This is part of a comment I left on someone’s site I thought was worth re-posting:
Gluttony’s supposed to be a “deadly sin”, but I believe that’s a catholic thing : )
“I do believe though that what christians call grace is what buddhists call nirvana, and what the tao te ching describes as “being like the water that gathers in unpopular places”. As far as eternal consequences, any god that would punish anyone infinitely for finite crimes is by definition evil. I think (and there are theological arguments to this effect as well) that the doctrine of hell was added later. It doesn’t even make sense at all in christianity, the idea that jesus is our savior when there was no hell before he showed up. In the old testament the wages of sin are death, in the new testament (according to traditional interpretations) it is eternal torment. According to that translation/interpretation the new covenant screws us over, rather than saving us.
I think the bible has been twisted like taffy for so long the texts are a shadow of what they were when they were written, whether they have been improved or worsened overall I can’t know, but I suspect some of both. I think this may be why even the bible warns against following the letter of ancient texts because the spirit of the law is lost over time. Obeying the letter of the law is like giving someone a ticket for jaywalking when there are no cars for miles. The spirit of the law (purpose or reason behind it) is being completely perverted.
To condemn someone for premarital sex in an age with birth control and sex education when sex doesn’t automatically mean making a living being without committing to provide for and protect it makes less sense than it did in the bronze/iron age. If you asked people if having sex before marriage was evil they’d mostly say no. If you asked if having unsafe sex before marriage and risking impregnating a woman you weren’t committed to was evil a lot more people would agree. When the prohibitions against premarital sex were written there was no such thing as safe sex.”