Advice 1: How to absolve

All people are sinful by nature. Only some recognize this and others don't. To see and understand your sins – the great art. Because only in this case, it is possible to improve, to become better and not to come back on the same rake.
How to absolve
You will need
  • Prayer, The Gospel
The first and indispensable condition for the remission of sins is their recognition. You must realize that when you've done wrong, why you did and whether it was possible not to do that. Look back at your life and the lives of the people around you: do all that you have found useful and enjoyable, is that really the case? Of God if it was?
You should repent and be ashamed of their actions, to hate sin and to sincerely desire the corrections.
Many people are faced with the problem of what constitutes a sin and what is not. In this case, you will help the reading of spiritual literature, writings of the Holy fathers of the Church, or talk with a priest. It is useful to re-read the sermon on the mount the Savior (Matt. 5:3 - 7:27), to understand how far we are from that ideal of life which the Lord has given us. Because the words of Christ is the normal Christian life.
After repentance, you can assume that you have already taken the first step to recovery.
Realizing your sins, you must repent sincerely. Repentance is an essential condition for the remission of sins. You have to change the way their thoughts and way of life, to refuse from sinful deeds and thoughts. Sinning and then repenting, and then sinning is an even greater crime against God. Such a sin is much worse.
When you're mentally ready, you will need to make the main action in the way of remission of sins – to confess your sins in Church. It bequeathed to the clergy of our Lord Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of sins: "Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven" (Matt., 18,18). So the priest has the right to release any and all sins, if only it was sincere and heartfelt repentance.
Confession is one of the main sacraments, because to prepare for it need with great responsibility and reverence. As a rule, the confession should in the Church (if you are seriously ill). You should be baptized in the Orthodox faith, to wear the pectoral cross.
Preparing for Confession, read the prayer rule established in this case. The reading of the gospel will also help you to understand your own sinfulness and feel great awe and fear of God.
Coming to Confession, you're supposed to list your sins to the priest. Should not talk in General terms, and to name specific sinsyou see in yourself. What will tell, then will be released to you. If you will be hard to say or I forget something, the priest may ask leading questions. Try not to repeat.
If the priest will see that you are hiding something or not telling, it may not absolve you of your sinsby sending you once again to think about everything. Take any solution for granted, it will do you good.
If the priest has accepted your Confession, he will read over you the prayer of absolution and the sins of your opustitsya. You have to understand, the more sincere the repentance, the more forgiveness and grace soveschanie from God. Not the priest, forgives your sins, and God himself. That is why it is useless to hide something and keep back.
Some perceive the confession as an opportunity to communicate with the priest, ask him questions and get answers. Every priest coming to confession in their own way: one considers it its duty always to give useful advice ispoveduyuschaya, the other prefers to hear the confessions in silence and only in special cases breaks the silence. It is important to remember that confession is not an interview with a priest, and a standing before God.
Useful advice
Think about your sinfulness every day, analyze day: for all the good you thank God for all the bad sincerely ask for forgiveness.

Advice 2: How to confess sins

One of the major Sacraments of Christianity is confession. On it the believer recalls his sins, repents of them, and asks God's forgiveness. He who asks mercy of the Heavenly Father, always gets her, but the repentance must be sincere and active.
How to confess sins
You need to be aware of what you are guilty before God and man. Not only all known mortal sins – murder, theft, adultery, abortion, but daily sins, which permeated our life.Serious sin – indifference and amiloride to people. If you judge and condemn your neighbor – you have sinned condemnation. If you say that a sinless and righteous – sinful pride and self-praise. If you swear, smoke, drink, if irritable and angry, if you thought wished offended you evil man – you have sinned.A very common sin – the serpent. And do not be misled by the fact that the fortune teller as if praying before reveal your future or solve your problems. She suffers, and most likely, knows this. And you know that too fell into sin. Only gentlemen need to ask for help, and only on His grace rely.Sin is the indifference and neglect of prayer, the mention of the name of the Lord in vain, laziness and gluttony. Remember all your sins, write them down on a sheet of paper, so as not to get lost and not to forget in the confessional. And most importantly - sincerely forgive their abusers. Christians of all denominations pray the Lord: "And forgive us our debts, as we leave our debtors." If you do not forgive the debtor, whether to ask for forgiveness for their sins?
Confession usually starts before the beginning of the divine Liturgy. Listen carefully to the prayer of General confession in which the priest asks God's forgiveness for the many sins, and too mentally ask forgiveness of God. Then starts an individual confession, when each penitent approaches the priest and confess before the Lord his sins, both voluntary and involuntary.Do not attempt to refer to the circumstances or the fact that you are in sin brought by someone else. If you yourself justify the means are not justified of God. The priest allows the sins of the penitent, not his will but the name of the Lord. After the priest read the prayer, kiss the Cross and the gospel lying on the lectern.
If you want to partake of the Holy Mysteries, it is necessary to fast at least three days. To confession it is better to go the night before to the day of Communion at the Service not to be distracted by anything, completely focusing on prayer.Before bed on the eve of the Sacrament, besides the usual prayers at bedtime, you need to read the penitential Canon, canons to the most Holy Theotokos, Guardian angel and partaking of the Sacrament. Come to Communion with arms crossed on the chest, with humility and gratitude to the Lord for his mercy. After partaking of the Sacrament, listen to the prayer of thanksgiving.If you do not perceive by ear the Church Slavonic language at home before the icons, read the prayer on their own. Try as much as possible to keep the purity that you got after confession and Communion.
Useful advice
Remember that there is no Unforgiven sin is unrepentant.

Advice 3: What are the sins in Orthodoxy

Sin in Orthodoxy is called a serious violation of human rights leading to the destruction of the human soul, the impossibility of eternal life in the Kingdom of God. Almost all sins can be redeemed through confession.
What are the sins in Orthodoxy

The unpardonable sin

There is one sin that will forever close the door to the Kingdom of God - the expression of discontent and condemnation of his actions. An Orthodox Christian should always remember about it and not to make a fatal error. This sin is called pride and is considered to be an original. According to the Bible, Lucifer was banished from heaven to earth because of the fact that I dared to Express dissatisfaction with the existing order.

Other sins

There are 7 deadly sins. Pride is one of them. They are called mortal because they kill the life of the soul. If a person commits serious misconduct too often, he may forever alienate himself from God and his true ways. In this case, he can only rely on God's mercy and forgiveness.

Greed is today's most common sin. People are so absorbed by their material wealth (or lack thereof), he forgets about his soul, that he is imperfect and he must rely on the help and grace of God. Greed exacerbate the "dirty" money that people earned in a dishonest way.

Fornication is another common sin. Sometimes the animal rights takes precedence over his spiritual longings, and the man indulges in all serious. In Orthodoxy, even depraved look at a woman is considered fornication. Swearing, reading and watching pornographic materials is also considered sinful.

Envy is sinful only if it leads to harming one's neighbor. This so-called "black" envy. It resembles that of pride, as a man, jealous of someone, also expressed dissatisfaction with the existing order of things established by God.

Discouragement leads to depression and sometimes to suicide. It all starts with the fact that the person is simply too lazy to do good deeds and to arrange his life. It is gradually moving in that man ceases to fear God and rely on him.

Anger clouds the mind of a person and possesses them. For him man is capable of anything just to get rid of this unpleasant feelings. Often motivated by anger are strife and murder. Of course, it does not always end in physical abuse, but the hatred and enmity between people necessarily remains.

Gluttony is reflected in the use of drugs and alcohol, as well as compliance with prescribed posts.

Advice 4: Is it a sin Masturbation

Masturbation or Masturbation in ancient times was perceived as an occupation is sinful and condemnable. However, modern statistics suggest that masturbating at least once in their life 99% of men and 80% women. Doctors in one voice say that such a discharge is useful for the physiology of the body and mind. The Church often avoids topics such party, and in the Scriptures of the information on this issue is extremely small.
Is it a sin Masturbation

Masturbation in the Bible

The term "Masturbation" comes from the name of the hero of the old Testament myth of Onan. His older brother Ira was commanded by the Lord to marry Tamar, but he died soon after, and prevent offspring. The wife was inherited by the Onan. The young man had to continue the race brother. That is, the first male child born of Onan, was considered the son of the deceased Ira. The prospect of Onan is not impressed, and on the wedding night, he "poured out the seed on the ground" to prevent conception. However, most likely, we are not talking about Masturbation, and interrupted intercourse.

Probably, in those days, Masturbation and ways of protection from unwanted pregnancy was identical concepts because I did not bring the desired result – children. The Lord was very angry, because he promised that this kind of should be the Messiah. As punishment, he struck the unfortunate lightning. Anywhere else neither in the old nor in the New Testament about this lesson says nothing. From which we can conclude that in the entire history of mankind was punished just one punter and only for the fact that his seed was not where we needed God.

Masturbation in the middle Ages

The Christian Church, nurtured on the Foundation of the old Testament, revered myths of the Jewish people and have adopted many of their customs of worship and righteous living. Long-time masturbators no one has touched before them, no one did not care. But to replace the relatively tolerant early Christianity came medieval clergy, who in all respects was suffering from perfectionism. Masturbation, petting, oral sex, protection from pregnancy and even spontaneous pollutions were considered wicked, and those who were engaged in them were punished. Dealt with "masturbators", are most often denounced by detractors, God-fearing family, friends and even parents.

Teenagers, for the first time caught masturbating, beaten on the hands with a stick, imposes penance and released. However, if this didn't help, and young people continued to enjoy themselves, responsible relatives through the priests passed with all the zeal to take more drastic measures. In the historical memoirs of the medieval life described cases when during Masturbation, the boys cut off the head of the penis, and the girls were stamped out or pulled out with forceps Clit. Of course, these actions were accompanied by the reading of Psalms and prayers for such delicate cases. About the future of these crippled children did not say a word, but you can put that Masturbation is not interested in them anymore.

Masturbation in the modern religious world

A widespread misconception is that Masturbation is a crime against nature, is often used by reactionaries and religious fanatics. And yet, Masturbation is a very common phenomenon in the animal Kingdom, which suggests that it is inherent in the living beings of nature.

The Orthodox Church condemns sex before marriage, as well as acts of self-gratification and mental lust. Catholic and Protestant priests, for the most part, look for this condescending, if we are not talking about compulsive Masturbation. In addition, most of the Orthodox and Catholic priests do not condemn marital mutual Masturbation, as an act of foreplay prior to intercourse, preferring not to intervene in this private sphere of the flock, if it is not in line with spiritual and universal moral norms.

In the Eastern teachings to Masturbation fit philosophically. Some branches of Buddhism even recommend lessons Masturbation to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Many Eastern cultures for centuries have built a foreplay and sex in cult, and here mutual Masturbation, and self-satisfaction played a very important role.

In the twenty-first century consensus about Masturbation, there is only the personal attitude of the individual of the clergy for her. Some consider sinful and lustful thoughts and Masturbation, the latter equating to sexual perversions, while others rely on the absence of direct instructions in the Scriptures and the commandments, argue that Masturbation is not considered a sin.
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