On order to understand this easily you must stop thinking of sin as an infraction of a rule for which you will be punished. Sin is the symptom of your spiritual illness and in some cases can cause permanent damage to the soul. Analogy: If you cut yourself, you will bleed and hurt, but if the cut is treated, it will heal and leave, at most a scar. But if you cut off your hand, you will also bleed and hurt and if that wound is treated it will heal - however you will be forever without your hand. Some sins are like serious wounds to the soul which, although healedl, leave the one wounded with severe handicaps that are the result of that sin.
Fr David Moser
Father, I understand the analogy you mention (injury-treatment). It is also prevalent among Church Fathers to use military/medical terminology of injury and wounding in the spiritual battle.
I do not think yet none refers to amputation that brings the agonist at a disadvantage. I think, the ontological recovery after repentance and confession is full, leaving no room for amputations, as does the medical rehabilitation.
Especially I do not understand the phrase "permanent damage to the soul".
It should be noted that the sins that are absolute prohibitions for the Priesthood are not effective if performed before baptism. So, the damage brought about by sins are fully restored by baptism. But if the same sins are made after baptism, they have absolute power not to allow the Ordination, even after their confession and sincere repentance. Then what happens? Is the Spirit, that completely restores the damage of sin in baptism, not able to do so the same in confession?
Edited by Lakis Papas, 22 May 2013 - 11:47 PM.