Sin Requires a Deity

The concept of sin is essentially linked to the concept of God. To sin is to violate God’s law. If God does not exist, then there is no such thing as sin. Of course, that does not mean that the acts which were called sin are any less wrong or immoral. When one human being does something immoral to another, it is within the power of the latter to forgive the former. What is being forgiven is the moral offense of the one to the other. Different religions understand their priests to have different powers. In part the crux of the Protestant Reformation turned on the issue of whether priests were required as an intermediary between God and man. But presumably it is only God who can forgive sin, with only intermediary assistance of the priest. Finally only theists believe in sin and forgiveness of sin requires an existing deity.

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