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Rating: 0 of 0 votes Quote Al-Cordoby Replybullet Topic: What Makes Something a Sin? (Catholic vs. Muslim)
    Posted: 19 December 2017 at 6:08am

“You know, Theresa, when you do that, it makes the virgin Mary cry!”

My mother, a devout Catholic, would say from time to time about my less than pious choices.

“You hurt Jesus when you commit a sin.” The adults would tell the group of teenagers who attended youth group with me. My religious upbringing in the Catholic Church was full of this manipulation and spiritual hostage taking.

When I came to Islam, I would hear similar ideas from not so knowledgeable Muslims: The throne of God shakes when you do x, y, or z, many would repeat this weak narration or that. Why does God need us to do “x” and stay away from “y”? Some would ruminate.

But is imagining that some “far away” being is hurt by our choices enough to abstain from following whatever desire we have? To me, and most people, the answer is no.

For me, the answer is a resounding no, because I do not respond well to religious or spiritual manipulation. I am not interested in doing arbitrary things or dictating how I live my life just because it helps another being who claims to be powerful.

To that end, I do not and will not believe in a God Who needs anything from me. I do not believe in a God Who could be so weak as to require my good actions in order to be “OK” or would be weakened by my misbehavior. To me, such a being could never be God.

Despite the grumblings of not yet knowledgeable Muslims, Islam teaches, as a very basic tenet, that God is not in need of us avoiding sin or doing good...


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