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

 

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.

St-Takla.org Image: Ten Concepts - book cover, by Pope Shenouda III صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: غلاف كتاب عشرة مفاهيم - البابا شنوده الثالث

St-Takla.org Image: Ten Concepts - book cover, by Pope Shenouda III

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: غلاف كتاب عشرة مفاهيم - البابا شنوده الثالث

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

 

 

1

The concept of power

2

Power is one of God's attributes

3

Sources of power

4

The power of the spirit

5

Self power

6

The power of the nerves

7

The power of love

8

The power of the personality

9

The Will power

10

The power of prayers and faith

 
11

The concept of freedom

12

God likes everyone to be free

13

Freedom necessitates accountability and responsibility

14

You are not entitled to absolute freedom

15

Restrictions against freedom are for your benefit

16

Real freedom is to free yourself of your faults

17

He who is freed from sin internally, can use external freedom in the right way

18

Some may restrain themselves to attain real freedom

 
19

The concept of rest & fatigue

20

Types of rest

21

The bodily rest

22

Fatigue between the self and the spirit

23

Internal fatigue

24

Clear conscience

25

Fatigue in the field of ministry

 
26

The concept of ambition

27

Ambition

28

Sinful ambition

29

Difference between spiritual and sinful ambition

 
30

Concept of sin

31

The Concept of sin

32

Sin is against God

33

Sin with regard to man

 
34

The concept of love & friendship

35

Kinds of love

36

Friendship

37

Wrong love

38

Practical Love

39

The relationship with God

 
40

The concept of offense

41

What is an offense

42

Knowledge of sin

43

Facilitating sin

44

Tasting sin

45

Giving another name to sin

46

Kinds of offenses

47

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48

Culture and the Mass Media

49

The adults and the young

50

Conscience

51

Hypocrisy

 
52

The concept of meekness

53

The importance of meekness

54

What is gentleness?

55

Losing meekness

56

Meekness and courage

57

Remarks

 
58

The concept of truth & justice

59

Truth is fact

60

The seriousness of half facts

61

People's rights

62

Truth versus Falsehood

63

Truth lost

64

Truth is God

 
65

The concept of knowledge

66

Knowledge

67

Kinds of knowledge

68

Harmful knowledge

69

Knowledge of trivialities


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