Tuesday, September 02, 2008

What is Christianity? Can sin be private?

Christianity is imitating the Divine Nature.
Letter to Arrmonios, St Gregory of Nyssa

Sin is committed first of all in the secret depths of the human spirit but its consequences involve the individual as a whole. A sin will reflect on a man's psychological and physical condition, his outward appearance, on his personal destiny. Sin will, inevitably, pass beyond the boundaries of the sinner's individual life, to burden all humanity and thus affect the fate of the whole world. The sin of our forefather Adam was not the only sin of cosmic significance. Every sin, manifest or secret, committed by each one of us affects the rest of the universe.
Elder Sophrony in Saint Silouan the Athonite

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