Almost half the New Testament is written either by Paul, by imposters pretending to be Paul or by imposters pretending to have traveled with Paul. We learn Paul used sin to bend people to his will.
II Corinthians is a letter which has confounded New Testament scholars for a long time. They are confounded because about half of it refers to how well Corinth was following Paul’s teaching and the other half is about how it was not.
A passage from the first part interested me–Paul talks in an obtuse way about how sin was put on earth by the sinless Devine and that allowed sins to be forgiven. I don’t understand. Why not just prevent sin in the first place?
I could not follow the logic of that so I looked up scriptual ”commentaries” on the web. There was not agreement on what was meant, but long convoluted essays.
Even within Paul and the fake Pauls, there is not agreement as to whether Jesus died for our sins, or, died to warn us of our sins. In either case, sin is big.
Other religions do not use sin to control people. A better world this would be if we could replace ”sin” with “behavior destructive to ourselves and others.” Then we could get somewhere.
If people, themselves, came to recognize destructive behavior, instead of saying a god decides, they would be forced to take ownership of their behavior. As it is, they can just say, “Paul says God will judge.”