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Fifth, the questionremains "What do you do with your sin?" Christianity hasthe strongest answer to this problem. Hinduism, like Buddhism, has atleast two ideas of sin. Sin is sometimes understood as ignorance. Itis sinful if one does not see or understanding reality as Hinduismdefines it. But, there remains an idea of moral error termed "sin."To do something deliberately evil, to break a spiritual or justearthly law, or to desire wrong things, these would be sins. But,that morality definition of sin points to a kind of moral error thatrequires real atonement. From where can atonement rise? Can atonementcome by adherence to karmic principles? Karma is impersonal andamoral. One could do good works to "even the balance" butone cannot ever dispose of sin. Karma does not even provide a contextwhereby moral error is even moral. Who have we offended if we sin inprivate, for example? Karma does not care one way or the otherbecause karma is not a person. For example, suppose one man killsanother man's son. He may offer money, property, or his own son tothe offended party. But he cannot un-kill the young man. No amount ofcompensation can make up for that sin. Can atonement come by prayeror devotion to a Shiva or Vishnu? Even if those characters offerforgiveness it seems like sin would still be an unpaid debt. Theywould forgive sin as if it is excusable, no big deal, and then wavepeople on through the gates of bliss.

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