In religious doctrines, we have to admit that we have sinned to be saved. What about the infants that die, have they sinned? How about the devoted religious person, can they have sinned? In the Christian religion, Christians believe that Jesus died for our sins. I imagine it is for the sins we have committed in the past, and also for the sins we are to commit in the future. But does this make sense?
All of the religious figures in the past have one thing in common. They all suffered to a degree. Many were imprisoned for their beliefs. Jesus sacrificed his life for his beliefs. But surprisingly, they all predicted their sufferings, and did not complain when it occurred. What belief or truth gave them courage to continue on, even in the torment of their bodies? I believe it is their belief that their suffering is the result of their past sins; but more important, it is the belief that they have control of their future by their actions of today. They accept their dilemma of today, but they also see the joy of the future.
The truth of causality states that good thoughts and actions result in joy in the future; evil (greed, and selfish) thoughts and actions portend sufferings. It is with this belief that we can eliminate evil, and plant seeds for a joyous future. The occurrence of suffering is expected as we have all sinned; but with these sufferings, we can plant new seeds of joy in the future.
How many converts to Christianity would have occurred if Jesus had asked God to take him off the cross and save him physically. But Jesus suffered to show the world that there is no exception to the law of causality. Even God’s chosen few have to abide by the law of cause and effect. Yes one can say that Jesus died for our sins; more specifically his suffering on the cross, reminds us that we have all sinned; but more important it emphasizes the importance of understanding causality. Jesus suffered so we can understand why there is suffering in the world. Jesus died so we may find the truth of causality. Remove evil from your minds!