I know what you're probably thinking. "Another condescending post about religion and God".
Nope. That's not what this is about and if my title or what I'm about to say offends you, please check your insecurity and refrain from trying to check me. I am open to respectful intellectual conversation, but close-mindedness and personal attacks are unacceptable. I believe in asking questions and I ultimately believe in relationship over religion. I choose to have a personal and intimate relationship with God and dispel indoctrination and dogma.
The purpose of the title is to simply grab your attention and keep you reading. (It's also a reference to the title of an incendiary fire-and-brimstone-style sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" written by British Colonial Christian theologian Jonathan Edwards and also preached to his own congregation on July 8, 1741.)
It worked if you've read this far. Please continue.
So, who am I? Who are we?
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."(Genesis 1:27 ESV)
Let's pause for a moment to understand what that means.
I understand "created in" to mean modeled after or from.
What is an image? An image is a reflection of light or even better, a visual representation of something. Say what?!
Could it be that we are, in part, a visual representation of God?
What is light? Light is described as pure energy. Energy cannot be created or destroyed. It simply IS.
God is pure energy. God is formless and sexless; neither male nor female. God simply IS; never to be contained or connected to by carnal consciousness.
Now, moving on to sin. What is sin? What does it mean to sin? What does it mean to be a sinner?
The concept of sin is not exclusive to Christianity. Its concept is an aspect of the Baha'i Faith, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism just to name a few.
I have expanded my consciousness and awareness of God outside of a system of goodness and rewards and sin and wrath, though, because it seems rather rudimentary. It also doesn't convey freedom, but merely constraint and control.
The Hebrew root word for the word sin, means to miss. One source says "It doesn't mean to commit something wrong; it simply means to miss, to be absent. To miss means to not be there, doing something without being present there---this is the only sin."
Hmmm. That's profound. "Without being present" from what? From OUR lives NOT A LIFE WE WERE TOLD we have to live. How many of you have done things unaware of our own truth? Hell, have you even sought out your own truth? If not, why? Why continue to do things unaware? Have you done or do you do them for an internal or external purpose? Is it just to get to Heaven? Wow! What about life right now? I dare say that many of us are programmed and are on autopilot. We think we are in control of our lives, but in reality we are controlled by an external operating system built on outdated source code injected with a litany of vulnerabilities and malware.
Let's juxtapose the concept of Evangelical Christianity against the state of sociopolitical affairs in America for a moment. I don't care what anyone says to the contrary, this country was not founded on Christ-like principles at all!
From the mass genocide of the Indigenous people of what is known today as the United States of America to slavery to women's suppression to Jim Crow to mass incarceration laws to xenophobic rhetoric to incendiary anti-abortion and anti-homosexual laws, America wreaks of a rancid stench of hate. So, nah, I'm not buying the "America is a Christian nation" rhetoric. America should erase all mentions of "In God We Trust" and "One Nation Under God" from all of its currency, pledges of allegiance, emblems, logos, and legislation.
Jesus preached L-O-V-E. Period. He didn't espouse the ideas of exclusivity in any way. Jesus wasn't a hater; he was a lover and a fighter. (Like Me :-) )
Many of us live in a constant state of fear, which is underpinned by what we were taught as children by loving but fearful parents.
Fear is the opposite of freedom.
I choose to be free and if that's a sin, my reward is in Heaven.
(*French Montana voice*) Haaaaaaaaaa!