We Neshnabek or Native People have always been a One God People, that is we believe there is only one God over all things, but that he lives within all things. We were not taught about the blood sacrifice that takes away sin in our lives. What is sin, one might ask? It is any action, any word, any thought that would separate one from fellowship with the God of our beliefs.
We were taught that our teachings and ceremonies were the paramount things that made us who and what we were as Neshnabek. Teachings and ceremonies alone cannot wipe the slate clean from sin though. Something else is needed, and that something else is the sacrifice of life the God gave when he came into this world to redeem mankind, Neshnabek included. That sacrifice had to do with his taking on the form of life we all were living and then surrendering it to the death he suffered on the Cross of Calvary.
In other words, he became flesh to experience life as we knew it, thus negating any other power that would attempt to rob any of us of the freedom of worshiping him as we were meant to. I am made alive again through the acceptance of his life, death and his resurrection, for he did become alive again, proving he had the power to take up his life again, even after he was put to death on the Cross of Calvary.
He is the God of my forbears and he is my God. I have accepted the blood sacrifice he offered to redeem me unto himself, that I might truly fellowship with him. We Neshnabek have always prided ourselves in fellowship with our God, and living with all the natural elements of this world. He lives within all of these elements and he also lives in the Universe of Universes, as well as having the power to inhabit my flesh, ode Jibamen etoyan, i.e., my body, soul and spirit. He alone can cause me to move and have the power of his being.
Nin se Neaseno.