doing it with an astonishing degree of resilience, cheerfulness, and generosity.

You can write these people off as 'sinners’ if you wish, but I would expect any thoughtful person who had not been infected by the virus of Christianity to be able to rise to higher levels of empathy and tolerance.

Posted: July 28th 2010

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SmartLX www

I accept that I have performed actions in my lifetime which Christianity regards as sinful, and therefore according the Christian definitions I am a sinner. Since I don’t believe in God, this does not concern me in the slightest. I regret my worst actions, and try to atone for them, for entirely different reasons. The main reason is the harm they’ve done to other people.

Posted: July 28th 2010

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logicel

I regard sin as an useless handle. I also regard forgiveness as an equally useless one. I use evidence, empathy, enlightened self-interest, building of trust through honesty and consistency, and learning from mistakes as a solid basis to be a mature, responsible, positive contributor to society and to be fulfilled in my life.

Religious concepts of sin and forgiveness create moral hazard— with most brands of Christianity (not Calvinism for one) you know if you confess or do penance or atone that you will come out all right, sort of like how the big banks are too big to fail, the Christian however, is just too sorry to fail.

One religious believer I know, who is a serial child sex abuser said exactly that when pressed as how he will handle judgment day. His reply was just before I die, I will say I am sorry and ask for forgiveness.

Ethics? Christianity, you are doing it wrong (and we won’t even mention the scapegoating of Jesus Christ or the insistence that we are responsible for the mishaps of our ancestors, either view would be blown right out of any Western court session at present).

Posted: July 28th 2010

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