"Sin" is a relative term and exists only in relation to canonized authority. If I decide that I am not subject to that particular authority, am I then "sinless"? Something to think about.
You cannot transgress or come into conflict with externally mandated morality if you run according to an internal locus of control. Any perceived sin is only categorized by the observer when viewed from the perspective of a participant within the externally mandated moral protocol and has no real bearing on the perceived sinner. It represents an extremely egocentric viewpoint and assumes universal acceptance of applicable mores and taboos.
It could be that the very categorization of sin according to ones own system of beliefs predisposes one to transgression and sinning as an act of transgression against the predominant system of belief and its inherent authority structure.
If the locus of control is internal and not external, the authority is self appointed and integrated within the individual and does not necessarily lead to a transgression of ideals or beliefs as the individual tends to be self empowered rather than rendered powerless.
Yea, I said it. Religion creates sin. Sin only exists in relation to religion. Guilt is prescribed as the appropriate reaction to and consequence of sin.
Look ma. No guilt. Self regulation. Personal empowerment. Internally regulated morality.
What’s the downside again?
And NO, I don't think that religion stops the world from digressing into a dog eat dog existence. I feel that spiritual progression demands radical responsibility and a firm, internal locus of control. fear based, reward based, black and white, us and them thinking or belief is not congruent with spiritual development. Neither is coercion.