When pride affects the soul of a religious person, then the latter becomes bold enough to act as a judge of the faith and the Church. “I don’t believe in this and I don’t recognize that; I find this superfluous and that unnecessary, and that one is strange or funny…” Another manifestation of such a pride is the desire to accuse and teach others. At the same time, the instructions of others are considered dull and obvious.
Hearing about the saints, the self-contented sectarian will say: “Why should I pray to them? They are the same kind of people as others; it is enough to turn to God alone.” He is forgetting that the Lord Jesus Christ helped people many times on the request of their relatives and friends (John 4:46-53, Matt.15:21-28, Mark 2:2-12, Matt.8:5-13, 1 John 5:14). He thus encourages us to love and take care of each other. The saints are our “elder brothers” who intercede before God on our part (Rev. 5:8).
The pride of a religious person is also obvious when one does not realize his sins, and when one is taken over with pharisaic self-esteem. It is interesting to note that it can take on the most diverse and controversial forms, for example:
• The type of the Pharisee — a connoisseur of church law, a zealot of tradition, a fighter for the purity of the faith,
• The “reformer” type — an innovator, the enemy of “superstition,”
• The type of the Sadducee — a career-maker,
• The false starets (a false prophet),
• The self-enchanted preacher, Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »