We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I'm always conflicted. The seven deadly sins always get me.
It's quite a war the natural versus the spiritual. I think God set it up that way. He is always the clever fellow.
Good deeds do not get us into paradise. It's our sins that allow us to prove our mettle, via forgiveness for ourselves and others.
Robert Heinlein defined sin as "hurting others unnecessarily. All else is pecadillo." Much that I've been told is sinful seems to be perfectly natural and I think our natures are as God made them. If it is against God's will that we desire food, activity and sex, then why are they our nature at all? Original sin, some of you are ready to answer. But God knew that Adam and Eve were going to get after that forbidden fruit. Why did He leave the tree in the garden?
As social beings and followers of God, I hope we will use the Great Commandments and Bob Heinlein's definition of sin as our yardsticks. God may be more amused than honored when I notice that a pretty woman is desirable, but I think he's okay with it.