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

68- Associating With Doubtful People           Image: Doubt, Arabic word صورة: كلمة الشك، شك باللغة العربية Image: Doubt, Arabic word

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلمة الشك، شك باللغة العربية

4- Associating With Doubtful People:

Just as associating with men of faith strengthens the faith, also associating with doubtful people plants doubt in minds and hearts, as we have discussed this issue before here on in other sections. If it was persisting, or if, it has a deep effect or if the level submitting knowledge to doubts is lower than the mind, or if it was not deep enough in the faith.

For this reason the Bible prevents the association with apostates.

Saint John, the apostle, says “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.. ” (2 John 1:10). That is why the church prevented the association with the heretics and the banished.

How many people associate with non Christian groups like the Jehovah witnesses for example, and the result is that they lose their directions. How many church members associated with strange groups or heretics and their beliefs where deeply affected.

Considering behaviour and spiritualities, the association with doubtful people weakens the faith:

You may be faced with a test or a problem and you accept it in faith, and you submit the matter to God thanking Him for

everything. Then, a person with little faith visits you, and he keeps on explaining how dangerous the matter is and frightens you of its results, until you lose your peace of heart. It also weakens your faith in God's care and you get worried.

Be careful with whom you associate and with whom you mix your ideas.

This leads us to another point which also weakens the faith:

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