Q. Do Buddhists believe in sin? If yes, then who keeps track of our sins, if there is no God.

A. According to Christianity, we can never escape from original sin, whatever good things we may do, if we do not believe in God. Buddhism says that we cannot escape from karma, whatever good things we may do, unless we have realised that everything is empty. Believing in God is to Christianity as realising that everything is empty is to Buddhism.

Buddhism says that, in essence, there is neither sin nor God who keeps track of our sins and that they are all empty illusions created by us. In other words, we are enslaved and ruled by the illusions created by our imagination. The core of Buddhist teaching is to control and rule all the illusions instead of being controlled by them through the realisation that everything is empty.

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