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24.02.2018

Sin and Fighting It


The Fall of Adam and Eve

What sin? Sin is lawlessness, "says the Apostle John the Theologian (1 Ying 3, 4). That is - a violation of the laws of spiritual life. A violation of both physical and spiritual laws leads to trouble, to self-destruction.

Man is a spirit-corporeal being, he consists of soul and body. For the life and health of the body, according to the laws of the physical world, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and so on are needed. What happens if a person neglects the laws of physical existence, roughly breaks the norms of nutrition and feeds on what is harmful to the body? For example, instead of water to drink gasoline or kerosene? Such actions are unnatural for the human body and lead to illnesses or even death. Another example. To protect the body, people wear warm clothes in the winter. If you ignore these age-old rules and go to the frost naked, then the disease is inevitable. Sin acts in the same way - it causes harm, it acts destructively, but not on the body, but on the soul, which is much worse: the body is temporarily, perishable, and the soul is immortal.

Sin is a spiritual illness. Man violates God's given spiritual laws, and his soul (and sometimes the body) is suffering, sick. From sin is suffering not only the sinner himself, but also the people around him. Man commits sins and makes others suffer, especially his loved ones. Gradually, he loses peace with his neighbors and peace in his soul. Therefore, sins are the cause of so many of our sorrows and misfortunes. But most importantly, sin separates man from God, creates an obstacle, a mediastinum, through which it is harder and harder to break through.

The word sin in Greek sounds like amartia, that is, miss, past the goal. And indeed, most people commit sins unconsciously, not knowing what they are doing. If people knew what grave consequences sin has, many sins would have been avoided. But even an unconscious sin inflicts trauma to the soul and brings bitter fruits. There is a saying: "The road to hell is paved with good intentions".

With the fall of the first people into this world sin entered, it very badly damaged, distorted the nature of man. But for this reason Christ the Savior descended to our land to save us from sin, to heal our nature. He said: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Mt 9, 13). The Lord destroyed the power of the devil, the power of sin, indicated the way of the Christian life, established the Sacrament of Penance and granted the opportunity to be healed of sins in the Church.

How to overcome sin? This is stated in the Gospel. And our Lord Jesus Christ, and the preacher of repentance John the Baptist began their sermon with the words: Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is approaching (Mt 3, 2). first: in order to overcome sin, you must first purify yourself from it, wash it off your soul. No wonder John the Baptist called on people to repent and bathe in the waters of the Jordan River. It was not yet New Testament baptism, but the baptism of repentance. In the Sacrament of Confession, we, as in a spiritual bathhouse, wash our souls of sins, we come to God and ask for His forgiveness, repent of our bad deeds, and receive forgiveness and permission from sin. Sins like filth, as filth lie on our soul, and from this uncleanness is sick, our soul suffers.

Second, that it must be remembered: it is not enough just to ask for forgiveness, to seek out sin. In Greek, repentance will be a metanoia, that is, a change of mind. Repentance is a deep awareness of sin, it is a change of life. After repentance, you must make every effort to no longer repeat the confessional.

Finally, third The condition for getting rid of sin is fruits of repentance. John the Baptist taught those coming to him: "Bring forth a worthy fruit of repentance" (Mt 3, 8). What does it mean? In order to overcome sin and its destructive consequences, it is necessary, after repentance, to bear the fruit of the Christian life, to correct mistakes, to heal ulcers inflicted by sin. No wonder they say: "A holy place is never empty". If sin is expelled from the soul, but his place is not occupied with virtues, he will return very soon. The Lord speaks about this in the parable. When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, he walks through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find; Then he says: I will return to my house, where I came from. And when he comes, he finds him unoccupied, swept and tidied up; Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits, the worst of himself, and, having entered, they live there; and it happens for the man of that last worse than the first (Mf 12, 43-45).

In order to overcome sin and its propensity for it, it is necessary to turn to God, ask Him for help. With our feeble forces, we can not cope with our sins.

A source: Pravoslavie.Ru

Tags: Religion, Christianity