Malankara World

What Shall I Do To Be Saved?

By Rev. Dr. Curian Kaniyamparambil

Question 81. How should one examine themselves before partaking in the Eucharist?

One should seek the help of the Holy Spirit to become conscious of his own sins (John 16:8-9). If one is not like the Pharisee who justified himself before God, he could be conscious of many sins. A few examples are:

(1) The transgression of the Ten Commandments.

(2) The transgression of various commandments of Jesus Christ.

(3) Those mentioned by Jesus Christ in his sermon on the mount (Matt. chap. 5, 6, 7)

(4)      (a) Good deeds done with evil-intentions; eg. Fasting, prayer, etc. if done as described in Matt 6:1-18.

(b) Deeds done in the name of the Lord, but done for selfish ends.

(c) Services one is bound to do in the name of the Lord, but not done; feeding the hungry, quenching the thirst of the thirsty, clothing the naked, comforting the sick and sorrowing, etc...

(5) Failure to do our duties sincerely, the duties entrusted to us by the Lord, as the wicked servant did during the absence of his Lord.

(6) Evil desires, anger without a cause and ridicule.

(7) Unforgiving to others.

(8) Not showing love in Christ.

(9) Evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, and blasphemy (Matt 5:22)

(10) Uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulation, wrath, strife, sedition, heresies, envying , drunkenness, and revelings. (Gala 19-21)

(11) Love of wealth.

(12) Not doing the will of God.

(13) Spiritual Pride: (Biblical knowledge is good but spiritual pride arising out of it is a grave sin).

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