Originally posted by Ex_CT2
Oh! I get it: If you don't sin, then Jesus died in vain.
I can live with that....
It's not an invitation to sin, but a challenge posed to forgive and reintegrate and to be made whole, and if you must sin, do it with with courage,
that there is hope that it will not overtake you, hope that it can be redeemed, reintegrated and transformed, and then left behind like a husk while
the new life and motivation germinated in sin's lesson, puts down new roots, as a shoot emerges in the light of love as a domain of freedom, not to
sin, since the impulse to sin has been undone in the desire for true happiness, peace, love joy and the satisfaction of wholeness and integrity, but
to fully love, including the love of self and the other as self as we are already loved, by God (as evidenced by virtue of our own inclusion).
Jesus "died" or took on sin and sorrow while remaining obedient even to the point OF death, so that he might also bring us along with him in the
triumph and the joy of the resurrected life on the other side of the tomb.
It is an invitation into a new domain of possibility and reintegration and free and full authentic self expression, "set free for the sake of freedom
to freely love as we are loved" where to love and be loved is the only thing that truly satisfies, so even though it comes in the form of an unmerited
gift of grace, is it not the bread of shame, but the bread of life freely given because of love, real love of the kind capable of reintegrating
ourselves relative to our own prior sinful nature and thus reconciling ourselves to God (as the all in all).
Properly understood, and received, it's a real marvel, not the kind of thing to be causally mocked in ignorance although I'm sure you can be forgiven
the oversight, or undersightedness of the idea that Jesus' love expressed through the cross is a permissive framework to sin, which can be seen for
the absurdity that it is especially when we are courageous enough to pick up our own cross and follow him, a cross made all the lighter for us because
of his own heavy lifting. "..and I will give you rest, because my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Jesus did not wag an accusatory finger at everyone, nor was he "sent" to condemn the world, but he was certainly sent to try to teach us something of
great worth and value. Maybe now we're slowly but surely reaching a point where we might begin to understand his method, and his innermost heart's
desire and passion.
The real question is what are we really passionate about? What do we REALLY want if not to be whole again, reunified, reintegrated or in the word of
Carl Jung, fully "individuated" or self-realized?
It's the point where the rubber really meets the road and goes places far and wide, when we can love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us,
and that's a challenge that can be taken up by either Christian or non-Christian alike (who are often persecuted, ironically, by Christians for ah not
Strangely, there is nothing about it that one can rebel against, and yet at the same time it's a love capable of serving the highest standard of a
severe justice and a tender mercy, while making no compromise with sin and evil (and thus giving it little choice but to either flee or be transformed
in a radical forgiveness, lol).
It just doesn't work and function according to the standard doctrine of salvation, unless and until it's understood with comprehension in the light of
personal spiritual experience.
It's a different kind of Liberty of a whole other order which transcends the law of should and shouldn't inviting us into an exploration of "the
oughtness of the isness of being" where all the joy and treasure is available.
So it amounts to power, really, or empowerment (including psychic and spiritual power) where power is the freedom to choose, with awareness i.e.: no
longer a slave to sin.
It's funny though how everyone's still looking for a loophole based on their own ignorance and desire to keep sinning which is why the deeper truths
of Christianity probably don't sell very well, even though they are the most precious of treasures to be had.
edit on 13-1-2013 by NewAgeMan because: (no reason given)