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How To Avoid Sin.
Do we say this man sins because he thinks about stealing a loaf of bread?
What is sin?
The notion of sin is not just for Christians. It is a universal concept. One does not have to base it in the Bible.Sin is all around us. And even Atheists understand what sin means. Let us look at sin.
First let us look at what sin is not. There is a difference between "sin" in the head and sin in the heart. Please be sure here that we are not literally speaking of the heart and the head. We are speaking of the difference between what is in our thoughts versus what is in our inner most feelings. The head and the heart have been for some reason determined to be the places we refer to when using these concepts. Many argue that the mind is all in the head but that is only partially true. You see the mind is only part of the nervous system which includes all of our senses. From hearing to smelling these are all part of what we refer to as the head.
When we refer to our heart we include feelings and emotions which in scientific fact are connected more to the brain but we refer to them as matters of the heart. We just do.
So a sin is not just a fleeting unconnected thought in our heads. In order to be sinful it must be felt down in our heart. Some would argue against this idea. And say that even a millisecond of a thought is a sin. Well that is fine and dandy for those who are near perfect. And that might work out well for some in deep religious belief but it does not work for everyone in all aspects.
So for this purpose here in this article sin is not a thought. It must be deeper in at least a feeling or more concretely in an action.
What do we ever do to deserve one pleasure
What do you think?
Is there a notion of sin that is universal?
What is a sin?
It is easy for some who are religious to point to scripture to determine what a sin is and is not. But here we dig a little deeper. Also here we are not dealing with the ultimate types of consequences of sin. We are only dealing with the here and now and not what happens in an afterlife.
Here we consider sin as a state that is the opposite of loving. Some of these sins match up to written religious notions. Or some would say the modern religious thought matches what was and is universally known as a sin. (remember that condemnation and karma and things of such nature are not the subject here) Either way let us look at some sins.
Apathy: When we just do not care a bit about others. Or when we just do not care about ourselves. Or when we just do not care about our earth and living things. In short here we speak of apathy as just not caring. It should be considered though that two type are excluded here and given a medical excuse. One is the person that is deeply clinically depressed, here the chemicals of the mind block the sensitivities required for a deep caring. And the other is the person who just cannot empathize at all. Sad but there are those folks. But even here it can be said that if they just take some action based on the cerebral that while they are void in there hearts their actions overcome. Consider the person who does not feel the compassion but writes a check to abate hunger.
Hate: No matter the egregious behavior of another there is no getting around it hate is a sin. It serves no purpose other than feeding the selfish concerns of the ego. It is wasteful. It is shameful and it is destructive. Here we see the importance of the distinctions between a fleeting thought in the head, a gut feeling held deeply and action taken. Clearly the degree of affliction is important in determining whether or not one is sinful in this regard.
There are many more and for each of us there are different types of sin. But this gives us some insight and criteria for abating our perhaps sinful nature.
Trespass can be a sin.
So the world is full of sin.
By the title we promised some answers and that is the point of this article. How do we avoid sin?
We wake up and smell the roses that is how we do it. We fill our hearts so full of the good that there is no room for sin. We train our brain to reject the negative and concentrate on the positive. And we take action that fills our days with good and love. In short we take our vessel of life and we deny any vacuum in which sin can creep in.
Just think for a moment this way. I do not have to believe in sin in order to recognize the negative in the world around me. I can move mountains and smooth out valleys for myself and for others by practicing the opposite of sin.
Our positive actions do not need to be great. Kindness and gentleness towards others and ourselves is good enough. Physically motivating ourselves to do good works for others is something that we can all do. A hug, an encouraging word all the way to blankets and food for the needy. If we practice these things and fill our minds and our hearts with them and thoughts and feeling about doing good then what room is left for sin?
Two worlds with one goal?
Don't commit the little sins
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