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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

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