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An Inspirational Word About Sin

Updated on May 4, 2010

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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      Noreen 6 years ago

      I don't know what kind of teachings your following. God demonstrated His love for us through Christ's death on the cross. If you eliminate Christ's suffering, bloodshed, and death on the cross, your not accepting God's love for you. If you don't believe Jesus paid for your sin, then somebody will have to pay for it! "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life IN JESUS CHRIST" Romans 6:23. God requires perfection. And if im not mistaken no one is perfect in this world because "all have sinned". Only the Son of God who was able to do all the things God wants Him to do. and by accepting Christ into our hearts, God no longer sees our imperfections but Christ in us. Please do not be entangled with the doctrines of this world. Stick with the Word of God.

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      Stochast 7 years ago

      As far as I'm concerned, you and your minster are using the right kind of Bible. In particular, I really like the metaphor of the bullseye.

      I'm a Quaker by background, and it really bothers me when people use what is supposed to be a faith about love and unity to divide, slander, and hurt others. I admire your faith and your practice.

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      PWalker281 7 years ago

      Great hub, Heather! I like the Unity approach to Christianity. Very loving and supportive.

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      HeatherVegRD 7 years ago

      Smireles - The Unity church does consider themselves Christian, but if you are using today's mainstream Christian as the definition for Christian, then Unity is not Christian. We do not believe Jesus died for our sins.

      However, it doesn't hurt to look at different viewpoints. As for your comment "The Bible says what it says," there are many different Biblical interpretations. How do you know that you have the correct one? A book that I really like is "Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously but not Literally" by Marcus J. Borg. People interpret the Bible many number of ways. Even within the Christian church, as you know, there are hundred (maybe thousands?) of denominations. That's mostly because they disagree on at least one aspect of Biblical interpretation.

      Thank you for your comments everyone!

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      Karen Metz 7 years ago from Michigan

      Sorry, I have to agree with Smireles. I doubt your church is using the right kind of Bible.

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      4x4 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I have yet to find and indeed it will be hard to find anybody who have always hit their bulls-eyes in life.

      Although the Old and the New Testament Bible do say that there was apparently one man who did.

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      Sandra Mireles 7 years ago from Texas

      I do not exactly understand what type of church the Unity church is but if you claim to be Christian and use the Bible as a point of reference your belief system is totally out of the box. The Bible says what it says. None of us have the right to change or ignore the teachings to make us feel better. I am not being combative. I am just commenting.

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      well read hub write thanks