Sin is a failure to choose good, That's all.
The Power of Choice!
Has it ever been said so simply?
Could it be that simple?
Do religions make sin out to be the worst thing you can ever do when in reality it's just a choice?
There are likely many, many answers to those questions depending on what you were raised to believe. Is the act of questioning what you've been taught a sin as well? Is questioning a failure to choose good because you are questioning what people have passed down for thousands of years? Now that's a question and in some cases a choice in itself.
Do you feel comfortable with what you know, or do you need more? I remember my first time asking about God in Sunday school. They were telling the story of Genesis and stated that God made the world, Adam and Eve, and everything you see on the planet and in the sky.At the ripe old age of 6 my question to the teacher was "Who made God?". To which she responded "no one". So, in my little analytical mind that just didn't seem quite right. So, I rejected the God taught to me in bible school and his son. Later in the day when they asked,"Do you accept Jesus into your heart" I said "Yes!" because I knew that saying anything else was asking for trouble and maybe a lecture. Even if I couldn't say those words at the time, I had a clear understanding of the situation, at least from my perception. To my defense, why would you ask a 6-year-old if they accept Jesus into their heart minutes after you told her God wasn't made? That’s like saying God isn’t real. As I write this, I find it interesting to look back and see the choice I made. Was it a choice of sin because I chose not to believe? A lot of people think it is. Does my age play a factor?
So, after many years of growing up going through things like having an alcoholic father and a manic-depressive mother, along with two people molesting me just a few years later, I then had my first-born son. But I was given the choice to be like Abraham and give my child back to God, a God that at that time I despised for allowing me to have such a decision, I turned my back on him again. Was that choice to say "I hate God" a sin because I chose to hate? Was anger the cause of my own internal suffering and hell on earth? Maybe or maybe not.
For many years after my sons death I was suicidal. Even after having two more children. I'm thankful for the one voice in my head that kept telling me that there was something more for me here(on earth) and don't give up. If it hadn't been for that voice I probably would not be here today. Now that voice sure sounded like me but was it? Was it the same God that made me choose to let my son die or be a "vegetable"?Was that God being merciful with me?
In looking at these brief scenarios, was my choice to hate God for my perceived suffering a failure to choose good (a sin), which perpetuated my suffering, and was that voice in my head God showing me how to respond with good, with love, and the opposite of sin?
When so many things come down to choice, who really has the authority to say what is a sin and what is not? For far too long people go around judging themselves because they learned early in life that sin is bad. Is it really though? Or is it a man-made conception to control societies actions?
My beliefs around choice are pretty simple: Everything is a matter of choice and every choice has a reaction/consequence for that choice. If you choose to do bad (sin) then bad will come upon you because what you put out into the universe you get back. I love that phrase"What goes up, Must come down". In the metaphysical community the saying is “As above, So below”. I find it so fitting to this topic because that is exactly how I see it.
I hated, so the universe gave me reasons to hate. When I stopped hating, the universe gave me reasons to love.
In closing, what do you think? Is sin just a failure to choose good?