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The Spiritual Man, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

49- In dogma and teaching

 

St-Takla.org Image: Paul and Barnabas refuse worship and the sacrifice at Lystra صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: بولس وبرنابا يرفضان قبول العبادة والذبيحة في لسترة

St-Takla.org Image: Paul and Barnabas refuse worship and the sacrifice at Lystra

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: بولس وبرنابا يرفضان قبول العبادة والذبيحة في لسترة

The spiritual man controls himself concerning the dogma and teaching.

 He does not hasten to spread any thought that gets in his mind, as a result of reading, for example... So he starts teaching it or writing it in an article or publishing a book or giving it to others in a lesson... Many thoughts need a long period of nurturing where one gives and takes with the thought, discusses the idea in his mind before introducing it to peoples minds...

The thought inside your mind is under your control. If you spread it, it becomes under the control of people.

It gets out of your sphere to a wider sphere, where judgement will be passed on it and on you. How true is St Macarius the Great when he said: My brother, judge yourself before they judge you. Maybe he took this phrase from St Paul the Apostle: For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged (1 Cor 11:31)... Therefore the spiritual man controls himself and that is better than being controlled by others...


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