One of the tools used by the religious elite to keep their minions in control is the concept of sin, by which they keep everybody nervous and hold the key to salvation. The rules, such as the 10 Commandments, which guide these matters are almost entirely focused on actions not to be taken and how to stay in line. Apparently, immobilized, the devout will be thus saved from damnation. Who benefits from this? Those in positions of authority within the Service-to-Self orientation, both human and alien. It is no accident that Church and State are frequently allied. Both want to control, to limit independent thought and action, to focus attention away from freedoms by describing the dangers therein. How does this benefit the Service-to-Self? In two ways.
First, when humans are concerned more about following the rules and limiting repercussions, they are not thinking about how to help others. One need only be in a crowded theater when fire breaks out or on a sinking ship to see what happens to humans when eminent danger is near. Panic, fear, me first, and all thought of helping others is put aside until the self is safe and secure. It is the rare person, the exception, who thinks of others in these situations, as the treatment and attention these heroes receive attests. They are given awards, even post humus. How does the concept of sin, as publicized by the religious elite, serve the Service-to-Self? By limiting concern for others.
Second, when humans structure themselves around a set of rules they are giving power and authority to those who set the rules and, in essence, giving themselves as possessions to those who set the rules. They are owned. They are not free. Blind obedience does not entail any options or qualifications. Blind obedience is not what occurs when someone runs a red light in an emergency, knowing that Stop and Go lights are simply a practical way of preventing collisions at intersections. Blind obedience occurs when the flock follows the rules, so as not to sin, and lets the religious elite rule on when infractions have occurred. Who will be the judge? Not God, but those who own and possess the sinner. This is all practice for life in the full-blown Service-to-Self orientation, during 4th Density. There the pecking order is rigidly established and the rules by which one may be punished are utterly arbitrary. The strong, who set the rules, deciding not only what rules should be established but when infractions occur. Rather than going to Hell because one sinned, one tends to go to Hell because one worries so very much about sinning.
Rather than focus on the rules, humans would do well to focus on whether their behavior is helping or hurting others - the true importance of their actions.