David Gilet, Byron Bay
The concept of sin is one of the most dishonest concepts ever foisted on humankind.
The human mind is capable of comprehending a concept of perfection but the critical-thinking part of the mind recognises that this is rarely achievable. Yet many religions characterise this gulf between possibility and probability as ‘sin’, particularly in terms of behaviour.
This is particularly dishonest as most religions also support the idea that we are as God intended us to be.
Christianity would be quite a reasonable and functional religion if it concentrated on Jesus and forgot all about St Paul. St Paul was a misanthropic, misogynistic, homophobic, body-loathing authoritarian old grump whose beliefs grate badly as an overlay to a religion whose core beliefs are peace, love, and forgiveness.