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Are You the Creator's Original Blessing?
by brian j plachta on September 11th, 2016

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            A lot of us suffer from low self-esteem.  We fight with our self, trying to determine whether we’re a “good witch” or a “bad witch.” And our answer varies from day-to-day, sometimes moment-by-moment.
 
            Maybe part of the problem with our self-esteem rises out of an ancient debate that continues to fester to this day in Christianity: are we sinners marred by original sin? Or are we the original blessing of God gifted with his loving presence?
 
            The original sin vs. original blessing debate dates back centuries ago to a time when the early fathers were establishing initial church doctrine.
 
            One school of thought, the original sin guys, contended we’re all sinners as a result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience.  Jesus came, they theorized, to re-open the gates of heaven and provide retribution for our sin. 
 
            The other school of thought, the original blessing guys, argued that we’re formed out of God’s love and delight. God’s plan for all creation is that we continue to be a conduit for God’s love to expand into the world. Jesus came, they believed, to show us how to live a perfect life of unconditional love so we can model our lives after him.
 
            Franciscan priest Richard Rohr writes that the original sin contenders won the debate. So, the doctrine of original sin has prevailed as church doctrine.       
 
            However, according to Rohr, the Franciscans continued to believe back then, and still do today, that the original blessing theory is God’s true picture of humanity.  Says Rohr, if we start with a negative (we’re sinners in need of redemption), we’ll end with a negative. But, if we start with a positive (we are God’s beloved sons and daughters embraced by his love), we’ll end with a positive.
 
            To be honest, the original blessing theory makes better sense to me. When I look into the mirror and say out loud, “I Am God’s Original Blessing,” I’m invited to affirm my dignity as a human being created out of God’s abundant love. And as a result of God’s gift of unconditional love and blessing to and for me, I’m reminded I have a responsibility to use the gift of my life to allow God to pour more love into the world. That’s both a blessing and a responsibility tied up in one human package.
 
            I suppose the debate will continue for generations to come because human beings can’t really put words and theories into God’s mouth and mind. And in the end, perhaps it doesn’t matter what theory is correct.  What really matters is, are we aware of the amazing gift of life we’ve been granted by God? And do we respond with gratitude to the Creator’s abundant gift of love by striving to live a life that’s a conduit for God to pour more unconditional love into the world?


brian j plachta
www.brianplachta.net




​ 
            A lot of us suffer from low self-esteem.  We fight with our self, trying to determine whether we’re a “good witch” or a “bad witch.” And our answer varies from day-to-day, sometimes moment-by-moment.
 
            Maybe part of the problem with our self-esteem rises out of an ancient debate that continues to fester to this day in Christianity: are we sinners marred by original sin? Or are we the original blessing of God gifted with his loving presence?
 
            The original sin vs. original blessing debate dates back centuries ago to a time when the early fathers were establishing initial church doctrine.
 
            One school of thought, the original sin guys, contended we’re all sinners as a result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience.  Jesus came, they theorized, to re-open the gates and heaven and provide retribution for our sin. 
 
            The other school of thought, the original blessing guys, argued that we’re formed out of God’s love and delight. God’s plan for all creation is that we continue to be a conduit for God’s love to expand into the world. Jesus came, they believed, to show us how to live a perfect life of unconditional love so we can model our lives after him.
 
            Franciscan priest Richard Rohr writes that the original sin contenders won the debate. So, the doctrine of original sin has prevailed as church doctrine.       
 
            However, according to Rohr, the Franciscans continued to believe back then, and still do today, that the original blessing theory is God’s true picture of humanity.  Says Rohr, if we start with a negative (we’re sinners in need of redemption), we’ll end with a negative. But, if we start with a positive (we are God’s beloved sons and daughters embraced by his love), we’ll end with a positive.
 
            To be honest, the original blessing theory makes better sense to me. When I look into the mirror and say out loud, “I Am God’s Original Blessing,” I’m invited to affirm my dignity as a human being created out of God’s abundant love. And as a result of God’s gift of unconditional love and blessing to and for me, I’m reminded I have a responsibility to use the gift of my life to allow God to pour more love into the world. That’s both a blessing and a responsibility tied up in one human package.
 
            I suppose the debate will continue for generations to come because human beings can’t really put words and theories into God’s mouth and mind. And in the end, perhaps it doesn’t matter what theory is correct.  What really matters is, are we aware of the amazing gift of life we’ve been granted by God? And do we respond with gratitude to the Creator’s abundant gift of love by striving to live a life that’s a conduit for God to pour more unconditional love into the world?


brian j plachta
www.brianplachta.net



 


Posted in Reflections    Tagged with original blessing, original sin, Rohr, Creator, God's Blessing


2 Comments

Chris dowdey - September 12th, 2016 at 5:11 AM
Hi Brian. Thanks for sharing. I have found my current path littered with a mild depression.
Things in general.....
Ongoing challenges....sometimes the result
Of a victim syndrome. ...FEAR false evidence
Appearing real....and the inability to let go
And allowing myself to be emotionally dragged.
Daunting, challenging,not debilitating but frustracting nonetheless.
I have engaged a thera pistol through my Medicare so as to engage a professional
Instead of encumbered friends with the same unresolved goof loop of life scenarios.
The process is going better for me.
I am reading a book by a Dr. Burns called
"Feeling Good".....it's helpful and centered on
Cognative therapy.
The whole thing started with a falling out I had
With my friend joe....which I will not elaborate.
BUT the impetus to move forward and actually address my emotional imbalance has been
Positive. Moving forward....living in the moment
And trying to get centered.....
In any event...thanks for your postings, and encouragement. Wishing you all the best.
Cheers. Chris Dowdey
Brian Plachta - September 14th, 2016 at 4:11 AM
Chris,

Thanks for your comments and sharing your journey. I read something the other day that talked about how simply letting God love us is the pathway to peace and wholeness. Here's the quote from Ronald Rolheiser's book, Sacred Fire:

"You must try to pray so that in your prayer, you open yourself up in such a way that sometime---perhaps not today, but sometime--you are able to hear God say to you, 'I love you!' These words, addressed to you by God, are the most important words you will ever hear, because before you hear them, nothing is ever completely right with you, but after you hear them, something will be right in your life at a very deep level."
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