Concepts often differ in our present time:
Everyone expresses his own views and there might be a contradiction among these different views, whether from writers, academics, philosophers or others... This may lead the young and the old to confusion and inquire - what is the truth?
So, this book is issued to be part of the curriculum taught in church education and Sunday School.
In this book, we speak to the youth about the concept of power, its sources, its characteristics: the power of the spirit, the power of the self, will-power, power of the nerves, power of the personality as a whole, power of prayers, power of faith.. for power is not confined to physical power!..
We speak also about freedom; its concept and limits and how freedom is not absolute but should respect others' rights and observe law and public order as well as God's Commandments... It is such inner freedom released from faults and not harming itself.
In this book we explain also the concept of rest and fatigue, and how the body might suffer to make the spirit content and the conscience peaceful, and how a person might work hard to give others comfort. The concept of bodily rest and eternal rest is also explained.
The book explains the concept of ambition - whether it is wrong or right.
The concept of sin, its danger and impact on a person are explained here.
The book clarifies the concept of offense, what may be deemed offensive; whether offense is a cause for sin, and leads to and facilitates sin, even when a person might not be guilty of offending others; as well as what the sources and kinds of offense there are.
There is also an explanation of the concept of love and friendship, and the difference between love and lust, and the true friendship which does no harm.
The book tells also about the concept of meekness; its importance; the difference between meekness and tenderness; the relation between meekness and courage; and the cases in which one loses one's meekness.
The Concept of truth with all its meanings is also explained in this book; it speaks about the danger of half-facts, the relation between truth and justice, protecting others rights, the significance of defending truth and how this can be effected. It also states that truth is God, and whoever goes astray from truth, goes astray from God.
The book concludes with a chapter dealing with knowledge: whether useful or harmful knowledge.
Finally we pray to God that this book will be fruitful for the benefit of our people and children.
Pope Shenouda III
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