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Ten Concepts, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

43- Facilitating sin

 

St-Takla.org Image: Nocturne blue and gold Southampton water, painting by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1872, oil on canvas, 51 × 76.7 cm (20 1/16 × 30 3/16 in.), the Art Institute of Chicago, USA. صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: مشهد ليلي أزرق وذهبي لمياه ساوثامبتون الذهبية، رسم الفنان جيمز أبوت ماكنيل ويسلر، 1872 م.، زيت على قماش بمقاس 51×76,7 سم.، معهد الفن، شيكاجو، أمريكا.

St-Takla.org Image: Nocturne blue and gold Southampton water, painting by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1872, oil on canvas, 51 × 76.7 cm (20 1/16 × 30 3/16 in.), the Art Institute of Chicago, USA.

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: مشهد ليلي أزرق وذهبي لمياه ساوثامبتون الذهبية، رسم الفنان جيمز أبوت ماكنيل ويسلر، 1872 م.، زيت على قماش بمقاس 51×76,7 سم.، معهد الفن، شيكاجو، أمريكا.

It is another kind of offense; for it is probable that a person knows sin but does not practice it as long as the

door is closed before him, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. So, whoever facilitates the matter to him is offending him, as for example when a person makes another familiar with places and means of sin leading him to those places, removing fear from his heart and removing obstacles from his way.

An example is the behaviour of Jezebel by which she facilitated King Ahab to take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jesreelite (1 Kin. 21), and also the purpose of Ahithophel's counsel to Absalom to enable him strike his father David (2 Sam. 17).

All this is more serious and dangerous than mere knowledge of sin; for remedy of sin is much easier than remedy of the taste of sin.


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