Thank you for your comment and those are very good questions. PDM asked, "There is no right or wrong? What is sin? Does it matter what GOD thinks? Do we have to answer to a higher authority?"
It's so interesting how we have different beliefs and people are very passionate about what they do believe. And that's quite all right. I respect and honor your beliefs and they are right for you. Believe me, I struggled over the idea about there not being any right or wrong. When he first told me that, I thought he was crazy.
If you believe one thing and someone else believes the opposite, who is right and who is wrong? Most humans will automatically make the other person wrong, yet the other person is thinking the same thing in thinking that you are wrong because you don't agree with them. I mentioned earlier that the only way we make someone else wrong is when they don't live up to our expectations of the way we think they should think or be (or believe).
The original meaning of "sin" is to miss the mark (Greek), or to make a mistake. Somehow, back when the Bible was being written, it got turned into doing something wrong or evil, and against God. That is the current interpretation that most Christians (an non-Christians) use, which is okay if that's what they choose to believe.
And what does God think? Every single religion will tell you something different. And every single religion has their own beliefs. Personally, I choose to believe in a God who loves us unconditionally. God gave us the gift of free-will and He honors that gift. A God who loves us with pure, unconditional, love will love us no matter what we think. That is the God I choose to believe in. Not some old man with a long beard and white robe who sits up in the sky disciplining us, making something bad happen to us, or striking us dead when we don't do what a particular religion tells us we should do or not do. I used to believe in that God and my life was run with fear and guilt. Now that I believe in a God who loves us unconditionally, I no longer live in fear, and I have no guilt. Many churches and religious people will use fear and guilt to control you to believe what they want you to believe. Please do not make a snap judgment of this; really think upon it.
Do we have to answer to a higher authority? Again, every religion has their concepts of what that higher authority requires from us. Whose higher authority? The Baptists? The Catholics? Muslims? The Dalai Lama once said that his religion is kindness. If all religions would choose that as their creed, think of how much better we would all get along.
I would highly recommend reading "What God Wants, A Compelling Answer to Humanity's Biggest Question" by Neale Donald Walsch. I would also recommend taking a look at Bishop John Shelby Spong's website at http://www.johnshelbyspong.com/. I heard him speak last week at a retreat I attended. This man is very highly intelligent and is an expert on the Bible and Biblical history. You might find a lot of answers there to the questions you are asking. If you are passionate about what you believe, you may have to read these with an open mind because they will challenge your beliefs (and again, whatever you believe is okay). Even though I am very open-minded, they gave me food for thought, too.
Thank you, PDM, for your questions. They are questions that every human being thinks about at some point or other in their lives. And everyone comes up with their own answers. I could tell you everything that I believe, but they more than likely will be different in some or all areas from what you believe. And no way will I say that I am right and you are wrong because you don't agree with me.
I wish you nothing but the best, and wish you a lifetime of love and happiness. Kalina