An Inspirational Word About Sin
We're All Sinners
You may be wondering how it is possible to write an inspirational column on sin. When you were little, you may have learned that sinners go to hell, or that sin separates us from God. I am writing to give you a different perspective on sin.
You are not a sinner in the Christian sense that "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." There is no Original Sin, no inescapable sin passed down from your ancestors to you, nothing that you've done to piss God off so much that he'll send you to Hell for eternity if you don't believe the right things.
I attend a Unity church. Although Unity follows the teachings of Jesus and believes that he is divine, he is no more divine than the rest of humankind. We are all expressions of the divine, and Jesus shows us what our highest potential is. He reached the highest level of consciousness that can be attained, and we all have that potential within us.
That means that YOU are an expression of the divine!!! The creative force of the universe is inside of you; it's inside of everyone and everything. It's so awesome to know that my son is an expression of the divine. Knowing that, how can I ever treat him/her like anything but that?
So where does sin come in? A few weeks ago, my minister talked about sin in her Sunday message. Sin is a term in archery that means "to miss the mark." So, by sinning, you are missing the bullseye. You must go and pick up your arrow and try again. Unless you have never made a mistake and are always hitting your bullseye in life, you are a sinner. You're not going to Hell, because Hell doesn't exist. The only thing that exists is love. You have the potential to be like Jesus (or Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Buddha, Martin Luther King Jr., whatever spiritual/religious leader inspires you). You just have to keep trying.
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