The Wayfarer (mnfaure) wrote,
The Wayfarer
mnfaure

Want to talk sin anyone?

Can anyone tell me how religions which believe in reincarnation view sin and what are the terms/ideas applied to it? What is the principle behind it? Is it like "missing the mark"? Is it a crime against self? A higher power? Fellow human beings? Are there degrees of transgressions or are all sins equally bad? What do the practitioners strive toward (what is their reason for avoiding sinful behavior/actions)? Just enlightenment? Become one with Something Greater? How is a "sinner" viewed by others? Pitied, reviled, something else?

I have a religion that believes in reincarnation without regression (You can stagnate, but you can't be reborn as a lower lifeform), and I'm trying to get a good grasp on how people would view offenses, punishment, crimes, "wrong turns," evil, wickedness, guilt... I do have some ideas of how and why things should be done, but I want to make sure I'm not missing anything.

I don't think my questions are necessarily hitting at what I want to know (probably because I'm open to all information and don't want to "steer" too much), so I'd be happy to hear anyone's ideas--even ideas/thoughts on sinning from people who are not practitioners of a faith, organized/recognized/or otherwise.

Step right up and stir my brain...
Tags: religion, to be undone, writing research
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