An upgrade for Michelangelo.
I laugh out loud every single time I see this Adam-and-God meme. I grew up with the idea that we’re born separate from God. Whenever I contemplated that, I would picture Michelangelo’s painting, because the connection between God and man is clearly just barely out of reach. But what if that concept simply isn’t true? What if God is a Force for Good, and always cheering us on?
Our divine childhood.
If God exists, God is our Infinite Source — One Spirit, One Mind, Love Itself, Truth Itself — forever being expressed through each of us. We could describe God as our Father-Mother, expressing the parental qualities of guardianship, protection, shelter, nourishment, guidance, and unconditional love.
Forever free from the lie of Original Sin, let’s embrace our Original Good. This is the Deity that never abandons us, never fails us, never judges us, never disillusions us. Even in our darkest hour, we can reach out to Love’s ever-presence. We need only look as far as our own heart to intuit that this is true.
No matter what we’re going through, when we turn to God for guidance, the answers will come. This is repentance. Repentance not only means “to be sorry” or to “make amends” for wrongdoing. The Greek word for repent, metanoeite, means “to change one’s mind” — in other words, to repent is “to think again.”
Repentance — rethinking — demands our determination to change our mind and thus our behavior. Teshuvah, a Hebrew word for repentance, means “return” — an experience of looking within that’s meant to bring about a return to our true self. So when we earnestly repent, our True Self shines a light into our newly humbled thought, and then what once seemed impossible to solve now easily works itself out.
Repentance brings us back home — out of the darkness of sin, into the arms of Love. At all times and in all places, as children of God we can claim our right to be free from all sin. This is our birthright — what I call our divine childhood.