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Do you think Paul's lists of sins include internal sin, as Christ's sermon implies?


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#1 Brad D.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 02:47 PM

In Paul's writings, we have several lists of sins for which one "will not inherit the Kingdom of Heaven". Included in those lists are sins that Christ lists in His Sermon on the Mount. Christ said thoughts of lust are adulterous, and certain anger is murder. Do you think Paul had this internal aspect of sin in mind when listing these sins (1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-23, Ephesians 5:5), or do you believe he was referring to the external action primarily or exclusively?

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#2 David Puline

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 07:14 PM

Hello...If these "internal sins" produce its fruit than it is a sin, James 1:13-14. The Philokalia and Orthodox Psychotherapy says that all these passions come to "the mind"...and when they do come, it must be stopped before "the mind" starts dwelling or thinking upon these passions. This why the "Jesus Prayer" is of great help.




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