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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

66- Domination Of The Senses

 

St-Takla.org Image: The five senses: touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الحواس الخمسة: حاسة اللمس - حاسة النظر - حاسة السمع - حاسة التذوق - حاسة الشم.

St-Takla.org Image: The five senses: touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: الحواس الخمسة: حاسة اللمس - حاسة النظر - حاسة السمع - حاسة التذوق - حاسة الشم.

2-Domination Of The Senses.

This is what happened to Saint Thomas the apostle, when he refused to believe in the resurrection of the Lord and said “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” (John 20:25). God condescended with the weakness of Thomas's faith and permitted him to become sure through his senses by saying “stop doubting and believe” and he rebuked him saying “Because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have

believed” (John 20:27,29). What the person sees we call observation and not faith, but it may lead to faith.

Is this faith weak? There is even worse: he who sees and still does not believe.

As an example of those are the priests who saw the empty tomb and did not believe in the resurrection, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. The Pharisees who saw the miracles of Jesus, like the healing of the born blind, and the raising from the dead, and did not even believe. Those refused faith due to reasons in their hearts. What our Father Abraham said to Lazarus applies to them “Neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.” (Luke 16:31).


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