The idea that a sacrifice is necessary to make one right with God is a concept that I cannot identify with. I was raised in a strict fundamentalist environment where messages about overwhelming sinfulness and the need to be saved from a sure and horrible fate seemed to be ever-present. Even as a young child these views never rang true for me although they sure scared me. I have always believed God is loving and kind. Life experience and my growing personal relationship with God have supported this belief. I cannot relate to a deity who has numerous rigid rules, has required blood sacrifice and who sees each person as inherently bad.
I am accountable for my own actions. I need to ask God, and often other people, for forgiveness for my mistakes. I strive to do the right thing but am painfully aware of how often I fall short. But, I feel secure in my trust in God’s support, forgiveness, kindness, acceptance, and LOVE. This allows me to grow personally and spiritually.
Sometimes it is my responsibility to make amends by correcting an error, replacing what is broken, or in some other manner seeking to remedy what I have done. God is there to help me in this.
I believe that by living in accordance with a core set of values that reflect the scriptures I can make positive contributions within my community and have a meaningful relationship with God. My daily goal is to treat others as I want to be treated, endeavor to be honest and to do what is right.