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

41- Lust

 

St-Takla.org Image: Lust, Arabic and English words صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلمة الشهوة باللغة العربية والإنجليزية

St-Takla.org Image: Lust, Arabic and English words

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلمة الشهوة باللغة العربية والإنجليزية

There are lusts of the flesh, the senses and the spirit.

The lust of the flesh is a sin such as the lust of the senses, the lust of adultery and the lust of the stomach.

The lust of the senses is sometimes a kind of self-centredness and selfishness. Take for example Solomon the Wise:

He dealt with these lusts and said: Whatever my eyes desired I didnt keep from them (Eccles 2:10). And he explained that in details and said: I built my self houses, and planted myself vineyards. I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made myself waterpools... I acquired male and female servants... I also gathered for myself silver and gold... I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments of all kinds (Eccles 2:4-8).

Here is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the lust of the other senses... This is the lust of the flesh and he found that all is vanity and grasping for the wind.

What then about the lust of the senses? He says: I didnt withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labour; and this was my reward from all my labour... (Eccles 2:10) And we say here:

Solomons joy in all his riches and lusts of the flesh was a sensual joy.

 

 

It was not a spiritual joy at all. What is then the spiritual joy?


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