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The Question (ID Number 655)...

    It seems to me that half the problem with everything in this world stems from organized religion. People are so sure that when they leave this world all their sins will be forgiven and because the world was made through a divine source we cannot really hurt it or any other species occupying it because God made it his way, therefore we cannot improve or impoverish the world. It almost invalidates life to think that afterwards we go to a perfect place were everything is perfect and that our lives were a test to see if we were ready for perfection. It seems that this is the most perverse way of thinking I've ever heard. If I thought my life did not matter because I was heading to a perfect place and anything I did wrong would be forgiven as long as I confess, well I wouldn't feel as guilty because it is all God's design. I think the biggest step in this revolution would be to change minds about this issue. Am I way off base or is there some truth to this?

    ...and the response:

    There's much truth in what you say. I believe that a great many people share your feelings and that these sentiments have often been expressed in print, and this is why I've never seen any need to reiterate them in my own books.

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