Imagine you walk into a classroom and the teacher says, "get your pens out. There is a very important test and it will count as 100 percent of your grade." Once everyone is settled, the teacher hands out the test, but the pages are blank. Confused, you look at the teacher and ask "But where is the test?" And she says, "That’s it! You passed just for showing up! Congradulations!" Would you feel relieved or would you feel cheated?
In the teachings of Kabalah, it says that God gave us Eden, but it’s perfection did not allow for our spirits to grow as individuals. We stagnated. What is there to do if you have everything? So, God separated himself from us so that we would have to learn and strive to find him. This allowed for human creation and our own ingenuity. This is why we feel separated from our source. To find God in your life, there are many paths and religious faiths to choose from to find your way again. What if we were to find God without tests? Would we feel as fulfilled? Would we feel worthy? Remember the test from above. Some people would be happy that they didn’t have to do anything, but a lot of people would feel let down and that they really hadn’t accomplished anything at all. This is, as I see it, the reason for sin.
I have read many Spiritual books, and taken many courses on this journey in my life, and I had to think about God’s intentions for us. Why is there suffering? Why do we have murders, starvation, and what some would call sin? Would we feel worthy to walk through those pearly gates if we felt untested? Would we feel worthy if there were no test to begin with? This is not to say that all suffering or sin is for these reasons, but to really think about it, did God really intend for us to wipe sin off the planet? Then what? Eden. That is a wonderful concept, but if you think about it, as human beings when we are not tested, or when we do not have creativity flowing in our lives we become depressed, or bored. This is not to excuse sin on this planet amongst us, but what if we really did wipe sin off the planet. How long would Eden really last? And the bigger question is how would we feel walking to those pearly gates untested. Would you feel worthy to walk through?
So then, should we not fight sin at all? Should we stop trying to right the wrongs we see in the world. Absolutely not. These are our tests. Not just if we avoided temptation, as I have heard it called, but how we avoided the temptation. Did we leave blessings for our sister or brother to find their way, or did we cause pain and grief? Studying the course of miracles, and studying the path of Jesus Christ, I know that all situations should be handled with love. Now love is not a novel concept, and when we speak of standing in a principle of love, do not mistake this for weakness. Marianne Williamson states that when she went to Ebeniezer church to speak about Martin Luther King jr upon his birthday, that the other speakers spoke of his love ethic. She says that we place our figures into this characature that we remember rather than what the honest truth was for his time. Love was not convienent for the status quo then, and it is not convienent for the status quo now. Standing in love and compassion is truly the strongest standpoint that you can stand, and I do believe what brings us to our higher good.
Last but not the least, what is sin? There are so many doctrines on this, and most of us know what is evil and wrong and what isn’t. Then you have these grey areas. Don’t let the world fool you. There are a lot of grey area’s. Very few people live in a world that is black and white. We have the 10 commandments of course, and we have other great teachings, but who decides what is sin and what isn’t? I was blessed to have a great grandmother who had a nonsensical approach to this subject. She told us growing up that if there is something that you are doing, and you feel shame in the pit of your stomach, then that is a sin. We all know that feeling. Some can dismiss it, but most know it is there whether they admit this or not. She would say, God gave you a conscience for a reason. This is our barometer for sin. Along with this we also have our hearts. I ask myself, is this loving? Is this bourne of compassion? Once I weigh that, along with my stomach, I feel I have come to the right answers, at least for me. Many would say that this would be dependant upon how we are individually reared, and I would say absolutely right. Then there are other situations that I never knew existed, and was never exposed to growing up and the advice that I had to rely upon was that of what was within me. I had to trust that God guided me from within. I am fairly sure I have walked the road with as much love as I could. I am only human after all, but I do try.
So should we wipe sin from the planet? I would say it is a noble thought,, but I would rather be tested. I want to face God and see his big red A+ on my paper.. but that is just me.. Walk in loving Peace.