The Bible is a Parable in itself in Philosophy & Theory Posted yesterday at 09:30 AM · Report reply That’s the difference between our religions. I don’t believe humans are born in sin or require salvation from an imperfect state of being. The gods I worship don’t punish humanity for being human. We make bad choices sometimes, and fall short of the virtuous life we’re encouraged to lead. But having flaws is a fundamental part of who we are. The gods don’t ask for perfection from me. If I commit a specific unethical act, fall to hubris, or break an oath, I seek atonement. But I feel no need to ask for forgiveness simply for being born a flawed mortal. I also don’t view the earth as a prison, but a goddess. The earth is Gaia, a primordial divine being. I’m also not a spirit trapped in a meat body awaiting death and release from carnal existence. I believe our physical form, and experiencing the many pleasures of life, is spiritual in itself. I don’t require Jesus to save me. I’m not in spiritual peril.