I’m told to imagine that there were a person who lived yet never sinned. And because of having never sinned, this person was God. My first thought would immediately be: well ok maybe, but first of all the obvious question – What exactly is sin?
As a child it is difficult to understand what is meant by sin, what the concept means at all. For a child it is impossible to understand the depth of the reality of sin – as an adult, it’s difficult not to understand all too well what sin is, to see the concept played out everywhere in this world of suffering.
But what precisely is sin, can you be crystal clear and tell us the concept in one sentence, which does not make use of the phrase “born with original sin”? – Sin is division within the essential unity of conscience.
Have you ever felt ethically conflicted? Who posits that there might be a conflict?
Sin is not as much about isolated indiscretions as about failing to commit yourself to the highest truth. The highest truth is that your intentions and your speech and your actions have cosmic consequences, metaphysical consequences, suprahuman consequences.
A person is not responsible for everything that happens to them, there is an element of fate in every life. But a person is eternally responsible for their will. You are a singular individual with a soul because you have a will which no force in the universe controls. The manifestations of a will can be infinitely subtle, and yet they are most often grossly apparent, crude mental products of the ego. That is why intellectuals in the second half of the 20th century tend to dismiss the idea of an independent individual will, because the will is often identified only with the social ego, a crude conceptual homunculus.
But choice and intention and speech are integral to the will, and they are infinitely free mediums, and with their subtle material the space of the soul takes shape.
But it does not begin as an empty space, a blank canvas, or purely material cellular activity. It begins with a period of extremely low entropy, like an egg or the start of a universe or the end of a sculpture. From this period of extremely low entropy, an element of fate is introduced which the soul must bear, because it is born free yet as a particular limited being. The seeds of the soul are encased in the individual at birth. The more you live, the more you are challenged by sin, by a will which is divided by its laziness and cruelty. The conflict is ever-renewing so long as you stay in a state of sin.
The solution is to lose your will, kill it, because it is a divided, mortal, derivative, accidental force of will, and out of that sacrifice you may take on the will of God. From there God will show you the path of liberation and the means of resurrection, and you will know beyond any doubts that the good is in serving a divine will rather than ruling a dying one.