The Lord Christ -glory be to Him- said about offenses, "Woe to the world because of offenses... Woe that man by whom the offense comes!" (Matt. 18:7), "But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if millstone were hung around his neck, and he drowned in the depth of the sea" . (Matt. 18:6).
If offense is so serious in the punishment it entails, what is an offense?
An offense causes a person to fall.
An offense may be intentional when it causes another to fall, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. The punishment in this case is more serious than that in the case of unintentional offense.
The first offense in man's history was introduced through the devil.
He caused our first parents to fall; for they were simple, knowing no evil and he intended on making them fall through deceit and temptation. By this offense, death entered into the world and the devil caused the corruption of human nature.
Offense comes through various means: when a person causes offense to another through making him familiar with sin, facilitating sin to him, letting him taste sin or introducing it under a false concept, such as giving it the name of a virtue or telling him about the benefits and advantages of sin!!
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