With this essay I want to draw attention to sins, and if this article is useful and of interest, I will continue in a separate one about the virtues, as well as the balance between us in ourselves, around us and globally in the world.
What is sin? – This is what we must try to answer. And I can divide the question into 2 main poles: “Sin as an action we regret” and “Sin as a non-existent subject.”
Sin as an action that we regret – this is our own guilty conscience, which has a “need” for reassurance. In reality, there is a need for liberation, which happens only by telling the truth and accepting the fact; and then the application of the conclusion that can build us as a stronger person.
When a person has such a problem, it is easy to fall into self-pity, self-condemnation, denial or accusation – these are the psychological mechanisms that try to keep the psyche in a straight line of belief, because if this belief is “broken”, one of the scariest questions comes up: “Am I the problem?”; then it’s only a matter of time before other questions arise: “If I have the problem, why am I like that?”, “What’s wrong with me?”, “Why is it happening to me?”, “How did I deserve it?”, ” Maybe I deserve evrerything bad in my life? ” Unfortunately, this spiral of depression is very common and very often people try to fight with themselves for years, most of the time on an unconscious level. Some will even say “You have to fight your ego to have peace of mind” – but this is not truly the case.
The contradiction is from not accepting what happened. Yes, sometimes it is very difficult to accept the biggest “falls” in our lives, but it all depends on the mindset and the will to build – “What did I learn from all of this?”, “Where did I go wrong, respectively – what to reinforce in myself? “,” Isn’t the sin I committed part of building my new perspective on life? “.
By the rules and laws of the area where humans lived, evolution made our brain to look more at the negatives (instincts and way of seing/spotting the danger); the psychological attack for guilt is literally 6-7 millennia old, developed from these very insticts with the rise of philosophy and the moral-codex of human kind. When was there no punishment, rebuke, condemnation, and reference to “sin” by the gods, God, the Great Consciousness, religions, monarchies? It has always been present.
But often the rebuke in the style of “sin” is rather a moral compass … And here we come to the second pole:
Sin as a non-existent subject- why non-existent? Everything that our mind perceives can be called reality. The key is in the mentioned “gods” or “deputies of the gods” – priests, kings, institutions. These are also the interpreters of “God’s laws” or “the will of the gods”; “In the name of Odin”, “Tangra”, “God is merciful”.
Our moral compass should tells us what is allowed and what is not for the simple reason of transmitting previous wisdom. In order to have the tools to build on a civilizational level, there must be a transmission of past experience. Should each of us slaughter a human being to know that it is not a good deed? No, and that is why more ancient and wise texts are called “teachings” – there are recommendations for life, not dogmas for life. But this can only be used by a higher level of human understanding, which is directly related to the general civilizational level of development and perception of what is moral, where is the limit, what is character, what does it mean to cross the threshold, and perhaps the most neglected – What is it that motivates us to be better? There can be no motivation in “do this, otherwise you will die in Hellish torment!”.
But these reflections are very dangerous, especially when the institution of the church becomes so powerful that it can easily be called “a part of the state”, and essential for the function of the state. Thus faith and religion become an instrument of the rulers, not the consolation of the laity, nor the search for some ultimate truth about life.
The edits in the old texts, as well as the exclusion of some of the great Bible anthology, are known to serve the interests of the church as an authority and impose a certain motive for the actions of the worshipers.
The Conclusion – what are the final thoughts? Overall, I did not want to delve into the well-known facts and disputes on this topic, but after pointing out the two poles of philosophical consideration and historical chronology of events, my conclusion tends to a moral-ethical philosophical compass for reflection.
And it is in the connection that I present the Seven Deadly Sins as ostentatious, not for a hint of guilt, but for reflection on our own lives:
What these sins have in common is the pit they form in ourselves. Each of us has experienced these negatives “on our own backs” and it is clear enough that they are like suction pits, real black holes.
Therefore, do not let “sins possess you” is an absolutely adequate recommendation – they conquer, they are easy to give into, they are addictive and tempting, because a person is set to seek love, but when he does not find it (in any form) ), he replaces love, care and self-expression with “sins”, “damnation” and failure.
Virtues are more difficult, require much more effort at first, but have a return value over time; while sins are easier and have an instant lustful effect, which, however, does not add value over time, but takes away value.
The question that often comes up is “How do we atone for our sins?” – reflection, thought, insight on the problem, courage in actions, honesty towards ourselves, honesty towards our own feelings, towards the world; the truth in our actions; striving for constructive action.
After all, who wants to have a fulfilling life? I leave the answer to you, without blaming you, only thoughts, and the choice is always yours.