(Posted as my FB status today)
Religion asks that we deny ourselves, deny our natural urges and tendencies, and turn us against ourselves. A better cycle of perpetual self-torture and devotion has not been crafted. It begs the question of which came first: genuine sin, or the definition of sin that turns us against ourselves and directs us towards religion to save us from ourselves? Isn't a house divided against itself more easily defeated? Isn't that how nations are concurred and freedoms revoked? It's also how personal sovereignty is turned over to religious entities to make the church richer, more powerful and increased devote followers.
The only sin I recognize anymore is the denial of self, not being true to yourself, which makes religions the biggest perpetrators of sin the world has ever known, whether they recognize their involvement or not. Only by embracing, accepting and being true to yourself just as you are right now do you reclaim your power to be who you are and be in control of your destiny. You can then pursue your dreams, overcome undesirable character traits if so desired, and find out that the internal peace that has ever eluded you, was already within you and has been all along.
When did or will you recognize the lies perpetuated by religion?