Stephen Prothero, God is Not One, started with a brilliant idea. It was to summarize the focal point of various religions. His wrote, for example, the Jewish faith is about rules. When he came to the Christian faith, he said it is about sin.
Various posters on the comment page here have disagreed with Prothero’s simple conclusion saying the Christian faith is about more complex things, including forgiveness. There was the law, of the Old Testament, then the Jesus character was introduced and died to forgiven violations of laws called sins.
We can pretend legitimate versions of the faith are what seminaries teach, or, what Popes say. But, the money that comes to the faith, the volunteer work required to keep it going and the people who sit in the pews are where the power and influence of the faith reside.
In other words, the faith is actually about what ordinary people think it is about. And, ordinary people think it is about sin.
As the link below points out, a constant and powerful reminder is found in the unbiquitos, Lords Prayer. The phrase, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done”, means, the author says, the individual no longer has sovereignty. He has voluntarily submitted himself to an invisible ogre because of he he has been told he is a sinner.
There is no good reason any human being should believe he/she was born bad. Anyone who treats others, those living today and future generations, well need not consider himself a sinner.
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