mbas, while no one is able to live up to Christ's teachings you do have to atleast attempt to. Just because someone calls themselves a Christian doesn't mean that they are. ...
And just because someone keeps the ten commandments ~ or at least tries to uphold them to the best of his / her ability ~ doesn't make that person a Christian. So what does it make this person? ~ An unsaved sinner???
Is it better to be a really bad sinner, who is a Christian, or a truly decent person, who cannot believe that Jesus is God?
People do not need the Bible in order to adhere to a moral code. The Bible does contain some some good teachings on morality, but it also contains some dreadful teachings~
~giving one's daughters to strangers for sex
~seducing one's father
~betraying one's most faithful follower
Is that the kind of morality that I want to have held up before me as God's good example?
I think not.
I don't dislike the word 'sin' because I feel guilty, I dislike it because it is over-used by Christians, for reasons I cannot yet understand, except that it is somehow to try to make us all feel guilty about everything.
While I used to carry this burden of guilt on my shoulders, I no longer do. If I do something wrong ~ something specific, I feel bad about it & try to put it right, but I see no reason to feel bad when I haven't done anything. I refuse to carry the guilt of Eve, who probably didn't exist and whose only sin was to eat fruit when she was only one day old.