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CONDEMNATION

If we turn in on our own self, we will not condemn (express strong disapproval of: critisize). You will begin to work on your own self when you stop paying attention to what the others around you are doing. If you are concerned with your own self and stop being concerned with the others, you will see only your own shortcomings and not even one shortcoming in the others.

Then you will be disappointed in your own self, in the good sense, and you will condemn only yourself. When one attains to a good spiritual condition, he sees all things clearly; he justifies (in the good sense) all the faults of others, because he considers them with the divine, and not the human, eye. When “I (Saint Paisios) finally learned to abhor (hate) myself, in the good sense, I would justify everyone; I would discover excuses for others and judge only myself.”

Judging and censoring (cencor; person who supervises conduct and morals) others stems from pride and is ‘full of injustice’. God gave the gift of judgment so that he could discern good from evil, but man has twisted it into the passion of censure. Envy, condemnation, anger, resentment, and so on, all emanate from pride.

Our loving Father allows that a person duplicate the condition of the one he had condemned in the first place. For example, if you say that someone is greedy and do not realize that you have judged him, God removes His Grace in order to allow you to fall into the sin of greed; suddenly, you begin to hard.

Until you realize your fall and ask for forgiveness from God, the spiritual laws will be in effect. Condemnation (strong censure; judgment) and backbiting (backstabbing; a false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation) are among the greatest sins

If you condemned somebody you should try to be aware of your fall a.s.a.p. and seek forgiveness both from the person you condemned, and from God, otherwise this becomes an obstacle to prayer. Condemnation automatically dispels the Grace of God and immediately creates a sense of estrangement in your communication with God. 

If worldly people will go to Hell because of their abuses, spiritual people will go there because of their condemnations. We can never say that anyone will go to Hell. We do not know how God works. The judgments of God are an inscrutable (difficult to understand) abyss. We should NEVER condemn anyone, for by doing so we usurp (we take over) judgment from the hands of God; we are attempting to become gods. If Christ asks us on the Day of Judgment, we can give our opinion then. 

SAINT PAISIOS

INTRODUCTION

VIRTUES

NOBILITY
HUMILITY
SIMPLICITY
DISCERNMENT
JOY
LOVE/TRUE LOVE
PHILOTIMO  (Greek word: φιλοτιμο)
LEVEDIA (Greek word: λεβεντια

PASSIONS (in progress)

INTRODUCTION

SELF-LOVE
EGOISM
CONDEMNATION
SORROW
ENVY
ANGER
DESPAIR
RESENTMENT


CONCLUSION