There is a saying in Christianity that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. Some of the greatest Christian saints had very colorful pasts. The most famous for the wayward nature of his adolescence and early adult life was Augustine, who practiced no religion as a youth, lived with a mistress for fifteen years, and fathered a child prior to becoming a priest and later a bishop.
In his classic book Confessions, universally considered a literary masterpiece for both its remarkable theological reflections and its strikingly modern psychological insights, he wrote very frankly about his wild and misspent youth. We all have a past; we have all done things that we wish we hadn’t done. This fact alone should be enough to restrain us from judging others for the blemishes in their own past.
Whatever your past, God is more interested in your future.
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