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Spiritual concepts

Sin [and vice]

This is not a website about morals or what morals should be, but I came across so many observations of people who were seriously mentally ill as a result of religion’s insistence on the fact they were ‘sinful’ – in other words so many mental models that were frankly totally screwed up! That it seemed important to look at the concept.

A long long time ago, a sin was any act that might be detrimental to your obtaining a spiritual experience. So if you stacked up on food and became so full your nervous system prevented you from having a vision [greed] it was a sin. But this simple fact has long since been forgotten.

These days a ‘sin’ is the same as a ‘crime’.

The difference is that a sin is seen to be a transgression of a religious law, whereas a crime is a transgression of civil law. Given that most advanced countries with a democratic system of government have a well established set of civil laws that define crimes, there is no need for religious laws.

There is no such thing as sin in the spiritual world, sin thus only exists as a concept in relation to a set of laws devised by a religious institution.

Thus if I, as clever bearded prophet devise a new religion called the ‘Turnip’ faith, in which it is wrong to eat turnips, then any member of my faith would have committed a ‘sin’ if they were found to be eating turnips, [clandestinely of course, because they found it difficult to understand what was inherently wrong with eating turnips].

What is or is not a sin is devised by men. The spiritual world from all the observations I have encountered of those who have entered into this realm is ‘sinless’.

The concept does not exist spiritually.

In effect, we commit a ‘sin’ only because someone else – [a person who normally is not democratically elected to this position of authority] - has decided some sort of activity is a sin.

The concepts of ‘Supreme Good’, the idea that men are somehow ‘good’ or ‘bad’ the concepts of ‘virtue’ and ‘vice’ only have meaning within a religious system and it might end up being the somewhat perverse view of a moral system held by an individual.

Furthermore the moral system itself may be extremely perverse in its definition of what is a ‘bad action’.

A vice is thus a synonym of ‘sin’.

So all vice springs from religions and each may have their own concepts of what they are.

Many of the ‘sins’ devised by religious institutions condemn natural acts.  If we wish to believe that ‘God’ made all natural systems, then any moral law that condemns a perfectly natural human function is frankly bizarre – one might even venture -  ‘against God’, but there you go, that’s religions for you.

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