Although I don’t agree with Paul’s version of Christ’s message – it’s centered on sin and not on sinlessness. Genesis 2 verses. Genesis 1. A universal theology is impossible but a universal experience is necessary. His statement in Romans 7:22 (KJV)
“For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”
My body (members) made me do it, project it out and blame someone or something else.
In my own case the story of “Frank” is the EGO’s dream of separation from GOD and is the symbol of missing the mark, or sin. And as long as I continue to accept this as ‘MY’ “Judgement of My Reality” then the dream goes on. Loneliness or the need for special relationships, all demonstrate that I am lacking and NOT ONE with God.
The theoretical or theological symbolism is irrelevant, a ploy of the EGO, to search and not find. I feel the same EXPERIENCE as Paul but I just express it differently with ‘MY’ symbols and words.
“My Judgements”, or even as Buddha puts it , “My Attachments”, or as Paul says, “My members” are responsible for all the suffering that I feel because they are affixed on and bodily directed. Staying in the problem is not going to find a solution.
The EGO, or idea of bodies, is constantly trying to make the claim that to be born again is to have a “holy body” but still be spiritual while holding on to the “dream”. just changing an illusion is still an illusion.
By meditating on the situation and making NO judgement but leaving it up to the “Holy Spirit” or Christ Mind is the only real solution. And yet isn’t that the same response as Paul states. “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord”.
So as I see it, I but need to step back and leave FORGIVENESS up to Christ, the actual dreamer of the dream.
God Blesses Christ Blesses I Bless