If “guilt” is the secular statement laid upon our errors, “sin” is the parallel language of the cleric. Certainly when we turn away from God, forget the calling out of our best self, and lapse in our judgment of doing the highest good for the most beings, such forgetfulness needs to be identified, acknowledged and accepted. It is only from identifying-acknowledging-accepting that we learn what better choices were possible for us, what is the clearer path to God. Making good choices usually gives us a valuable confirmation of what we have learned, but rarely teaches us new things. Errors more easily demand our attention and our reflection due to the significance of their consequences. If we are open to it, our errors are our greatest teachers of Life. In the context of our true Purpose, our errors are to be welcomed and treasured even though they may cause us (and others) pain in the moment and thereafter.
Unfortunately, guilt manipulated in the hands of some secular authorities (parents, teachers, bosses), or sin in the hands of some religious authorities (priests, ministers, rabbis, imams), simply becomes another tool of control and domination over the mind. For these “authorities,” a continual emphasis on avoiding guilt and sin seems more of a priority than living positively in truth within the actual experience of God. Administered with a heavy hand, continually reinforced, guilt is used to equate our actions with the very worth of us as a human being. “Guilt and sin” swallows up our soul like an anaconda wraps itself around the body of its prey, choking the life out of its victim. No good lessons are learned, only the diminution of our soul results. Error of judgment is made into an error of self; a moment of bad action is made into badness itself. Learning is lost to punishment; a potential teacher instead becomes an executioner of a soul.
Guilt is one of the least productive emotions that live in our minds. Sin-based guilt is even more damaging and ill-productive, because it comes between us and God, and God’s overall design for our life. God cares less about what we have done, or where we have been, versus who we have become and what we are doing now. The “holy ledger” of our good and bad deeds is less important than the diploma that acknowledges what we have learned from those deeds. God starts and ends with us in love, forgiveness and acceptance. God understands that – IF we do not lock ourselves in a prison of the past – error is a prime tool for finding our way forward.
So we need to resist our conditioning towards guilt and sin. We need to use whatever secular therapy and/or spiritual discovery tools can purge ourselves of past guilt, and disconnect ourselves from the anchor of regret. We need to reject those who would lead us into the spiritual abyss that lies behind the twin doors labeled GUILT and SIN. Only then can we lighten our load so as to be able to live freely, and thereby walk into the future that God is providing to us each day.
© 2014 Randy Bell www.OurSpiritualWay.blogspot.com