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Sunday, 3 April 2011

Sin is a disease... It should be treated.



We are living in a world where everyone is quite cautious about their health. The medical science is advanced to such an extent that we can manage even some deadly diseases like schizophrenia, cancers etc.. New health programs and Health schemes are being introduced by nations and organizations to improve our the healthcare system. 

The medical science defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity [WHO]. I think this definition is applicable to veterinary science only as it doesn’t say anything about the spiritual well being.  And what this medical science trying to provide is a veterinary health and not healthcare needed for a human.

Unlike other animals we have a spiritual existence which is more important than the bodily existence. So health should mean a spiritual well being too. Our current medical system is incapable of providing this.
So,
              
Who can provide a spiritual well being ?
What is a spiritual disease ?

SIN

Sin is the disease that affects our spiritual existence. In our culture the concept of sin has become entangled in legalistic arguments over right and wrong. When many of us consider "What is sin?" we think of violations of the Ten Commandments. Even then, we tend to think of murder and adultery as "major" sins compared with lying, cursing, or idolatry.
But sin is an a morally bad act which violates the Divine law. And this act prevents us attaining the perfection established by the God and Evidenced by the Christ.
ETIOLOGY 
interior causes
  • Ignorance (on the part of the reason)
  • Infirmity or passion (on the part of the sensitive appetite)
  • Malice (on the part of the will)

exterior causes
  • devil
  • man (who move to sin by means of suggestion, persuasion, temptation and bad example)

Prevalence

Cosmopolitan in distribution (Anyone who is born as human being can be affected)
The act of infirmity or passion from the part of the sensitive appetite is also found in animals. It is not a sin for animals but, just an act. 

Classification

As regards the activities involved, into sins of
  • Thought
  • Word
  • Deed

As regards their malice, sins are distinguished into sins of
  • Ignorance,
  • Passion or infirmity,
  • Malice;

As regards their gravity, into
  • mortal
  • venial

This last named division is indeed the most important of all and it calls for special treatment.
Some further distinctions which occur in theology or in general usage.

Material and formal sin: An action which, as a matter of fact, is contrary to the Divine law but is not known to be such by the agent constitutes a material sin; whereas formal sin is committed when the agent freely transgresses the law as shown him by his conscience, whether such law really exists or is only thought to exist by him who acts. Thus, a person who takes the property of another while believing it to be his own commits a material sin; but the sin would be formal if he took the property in the belief that it belonged to another, whether his belief were correct or not.

Internal sins: Three kinds of internal sin are usually distinguished:
  • delectatio morosa, i.e. the pleasure taken in a sinful thought or imaginat ion even without desiring it;
  • gaudium, i.e. dwelling with complacency on sins already committed; and
  • desiderium, i.e. the desire for what is sinful.

The capital sins or vices: a capital vice is that which has an exceedingly desirable end so that in his desire for it a man goes on to the commission of many sins all of which are said to originate in that vice as their chief source". It is not then the gravity of the vice in itself that makes it capital but rather the fact that it gives rise to many other sins. These are enumerated as vainglory (pride), avarice, gluttony, lust, sloth, envy, anger.

Mortal and Venial sin:
Mortal sin - something said, done or desired contrary to the divine law, or a thought, word, or deed contrary to the eternal law which avert from us our last end.
venial sin is also contrary to the Divine law, although not averting us from our last end

Pathogenesis

Site : The Human spirit.

It Affects the spirit and destroys the spiritual features which is the key language of the eternal life. Thus it avert man from his true last end, and deprive his spirit of sanctifying grace.

It is the deadliest disease that mankind has ever seen; AIDS, Schizophrenia or any other disease is an exception. If you have sin which is not treated properly,then you lost everything. You could not enjoy the beatific vision.

Signs and Symptoms 

Only a small fraction of sins are executed through the body. The man will behave according to the nature of the sin.

In rest of the the conditions the man is affected with sin (even with most severe form) but some external factors ( law, society) or internal factors ( personality, status in the society) prevent the sin being executed. It is as if someone is infected with AIDS and being in the window period. When the conditions become favorable all the features will be manifested. 

That is what was trying to happen in India when a group of people because of their unopposed sensual appetite and evil desire to get release of dopamine in their brain, want to legalize homosexuality and euthanasia.

Diagnosis

It can be understood by our finite intelligence.

Sin impresses him with a salutary fear, a fear of his own powers, a fear, if left to himself, of falling from grace; with the necessity he lies under of seeking God's help and grace to stand firm in the fear and love of God, and make progress in the spiritual life. 

Without the acknowledgment that the present moral state of man is not that in which God created him, that his powers are weakened; that he has a supernatural end to attain, which is impossible of attainment by his own unaided efforts, without grace there being no proportion between the end and the means; that the world, the flesh, and the devil are in reality active agents fighting against him and leading him to serve them instead of God, sin cannot be understood.

One can realize his sin as fall in spiritual life.
Prevention

We cannot avoid sin by our own strength but, with God's grace we can. If we place no obstacle to the workings of grace we can avoid all deliberate sin.
Adhere to the sacraments, liturgy, word of God and Catholic teachings. Then none of the above mentioned causes even the evil spirit can lead you to sin.

Treatment

JESUS CHRIST - the panacea

Sin has its remedy in grace, which is given us by God, through the merits of His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, Who has redeemed us, restoring by His passion and death the order violated by the sin of our first parents, and making us once again children of God and heirs of heaven.

"If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives" (1 John 1:8-10)

The medicine is already ready. We just need to take it.

You all may not have that 6/6 vision to see the light of world, Jesus Christ.

Some simple but treatable reason are:

  • Willful closure of the eye  ie.Persons who know Jesus Christ as God and denies Him willfully because of some pleasurable ways of life ( eg. Some politicians)
  • Congenitally blind ie. Persons who are subnormal intelligent and hence they couldn’t know God
  • Developmental errors due to nutritional insufficiency ie. Those who didn’t see the real light and hence considered something else as light eg, peoples who worship the natural phenomenons.
  • Pterygium i.e. persons who are born in a culture where no one is enthusiastic or bother to know Him.
  • External obstruction i.e. As if something or someone closing the eye from outside eg, this refers those who came to know Him but failed to accept Him because of some personal, social, or religious problems.
You shall not worry for any of these conditions. He will come in search of you. He is so loving. He will not let to loss anyone.

"Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear," says Isaiah 59: 1-2.
Let us know our sins including those which are not executed. let's give up our sins.
Let's sanctify ourselves in this Passiontide….

God Bless You
Nelson T T


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