We live in a town nicknamed "Sin City." But how sinful are we? Are we tempted into sin, or are we sinful by nature? Does the devil really exist? Religious and pagan leaders take an honest, hard look at sin and evil. In a city known for gambling, stripping, and ostentatious entertainment, are we sinful... or is that just our image? And how does the sinner find forgiveness?
The Interfaith Council hosts "The Devil Made Me Do It: Perceptions of Evil" this Sunday at 7 p.m. at the SGI Buddhist Center on West Charleston.
Sinning and Evil are the other side of greatness and enlightenment, not separate from it. If their were not evil, we could not create changes and good in our life - we would be lukewarm all of the time. Regardless of what we have done in the past, if we start from today and create a life of beauty, gain and good and do our best- we will build positive momentum in this life and future existences.
I missed this show but I'll see you at the Soka Gakkai International on Sunday at 7 to enjoy the positive perspectives of these panelists and others.
Have a beautiful day! Sheila Randel –Oct 22, 2010 10:12:46 AM
The word 'sin' in both Hebrew and Greek means 'to miss the mark' so in that respect we are all 'sinners.' But the word for repent in NT Greek is 'metanoia' which means 'to think anew.' So perhaps our only 'sins' are to think unhelpful or unhappy thoughts which lead us to seek addictions of any kind to help us feel better.
But of course they can't make us feel better if we continue to think the unhappy thoughts.
Judaism doesn't have the concept of original sin, nor of the devil. The British author, Terry Practchett, in his wonderful book 'Good Omens' told of a good angel and a bad angel who watched over humanity. Both of them had given up trying to affect our behaviou because the discovered centuries ago that humans were capable of greater love and kindness - and greater cruelty and stupidity than the angels could ever tempt us to do.
So I think it's all in us. We see the world according to our upbringing and training. So we can choose - wherever we are - to nurture ourselves and others - or not.
As Jesus said 'Love your neighbour as yourself' Not more; not less. And if we hate ourselves we cannot love our neighbour either.
Rev. Maggy Whitehouse (visiting from the UK)Maggy Whitehouse –Oct 21, 2010 18:42:12 PM