Today we always judge people and remind them of their past mistakes, but we forget, that we – ourselves – are not flawless, as only God is perfect. This universe is that-which-is-good-in-itself, or to put it in a Hebrew term, it was created ki-tov. But being good does not mean that one is goodness oneself, as only God is absolute goodness. And this means that no one, really no one, is spared from committing sins. While God is infinite love and receives everyone, why do human-beings blame others and point to all their wrongs? In fact, those who blame and point out to the wrongs of others are not free from wrongs themselves. So instead of being hypocritical, we should follow the example which is taught in the Bible, where the sinner receives blessings and is able to start a new life.
We shall also follow the example as taught in other religions as well, such as in the Buddhist sutras, where we are taught to be compassionate towards other sentient-beings even if we regard them as our enemies. Anger is our enemy and not the person, as Thubten Zopa Rinpoche teaches. And according to the Perfect Enlightenment Sutra, we shall all revere our enemies as we revere our parents. [Respect all as Buddha. General Dharma Lecture, 29th Day of the 5th Lunar Month, 1982, Haein-sa. http://www.buddhism.org/respect-all-as-buddha/, retrieved on 6 July 2022.] So we should be an inclusive society. And even if one feels not accepted by others, there is one who always accepts us: our Creator. He loves us unconditionally! Therefore, never think that it is too late to change something in your life, He always opens His arms for you!
Timo Schmitz, 15 August 2022
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