"At the present he was reading about sin. Now there was a subject. In his time he'd heard so many explanations of how it had come into the world, from probation officers and lawyers and priests. Theories sociological, theological, ideological. Some were worthy of a few minutes' consideration. Most were so absurd (sin from the womb, sin from the state) he laughed in their apologists' faces. None held water for long."
|Masaccio's Adam and Eve Banished from Paradise (c. 1427) Photo by Shane R. Toogood|
Mark Twain wrote in a letter to his sister Pamela A Moffett that "One could...say that God is the personage who should shoulder the blame for the sin that is in the world (& suffer the punishment) because He made sin attractive & put it in the reach of the sinner."
Hell, some people thrive on sin. (Anyone ever hear of that devilish fiend Satan?) As for me, I'm not really sure what sin is (perhaps greed is the root of all evil) as it's really just something that goes against ones own morals, but I do believe in Karma.
Is sin just a "religious thing?" I mean, what is religion but a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature and purpose of life while incorporating moral codes and attempting to give answers to life's most difficult questions (among other things). This could be a fun prompt: where did sin originate? It's kind of like The Invention of Lying.