The Sin Factor

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It doesn’t take much delving into the mainstream Christian narrative before we encounter the notion of sin. Christianity teaches that it provides the only means available that can save a person from the consequences of sin. Jesus, however, demonstrated and taught a different view. He was not endowed with special power to free one of sin. He was endowed with the understanding that the soul is already free of human shortcomings, that reminding others of this fact is the truth that would set them free. This is illustrated in the following incident when a paralytic was brought to him. He forgave the man of his sins, and the man got up and walked:

But that you may know that the Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, take up your bed and go home.” And he rose and went home. When the crowds saw it, they were afraid, and they glorified God, who had given such authority to men.

Matthew 9:6-8

This is an example of a modified saying. The phrase, Son of man should read, son of man, meaning an ordinary human being. This is made clear in the last line: …they glorified God, who had given such authority to men. It does not say, given such authority to a man, but to men. Jesus is simply reiterating what every devout Jew should have learned.

“What is man that thou art mindful of him,
    and the son of man that thou dost care for him?

Yet thou hast made him little less than God,
    and dost crown him with glory and honor.”

Psalms 8:4-5

The Psalmist is describing the soul that is the vital essence of every son of man, every human being, male and female.

Jesus spoke with the authority of the practicing Jewish mystic aware of all people’s oneness with God. The Way that he taught included the truth that the consequences of the sin factor could be eradicated with a clear understanding of the soul’s present purity and completeness.

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