“Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?” ― Chuck Palahniuk
I think this is just fun
For quite a while I wanted to write about ‘sin’, as I think the concept of sin has had a very negative influence on my life. To me ‘sin’ implies something like ‘wrong’, something like ‘I am wrong’, and I believe that is not the right way to live life by. At least it doesn’t and didn’t work for me.
And I was searching for an image related to ‘sin’ and found the one next to this text. And again, what is wrong with some group performing, making music, making fun, letting people enjoy, no matter the text of the song or the sound of the music. Nothing sinful there I think, although many people, especially people calling themselves Christian, would consider something like that kind of performance ‘sin’.
But yes, let’s first see what Wikipedia says about sin: “A sin is a morally wrong act.” (Sin on Wikipedia). So that means we go to another ‘problem’ term: moral. And amazingly I find a more positive statement on ‘moral’ than I thought: “A moral (from Latin morālis) is a message that is conveyed or a lesson to be learned from a story or event”. As to me anything related to ‘moral’ is negative, is ‘wrong’, is ‘something I did wrong’.
So my negative thinking about sin is related to religion, especially the religion I grew up with, and not related to any concept of sin. And that is related what I find on another page about sin in Wikipedia. And that states something like “sin is the act of violating God’s will by transgressing his commandments”. And yes, that sounds so familiar to me and sounds soooooo negative.
And another interesting link about sin: sin according to the Catechism of the Catholic church. Wow, not easy to write an article that is founded well. I tend to just write and give my own opinion, but recently it seems I want to do a bit more.
So what I know now is that my idea of sin as I perceived it until now is too narrow, not founded in any research or written stuff, but only based on something like “if you don’t follow the (ten) commandments, you are a sinner, and therefore you will be punished”.