If there is such a thing as sin, this would be it: to allow yourself to become what you are because of the experience of others. You do not await your own experience, you accept the experience of others as gospel.

If you did not do this, you might have a wholly different experience — one that might render your original teacher or source wrong. In most cases, you do not want to make your parents, your schools, your religions, your traditions and your holy scriptures wrong — s.o you deny your own experience in favour of what you have been told to think.

You are therefore to be obedient to God’s commands. Or else.

Above all, you are not to ask such logical questions as, “if God wanted strict obedience to His Laws, why did He create the possibility of those Laws being violated?”

Ah, your teachers tell you — because God wanted you to have “free choice”. Yet what kind of choice is free when to choose one thing over the other brings condemnation? How is “free will” free when it is not your will, but someone else’s, which must be done?

Those who teach you this would make a hypocrite out of God.

~ Conversations with God, Book-I