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Mortal Sin Against the Fifth Commandment – Leading Another Into Sin

The Fifth Commandment: “You Shall Not Kill”

stone-tablet-fifth-commandmentWillfully Leading Another Into Mortal Sin/ Placing Temptation Before the Weak

We already know that mortal sin is a sin that is serious in its nature, and completely breaks off all graces and ties to God. It puts the individual’s soul in a state that will allow them to suffer eternal damnation if left unconfessed. Hell is real, and living on the wild side in a state of mortal sin is a danger not worth risking.

If it is bad for us to be in a state of mortal sin, it is equally bad to put someone else in a state of mortal sin. Mortal sin kills the soul. It kills our relationship with God. Thus, we may not be killing (murdering) them physically, in a spiritual sense we most definitely are.

When you willfully lead another into a mortal sin, you are murdering them spiritually and putting their salvation at risk. Thus, because you have put their salvation at risk, your salvation is now equally at risk. There are many examples of this, but basically if you allow or help anybody commit any mortal sin, you too are in a state of mortal sin.

Similarly, when you place a temptation in front of someone who is prone to commit a mortal sin, you are committing one as well. The reason is simply because we are to help our brothers and sisters to live a pure and holy life. By testing them in their weakness to sin, they may come out stronger without falling to that temptation, but they likewise might not and put themselves into a deadened relationship with God.

A few examples: Placing a bottle of alcohol before an alcoholic. Leaving pornography out before a sex addict. Talking your girlfriend into engaging in pre-marital sex. Encouraging a friend to steal. These are just a few examples, but you get the idea.

Seeing as this is just an image of alcohol, it is not mortal as it is not real.

Seeing as this is just an image of alcohol, it is not mortal as it is not real.

It is important as well that you are careful, especially with social media. I have seen a couple friends “share” or “like” something on Facebook that is border-line pornographic. To you it may not be a sin, but to those who go by and see this later, it will be. (Really you should avoid it, even if it doesn’t cause you to sin).

Jesus says in the Gospels:

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of things that cause sin! Such things must come, but woe to the one through whom they come! If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life maimed or crippled than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into fiery Gehenna.” Matthew 18:6-9

Jesus doesn’t sugar coat it here and therefore I won’t either. He is very clear that those who lead another into sin would be better off dead than alive. Sin completely kills our relationship with Him. Go to confession if you have committed this sin.

 

This post is one of many in a series on Mortal SinsClick here for more posts explaining and defining mortal sins.

Jeff May 19, 2014 1 Comment Permalink

Mortal Sin Against the Fifth Commandment – Failure To Bury the Dead

The Fifth Commandment: “You Shall Not Kill”

stone-tablet-fifth-commandmentIntentional Failure to Bury the Ashes Or Body of the Dead.

At first glance, you may wonder why intentionally failing to bury the ashes or the body of the dead would constitute grave matter that would risk eternal damnation if left unconfessed. The keywords here would be intentional failure. This would mean that you knew that this was a mortal sin and refused to bury said ashes or body. If you did not know, then it is not mortal.

So assuming that you didn’t know better, why is it a mortal sin to not bury the body or ashes?

We read in Genesis after Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, God says:

“…By the sweat of your brow you shall eat bread, Until you return to the ground, from which you were taken; For you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19

The punishment for Original Sin is death. God created us out of dust, out of nothingness. When we die our bodies will decompose back into dust and nothingness.

When we experience the Resurrection at the end of time, we will be reunited with our bodies and depending upon the state of our soul we will have either a glorified body or a corrupt body. Purgatory will be emptied and all souls that were in Purgatory will be granted access into Heaven so that they too may have those glorified bodies. The poor souls that rebelled against God and His mercy will be stuck with a corrupt body.

What makes failing to bury the dead grave matter is that we are going against God’s plan for the dead. That is, He wants them returned to the ground so that they can go back to where they came. This way when the Resurrection occurs they can rise again from their graves. It also allows for the body of the person to have a final resting place that they may have for them selves. Hence the old saying “Rest In Peace”.

Rest In Peace

It is unlikely that you have a dead body in your home. It is more likely that you have the ashes of a relative in your house. Maintaining those ashes in your house is dangerous to your soul as you are denying your relative their final burial and resting place.

I would also like to make note that cremation is not the traditional way that Catholics are to bury their dead. Burning the body and reducing it to dust hastens the progress of allowing the body to naturally return to dust. On top of that, there is no longer a body there, where as burying the body allows for the skeleton to stay there. There is still a body. Cremation was not accepted until after the Second Vatican Council. It was widely made popular by the freemasons. Masonry is itself a mortal sin as it goes against Jesus Christ and we should avoid doing the things that they do.

If you are forced to cremate by your government, it is not a mortal sin to do so as you are not choosing it yourself. However, if you are not being forced or coerced, bury the actual physical body.

Follow the plan that God allowed so that you can have peace in your soul and your relative can have peace as well.

Do not forget to pray for the repose of their soul. Unless they have been canonized by the Church as a Saint, they are not guaranteed in Heaven.

 

This post is one of many in a series on Mortal SinsClick here for more posts explaining and defining mortal sins.

Mortal Sin Against the Fifth Commandment – Murder

The Fifth Commandment: “You Shall Not Kill”

stone-tablet-fifth-commandmentMurder, homicide or manslaughter.

When looking at the Fifth Commandment, we need to first look at the word “kill”. If you were to look at the original Hebrew, the term “ratsakh” is used. Literally translated “ratsakh” is to “murder”.  Thus we must be aware that in the case of this commandment, it is the term of murder that we must look at. We also must realize that these commandments are for how we interact with other humans. Thus the argument that eating meat is murder, does not apply.

Each and every single person is made in the image and likeness of God. Because of this basic fact, each person is unique and is deserving of life. God is very clear in this commandment, that we are not to murder each other. God is the giver of life, and thus, He is the taker of life. It is up to God and only to God when a person may die.

Intentionally murdering someone, killing someone for the sake of it (homicide) or killing in the moment or by neglect (manslaughter) is a mortal sin that breaks this commandment. In each of these scenarios, you have murdered someone either intentionally, or through your neglect of the situation you happened to be in.

Murder is one of the four sins that cry out to Heaven for justice. We read this in Genesis when Cain killed Abel (c.f. Genesis 4:8-10).

Cain and Abel

Let it be clear that killing in self-defense or killing to defend another person (i.e. an assailant trying to kill a child) is not a mortal sin. It is also important to mention that pets do not count as humans, and thus do not apply under this commandment.

As mentioned earlier, only God can determine when and how a person can die. Likewise, in the Old Testament when God would destroy cities, this is not murder. As God is the maker and giver of life, He has every right to take it away, however He sees fit. Generally He would be violent to show that you are not to cross Him, that He is serious in the commandments that He gives us, and that physical pain and suffering is what awaits those who oppose Him.

 

This post is one of many in a series on Mortal SinsClick here for more posts explaining and defining mortal sins.

Jeff May 13, 2014 3 Comments Permalink

Compromising Morality

Too often in today’s culture, we are encouraged to compromise morality. Sadly, many people have ill-formed consciences and have no problem justifying a compromise, as they feel it is not a big deal. In all reality, it is a big deal, as any time we compromise morality we are turning ourselves away from God and committing sin. This sin, if left unrepentant, can be our undoing and allow ourselves to be thrown into the fiery abyss that is Hell.

There are two types of morality. Objective morality and subjective morality.

Tintoretto Allegory

Objective Morality

Objective morality is the moral law that God has given us through Him, His Son, or through the Church. This is the moral code that does not change through the ages. It is constant, meaning if it was bad 1000 years ago, it is also bad today, and will still be bad 1000 years from today. It will always be immoral. Likewise, the same can be said in regards to something that is good. If it was good yesterday, it is good today and it is good tomorrow.

This is the type of morality that the Church upholds, that through God, we can know what is and isn’t moral regardless of what society may tell us. Since God is omnipotent and unchanging the morality that He gives to us remains true for all eternity. It is not up to changing by subjective morality.

Subjective Morality

Subjective morality is the moral law that is up to individual or societal interpretation. It changes from time to time depending on what people think is right or wrong. What may have been deemed good yesterday can be deemed immoral today and potentially amoral tomorrow. The Church has no issues with subjective morality as long as it does not interfere with morality that has been declared as objective.

An example of subjective morality would be a law involving stopping for school buses. 50 years ago, it would have been considered just fine to not stop for a school bus. Today you are to stop when the lights are flashing and be about 50 feet away (depending on state). Tomorrow, it may be that you must be 50 yards away. However, it is subject to the time and societal constraints that determine if it is moral or not and none of these are absolutely immoral.

I bring up objective and subjective morality because it is almost impossible to fully understand what mortal sins are mortal and the reasoning behind that if you do not fully grasp these two types of morality. It also makes far more sense when you understand that God’s law is unchanging and that many sins are derived from breaking the Ten Commandments from varying degrees.

It is also important to grasp because when it comes to morality, we can not compromise that morality, that is, the ends can never justify the means.

For example, if a terrorist tells the city of La-La Land that they must kill a particular innocent civilian in order to prevent the total annihilation of the city, it would be immoral to do so. The end (saving an entire city from certain destruction) does not justify the means (killing an innocent person). On top of this, we do not know if the terrorist is actually going to blow up the city, or if they will blow up the city even if you kill this innocent person.

A more realistic scenario would be the end (getting a promotion) does not justify the means (lying, cheating and stealing to get the promotion).

If you have committed sins in order to do good, those are stains on your soul. Go to confession and get rid of them. Only the pure can enter Heaven, and a stained soul is not pure. Confess and atone for your sins.

 

This post is one of many in a series on Mortal Sins. Click here for more posts explaining and defining mortal sins.

You Belong In This Time Period

My sister-in-law and I both like to talk about how we were “born in the wrong time period”. She argues that she should have been born in the 1700s due to her interest in old time novels such as “Pride and Prejudice” and other Jane Austen novels. She longs for a time when people were cordial and more people were sophisticated.

18th century fun

Like-wise, I feel I should have been born in the mid-to-late 1800s. Back when Catholics knew their faith and weren’t afraid to believe in it. When priests, bishops and cardinals had the guts to stand up and look evil in the face and preach the error of their ways.

TLM Bowing

But there is a deep silliness in wanting to go backwards or forwards in time to a time period in which you think that you would fit in better. God in His infinite wisdom created you to live right now. Had He wanted you to live in your desired time period, He would have done so. We always long for that which we don’t have and for times in which we unfairly assume they would be easier on us.

We all have our cross to bear, and not living in our desired time period would be one of them. On top of that, since God has given me that sense of longing for Catholicism as she was taught for a good 1900+ years (give or take), I have a unique situation in which I can share that with those today (who believe in God only knows what).

Similarly, my sister-in-law has a responsibility to share with our unsophisticated and highly uncordial culture, the finer things in life and how true men and true women are to behave in a properly functioning society.

Many of us know how bad our society and culture is today. Sin abounds. Granted, we have many benefits that the past does not hold (nor possibly the future) that make our lives much easier.

Technology allows for much more information to come through to us, both good and bad. The internet allows me to find Church Documents easily on one website from all of the Popes and Councils that I can easily reference. The built-in find tool allows me go directly to what I am looking for. Unfortunately, the internet also allows for many distractions and heresy to enter into my life that normally wouldn’t be there otherwise. But ultimately, the Truths and proper etiquette of the past, still hold true today, even if they are not practice nor enforced.

I think it is a safe assumption that if you are reading this, you too, long for a traditional sense of worship in the liturgy. You also long for priests, bishops and cardinals to stand up and defend the faith, rather than just let it go. But God instilled in you the desire for His Truth and the courage to seek it out and defend it. Thus, it is a safe assumption to make that you play a valuable role in bringing about the return to chivalry, tradition, and proper interaction.

Do not wish to be taken away from this time period, as God has purposefully put you here. Discern His will, and implement it, bringing the greatness of the past into today’s world.