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Anastasius of Sinai: “Even if you see someone sinning, do not judge him”

22 March 2016

St. Anastasius in his Monastery. Rembrandt, 1631..jpg

St. Anastasius in his Monastery. Rembrandt, 1631.

 

“Even if you see someone sinning, do not judge him for you do not know what the end of his life will be like. The thief, crucified with Christ, entered Paradise and the Apostle Judas went to Hell. Even if you see someone sinning, bear in mind that you do not know his good works. For many have sinned openly and repented in secret; we see their sins, but we do not know their repentance. That is why, brethren, let us not judge anyone so that we will not be judged.”

– Saint Anastasius of Sinai

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephen Delacroix permalink
    23 March 2016 10:52 am

    A lovely and deeply Christian thought. Also one the curator of this website should more seriously consider when choosing politically charged quotations.

    • 23 March 2016 3:54 pm

      The Christian faith is not about being nice.  Jesus never talks about being nice. He talks about kindness, compassion, justice, forgiveness, loving your enemies – things which are a lot harder than just being friendly and not stepping on any toes.

      The church is not of this world. Christians are surrounded by sometimes very hostile opposition. If we give up our basic attitude of love toward our neighbor we lose the salt of Christ within us and become just like the world. But we also have to be discerning about good and bad, right and wrong, and about the times that we live in. And the times we live in are dominated by by a fundamentally anti Christian mindset that often goes under the tag of “liberalism”, or “progressivism”.

      If the articles or quotes that I choose to post seem to you as not being nice enough, then that is just as it will have to be. I have pointed them out because they have somehow struck me, and because I think they may help this blog’s readers gain more clarity on the times we live in. The times we live in are not nice.

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