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Fear of responding to life

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Fear of responding to life

The soul is like a flower opening up before the sun…our sins are based on the fear of fully responding to life in a manner that allows our hearts to expand in love. Sin is a headlong escape from truth and our own inner need for grace. We seek to flee pain, but only run deeper into its embrace.

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'Sin' is a silly little word, imo. Things which some consider a 'sin', like homosexuality for instance, no reasonable person would describe it as wrong!

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'Sin' is a silly little word, imo. Things which some consider a 'sin', like homosexuality for instance, no reasonable person would describe it as wrong!

Yes I understand, yet it still has meaning for many and not always based on neurotic guilt but the reality of the fact that we do have freedom, that it can grow, and also that we can fail.

Peace

Mark

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Yes I understand, yet it still has meaning for many and not always based on neurotic guilt but the reality of the fact that we do have freedom, that it can grow, and also that we can fail.

Peace

Mark

I am not sure what you mean by that?

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I am not sure what you mean by that?

We sin when we know what we are doing is wrong, when we go against what our conscience tells us is wrong. Our choices create us, our sins wound us. When we realize that we are free and responsible then we can change, turn away from a way of life that is self destructive towards ourselves and others. Sin makes us less human, less loving, more narcissistic. We close ourselves off from others and from life itself when we refuse to do what is best for ourselves and others.

True guilt can lead to change, also failure need not keep us down, there is always hope for a new beginning.

Peace

Mark

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We all do things we shouldn't from time to time, and if we are decent we should make amends to any human we have harmed. If the deity exists how does it live with itself if the deeds attributable to it had any basis in fact?

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We all do things we shouldn't from time to time, and if we are decent we should make amends to any human we have harmed. If the deity exists how does it live with itself if the deeds attributable to it had any basis in fact?

I was talking about sin being opposed to reality, to the fact that God exist, we are called to relationship, the more we try to escape into sin, the more we suffer. Addictions of all kinds, our not loving others, reducing them to objects rebounds back on us. We are called to love others as ourselves, to love God, to see Christ is others, all others. So to fail in that is sin. To admit to sin, is to admit to freedom, the freedom to 'convert', to turn around, to ask for mercy and a new beginning. This leads to hope and trust.

What do you mean my 'deity"(?), I always find language can break down when talking about this kind of thing.....thanks for asking, keep asking if I am not clear.

Peace

Mark

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I was talking about sin being opposed to reality, to the fact that God exist, we are called to relationship, the more we try to escape into sin, the more we suffer. Addictions of all kinds, our not loving others, reducing them to objects rebounds back on us. We are called to love others as ourselves, to love God, to see Christ is others, all others. So to fail in that is sin. To admit to sin, is to admit to freedom, the freedom to 'convert', to turn around, to ask for mercy and a new beginning. This leads to hope and trust.

What do you mean my 'deity"(?), I always find language can break down when talking about this kind of thing.....thanks for asking, keep asking if I am not clear.

Peace

Mark

By deity I mean the god character in the Bible.

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By deity I mean the god character in the Bible.

I believe that revelation from God is possible, I also understand the bible is not a word by word revelation of God, it is man's growing in understanding and also in his ability to receive. For the early Jews, their God was formless, different, yet still a war god. He was carried into battle, (the ark) so it was one god against another. That is why the Jews were so often tempted to created and idol. The golden calf for instance. The early Jews were no different from their neighbors. However over time, human sacrifice disappeared. The law while it can be rough, also has parts that show compassion and mercy for the alien, the slave and the downtrodden. It was against cruelty to animals etc. It was a mixed bag. The Spirit I believe continues to work within human history to help us grow in understand just what the revelation of Jesus means and is......we are still very young I believe, primitive and more like instinct bound animals than actually being truly and deeply human. Jesus was the apex of revelation in the bible I believe.....though again we still do not understand it, still learning, groping and failing. God is always revealing Himself to us, our capacity to listen differs from era to ear, people to people and individual to individual. If you read the Prophets, they are speaking in the name of the Lord, who is deeply concerned over issues of justice, proper treatment of people and yes animals. I agree the Old Testament is not always easy to read, but there is more than the stereotype that people like to throw out........though I am used to it and it does not concern me over much.

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The Biblical characters aren't exactly a good advertisement for their version of god, many of them are highly unpleasant, just as some of the high profile god botherers are today. The TV evangelists are the scum of the earth, in my opinion preying, off the gullible!

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The Biblical characters aren't exactly a good advertisement for their version of god, many of them are highly unpleasant, just as some of the high profile god botherers are today. The TV evangelists are the scum of the earth, in my opinion preying, off the gullible!

They are human, just like you and me. God uses whomever he will. to understand how we are inwardly at war with ourselves allows for the freedom of not being surprised at the weaknesses or failures of others, I have have my own.

Peace

mark

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Fear of responding to life

The soul is like a flower opening up before the sun…our sins are based on the fear of fully responding to life in a manner that allows our hearts to expand in love. Sin is a headlong escape from truth and our own inner need for grace. We seek to flee pain, but only run deeper into its embrace.

That is very well said.

Yes, sin is turning one's back from love and truth and turning to the ego/self for comfort/power/pleasure, which never lasts, and only ends in bitterness.

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'Sin' is a silly little word, imo. Things which some consider a 'sin', like homosexuality for instance, no reasonable person would describe it as wrong!

Sin comes from knowing good consequences of thoughts and deeds from bad consequences of thoughts and deeds. When we knowingly chose something which will have a negative, harmful or destructive consequence on ourselves or others, we sin. It is the knowledge and feedback psychologically, that we are doing something wrong, harmful, hurtful, or destructive, which creates the sin and causes the sin to alter our minds and our bodies via psychological processes. Thus the act of homosexuality might be a sin if it does or causes harm, but the act of infidelity in a marriage definitely is, on many levels of morality, from breaking the terms of a promise/contract, to an act of emotional and physical betrayal.

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I thought 'Sin' means 'To Stumble' or there a bouts, so just pick yourself up again, surely....

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I thought 'Sin' means 'To Stumble' or there a bouts, so just pick yourself up again, surely....

The original derivation of "sin" is from an archery term. It means to fall short of the mark. In Christian theology to sin is to fall short of the bulls eye mark god sets as the standard for people. Everyone will fall short of the mark (god is kind of like robin hood) but our job is to always try our hardest to hit the bullseye.

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