IX – SIN
- What is sin?
Sin is disobedience to moral laws, that is the laws of the world of reasonable spirits.
- What brings man to sin?
His soul, the desires of which are never satisfied, which solicits the spirit to satisfy them and is never satisfied, as well as the deceptive mirages which light up before his eyes, the attraction which the works of Satan exerts on the senses, that is nature.
- What do we call the man whose spirit always lets itself go to the impulses of the soul or to the attractions of nature?
We call it man according to the flesh or the HYLIC.
- What do we call the man whose spirit is always the master of the impulses it receives?
We call it man according to the spirit or the PNEUMATIC.
- Can all men be put into these two categories?
No, a very great number must be put into an intermediary category.
- What are they called?
They are called the PSYCHICS.
- What is the immediate effect of sin?
It is a disorder in the spiritual world.
- What is the punishment of sin?
It is the exclusion from the spiritual pleroma or the spiritual world and the loss of the Holy Spirit.
- What are the consequences of exclusion from the pleroma?
They are reincorporation with the loss of the personality and the perpetuity of pain and of death.
- What are the effects of sin on the soul?
They are firstly the production of special beings called LARVAE, which sully the soul, exhaust its strength and curb the will; then the attraction of droves of elementals which harm it and can even dominate it completely.
- Cannot the habit of sin lead to the disintegration of the spiritual individual?
Yes, the habit of persistent sin after a more or less great number of reincorporation can disintegrate the whole spiritual being. It is eternal death.
- Can the effects of sin be erased and its suffering be absolved?
Yes, and that is what is exoterically called: the REMISSION OF SINS.
- What are the required conditions for the remission of sins?
They are: 1. Repentance; 2. The production by fasting, abstinence, meditation, of sufficient nervous strength to be put to the service of the will not to sin any more nor to spread the disorder caused by sin; 3. The exercise of precatory power, that is the effectiveness of the prayers of Jesus, the angels and saints; 4. The exercise of sacerdotal power, that is the action through the intermediary of the SACERDOCE of the purifying mysteries through which the soul and the spirit of the sinner are purified.
- What is the state of purification called?
It is called STATE OF HOLINESS.