Wait...what? I said I didn't believe Christian dogma, and I promised to talk about something positive next time, so why am I talking about sin? Well, I just thought that since it's Sunday, it would be fun to get some old-time religion going. Um...just kidding!!!!
You are not a sinner in the Christian sense that "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." There is no Original Sin, no inescapable sin passed down from your ancestors to you, nothing that you've done to piss God off so much that he'll send you to Hell for eternity if you don't believe the right things. I will be devoting an entire post to Hell sometime in the near future. But for now, let's get on to my uplifiting message.
You are an expression of the divine!!! The creative force of the universe is inside of you; it's inside of everyone and everything. It's so awesome to know that my baby is an expression of the divine. Knowing that, how can I ever treat him/her like anything but that?
I attend a Unity church. Unity teaches that we are all expressions of the divine. Unity follows the teachings of Jesus (although often interpreted radically different than mainstream Christian churches and thus is why I don't consider myself a Christian). Unity believes that Jesus is divine, but no more divine than the rest of us. Jesus is the expression of our highest potential. He reached the highest level of consciousness that can be attained. We all have that potential within us.
So where does sin come in? A few weeks ago, my minister talked about sin in her Sunday message. Sin is a term in archery that means "to miss the mark." So, by sinning, you are missing the bullseye. You must go and pick up your arrow and try again. Unless you have never made a mistake and are always hitting your bullseye in life, you are a sinner. You're not going to Hell, because Hell doesn't exist. The only thing that exists is love. You have the potential to be like Jesus (or Gandhi, Dalai Lama, Buddha, Martin Luther King Jr., whatever spiritual/religious leader inspires you). You just have to keep trying.