Learning from Our Mistakes/Misdeeds

I think we Earthlings have misunderstood God/Love/Her/Creator/Him/Lord of Light/Higher Self a lot. After I became a Catholic, I tried to reconcile the differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament and I couldn’t. Was God fierce or loving, angry or forgiving? Did God punish or encourage? Had God evolved—but if he had, how had he always been, is now, and ever shall be the same Great Being? I know I think too much, but a lot of us have a kind of uneasiness inside: Why such different messages in one holy book? I really don’t know, but finally decided I was going with the loving God of the New Testament and would leave the differences to be explained by the theologians. Which brings me to the teachings of my spiritual mentor that began and ended with the answer to every problem, ‘God’s will be done.’

‘God’s will be done’ was highlighted whenever I wanted something for myself, especially my overriding desire for children. My mentor seemed to know better than I the predestined course of my life and when I strayed, I’d eventually fall to my knees and say, ‘Forgive me, Lord. Your will be done’–until my final betrayal and being asked to leave the group. For me, ‘God’s will be done’ had become, in place of a blessing or a loving acknowledgement of oneness, almost a curse. ‘I will never know God’s will,’ I thought, ‘because I’m no good, I’m selfish, I’m a liar,’ and so on.

Wow, did I misunderstand. We humans are children of the Creator, whether our Creator is male or female or a holy spark within us. We are born on this incredibly beautiful world to live and to learn from our mistakes, to express, to relate, to love and be loved, and to be the most god-like we can. This means giving blessings, compassion, understanding and aid to ourselves and anyone who needs healing. As we are healed, others are healed; as others are healed, we are healed. It means trading in the ‘you’re damned’ mentality for something that touches our hearts and changes our minds: LOVE.

It’s very easy to look out at others and call them evil or degrading names, especially when we focus on differences. But none of us is in the position to see others’ faults or actions and ‘call them out.’ We are not here to hurt, but to help. We are here to listen and gain insight. “Ohhhhhh. No wonder he/she did that.” With just a little effort and a willingness to be wrong—to see another’s point of view—we can jump onboard the Love Train and truly share lives of joy.

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3 thoughts on “Learning from Our Mistakes/Misdeeds

  1. Methinks that it isn’t so much that God is limited, but that mankind is limited in understanding God. When your child is a toddler, you can’t explain why he shouldn’t just run across the street–he won’t and can’t comprehend the danger. As man progressed, ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ changed into the Ten Commandments. Then Jesus came to fulfill the law and the emphasis was placed on love.

    Different approaches to the basically same religious concepts correspnded to the people’s comprehension–of that part of the world. The pure of heart and spirit have no problem in any religion–but men’s egos and minds have always corrupted the purity of all religions.
    Love God, love one another, do not judge. It’s all there–AS YOU SAID, we just need to do it!
    love,
    anita

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