The Still, Small Voice
For 20 years I believed in reincarnation, and in the idea there are no moral absolutes, and that everyone achieves the goal of union with the Supreme Consciousness through a process of spiritual evolution spanning over many lifetimes.
I have since discovered that these ideas are simply not true, just as the idea the earth is flat is untrue. The earth is not flat but round, and after death we are not reborn; rather, we must each one of us come into the presence of the One who created us and give an account for what we did that pleased Him and for what we did that displeased Him.
We have been created for a purpose, for life is no accident. It was planned and then made manifest by the One who has sufficient power to bring into being all things — the stars, the planets, each and every atom and electron, and the natural laws that govern the behavior and movement of the physical substance. He also created consciousness and made each one of us. He made us for a purpose and He has a plan in mind for us.
He is beyond all names and beyond this universe He created. Let us call Him God, the Almighty, the eternal One, the Lord who rules and reigns Supreme, the Father of all things (but neither male nor female.)
He created us with moral free will, meaning, we are free to choose what we believe, we are free to do what we choose, and we are free to follow God's plan and purpose for our lives — or to reject it. We can believe the earth is flat is we choose — in fact, we know from history many of the most learned of their day died while yet believing it — yet they were wrong. Were they arrogant fools or simply mistaken? Whatever the reason, they chose willingly to believe in that which is untrue. They believed a lie. They were deceived.
As free moral agents we are free to cheat one another in business, to lie about our motives when we say something hurtful to a loved one, to harbor thoughts and feelings of anger toward another, and to vent these bitter feelings in our speech and the tone of our voice.
It should be obvious to everyone: (1) human wickedness resulting in wicked deeds freely chosen, (2) acts of hatred and blatant selfishness causing misery and suffering to others, (3) shameful and deceitful words; that these are all morally and absolutely wrong.
The one who could watch a violent crime and honestly believe the offender is not in violation of breaking a higher law is either self-deceived or has become callous and indifferent.
God not only created us with a moral free will, but He set in place moral laws and codes of conduct and planted these laws within our very nature — always visible and always available to condemn those words and deeds and thoughts which are wrong and which are contrary to the plan and purpose of God.
When we speak to our spouse with hatred in our heart, we are guilty of breaking God's absolute moral law. When we deny responsibility for our words and actions and say and do things contrary to God's plan and purpose, we are guilty of breaking God's absolute moral law. When we indulge in despair and depression and feelings of worthlessness, we are guilty of breaking God's absolute moral law. (I am excluding true clinical depression which is not under our control.)
The Bible calls this sin. Whenever we act or speak or think in a manner contrary to God's plan and purpose and in defiance of God's absolute moral law, we sin. The word "sin" is not a popular word these days but it is a word with a very precise, clear and understandable meaning. While someone may choose to reject the word, the concept is deeply ingrained in our moral fiber, in the very core of our being, and in the voice of our conscience continually whispering in our ear, advising us whether or not our intended word or deed is within or against the will, plan, and purpose of God who created all things, even us. (The conscience must be properly formed to contain the proper moral codes.)
It should be obvious to everyone we possess a sin nature.