Showing posts with label second chances. Show all posts
Showing posts with label second chances. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

January 2019 UUAWOL theme of the month: Second Chances

UU A Way Of Life Ministries blog beginning in 2019 will have a monthly theme around which to  organize and coordinate some of its articles. The theme for January, 2019 is Second Chances or as is written in A Course In Miracles, "Choose again."

If you have books, movies, poems, articles which address the monthly theme please send your recommendations and suggestions to me at or leave them in the comments.

A movie which deals with second chances and creating a new and better life for oneself and others is Silver Linings Playbook.


Thursday, March 8, 2018

UUs believe in the God of second chances

We all make mistakes. In many theological models, mistakes are called sins, but the word "sin" is laden with judgment, condemnation, guilt, punishment, shame, and fear.

Existentially, human beings, unconsciously, feel guilty for having separated themselves from God. We are told in religious texts that human beings have sinned and triggered the wrath of God who will punish them sometimes eternally in a hell. These myths are projections of the human mind which is making God in the ego's own mistaken image.

The Universalists tell us that their God loves us unconditionally and would never consign God's creations to hell. The Universalists prefer the word "mistake" to "sin." We are told that in the story of the adulterous woman, Jesus, tells the woman and go and don't make the same mistake again. Unfortunately, the Aramaic word gets translated in English as "sin" when the meaning of the Aramaic is actually "mistake." There is a big difference in the meaning of the word "sin" and "mistake" in English.

It is written in A Course Of Miracles "In every difficulty, all distress, and perplexity Christ calls to you and gently says, "My brother, choose again."

It is written in ACIM a little further on, "The images you make cannot prevail against what God Himself would have you be. Be never fearful of temptation, then, but see it as it is; another chance to choose again, and let Christ's strength prevail in every circumstance and every place you raise an image of yourself before. For what appears to hide the face of Christ is powerless before His majesty, and disappears before His holy sight."

The true God is a God of second chances, and third chances, and fourth chances, whatever number it takes until God's human creation gets it right.

The only question is "how quick will we learn?"
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