But you have to admit that it is this notion of the vengeful God punishing humanity with eternal torment that has driven the orthodox church for the better part of two millenia. We have been haunted by blood atonement ever since Ireaneus decided that dissent was punishable by eternal torment in Hell. The fathers of orthodoxy wrote and acted with hatred, judgment and fear (particularly toward women), and the Church inherited that "anti-heretical" approach through its adoption by the Roman Empire. It may not be your experience, but it is the story of Orthodoxy. We are the author of our own judgment. The "sin" of believing we know "good" from "evil" is the thing that separates us. It is a return from reason - a rejection of "knowledge of Good and Evil" that is the path of Love. Unlimited forgiveness, unconditional love and tolerance flows from shedding the artificial line between self and other, human and God, nature and man, man and woman, and every other illusory "knowing." The return from reason is the path back to the Garden.