Religions talk about sin and sinners, but what does it really mean to sin?
Actually the concept of devil was invented by the human mind to control the masses with fear.
Many leaders managed to gain power through religion by associating people that would threaten their position with the devil and calling them infidels and heretics.
For this reason, the actual origin of the word “sin” and its meaning is unknown to too many people.
The Christian definition of sin
Christians believe that all living human beings have sinned and are in some way separated from God, who is perfect.
They define a sin as an act or thought that is contrary to the perfect will of God which separates the believer from the presence and will of God.
The only way a believer can escape the state of sinfulness is to become a believer in Jesus Christ.
There are a couple of problems with the Christian definition of sin just outlined:
1. “The only way to escape sins is to believe in Jesus.”
This means that Christianity is the only true faith.
This only calls for religious wars.
Yes, of course Jesus was one of the greatest spiritual guides. But most spiritual guides are not even known to us.
2. “Sin calls for punishment.”
This belief that punishment is correction is insane.
We need correction not punishment.
Judgment destroys honesty and shatters trust.
Open-mindedness comes with lack of judgment.
No one who loves can judge, and what he sees is free of condemnation.
“Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrums. One’s the work of God, one’s a man made invention. One is the cure, the other is the infection. Religion puts you in bondage but Jesus sets you free. Religion makes you blind but Jesus makes you see.” – Jefferson Bethke
“We were all humans until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us and wealth classified us.” – Pravinee Hurbungs
“At the time the concept of the devil came about, many leaders sought to gain power through religion. As such, all non-believers, infidels, and heretics (people who were thought to threaten total control) were to be associated with the devil and made to be the enemy of God as well as a threat to the eternal souls of others.” – Teal Swan
The real origin and meaning of sin
Not many people know that the word “sin” comes from ancient Greeks and the actual translation is “to miss the mark”.
This completely changes the concept of sin.
If you grew up in a Catholic household, you were taught that to sin is to be a terrible person.
Actually it only means that you made a mistake. It is everything that you feel, believe or say that goes against yourself.
The result is that so many people carry around the guilt of the mistakes they have made, thinking they are horrid people.
Once you become aware that sins are mistakes to be correct they become powerful tools to enhance your life.
If you think of sin as errors harming yourself (or others, as we are one) they can show what you need to know to improve your life.
Here are 4 steps to reprogram yourself and take your spiritual life to the next level.
You make decisions every single day. Even the choice to choose nothing or delaying a choice is a decision. Your life is the result of a lifetime of decisions.
There’s only one problem.
The person you are is miserable.
So, here’s the challenge I want you to commit.
Every time you feel negative or you face a decision I want you to ask yourself the following question:
What would someone who loves themselves do?
Give an answer to yourself and take action on it.
Live your life according this one simple question. The answer will come as an intuition: a gut feeling, a thought, an image, an emotion, a sensation.
2. Don’t be harsh with yourself
Before you make something that could potentially be detrimental to you, practice asking yourself:
“Would I do this to the child within me?”
Visualize your inner child looking at a photo or through imagination.
Are you able to say to that child that she deserves to be unhappy, deprived and unloved?
Probably not. Yet that’s what you are saying to your adult self.
Can you identify a point in your life when you suddenly became undeserving of happiness and love?
Probably not. This means you still deserve to love yourself.
There will never be a time in your life where you deserve anything less than your childhood self deserves.
So, even if you experience setbacks along the journey don’t judge yourself. Don’t be harsh with yourself. Just come back on track.
3. Make your happiness a priority
Build a habit of positive focus and appreciative attitude toward yourself.
Happy people focus on what they already have, while unhappy people focus on what they lack.
Don’t seek the approval of other people to make your decisions.
You’re better than that. You’re unique, you don’t need to fit other people’s desires to feel accepted.
4. Respect your own boundaries
We often violate our own boundaries adopting another person’s beliefs or ideas so we are accepted and loved.
But if you don’t decide how you want to live, what you want to be, and what you want to do, then someone or something else will decide these things for you.
And this will destroy you in the long-term.