“If a man could be throughly penetrated, as he ought, with this thought, that we are all in an especial manner sprung from God, and that God is the Father of men as well as of Gods, full surely he would never conceive aught ignoble or base of himself. Whereas if Cæsar were to adopt you, your haughty looks would be intolerable; will you not be elated at knowing that you are the son of God? Now however it is not so with us: but seeing that in our birth these two things are commingled—the body which we share with the animals, and the Reason and Thought which we share with the Gods, many decline towards this unhappy kinship with the dead, few rise to the blessed kinship with the Divine. Since then every one must deal with each thing according to the view which he forms about it, those few who hold that they are born for fidelity, modesty, and unerring sureness in dealing with the things of sense, never conceive aught base or ignoble of themselves: but the multitude the contrary. Why, what am I?—A wretched human creature; with this miserable flesh of mine. Miserable indeed! but you have something better than that paltry flesh of yours. Why then cling to the one, and neglect the other?” – Epictetus
It astonishes me that calling oneself “the son (or daughter) of God” would be considered blasphemy by those who wield power in religious circles.
You, dear readers, bridge heaven and earth. You may have chosen to base your identity on your earthly endowments, but you are also a son or daughter of God.
Realizing this truth, however, is only a point of departure. You must acquit yourself of the handles of self-concern to which the prince of this world clings, yield to the highest impulses of which you are presently aware and acknowledge your kinship with the Divine in the little decisions and the large.
You must carry yourself with dignity and be content within your present limitations. That said, you must press on. You are neither base nor ignoble and you most certainly are not born in sin. You are sprung from God into the world of men. You are a perfect Soul; you have a body, mind and heart through which – if you let it – your Soul can be clothed. As Epictetus said so wisely, “Why then cling to the one, and neglect the other?”