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Pride is at the heart of the concept of sin.  Sin is always a form of arrogation, a claim, to be independent of God and in reality death.  To claim that you can love without any help from God is an arrogation of something that belongs to God alone for God is love.   


Sin is a perverse imitation of God wherewith one shows he is capable of loving but without substance.  the sinner is a mortal pretending he is immortal.  Sin is the will to retain or pursue what justice forbids and from which there is freedom for man to abstain.     


Anyone who commits sin willingly chooses folly over wisdom and as a consequence becomes troublesome and ignorant of divine doctrine.  Ignorance is that falsehood looks like the truth and he cannot distinguish between the two.  And because his will becomes blind, he desires what is incorrigible and dangerous. 


This is the spiritual state of all men today because of original sin and their consequent sins. . .they became spiritually and morally incompetent.  Sin is the choice of evil over good.  It can be avoided through intense and unceasing prayer.  Man's inexcusable fault is his refusal to turn to God for help. . .this is pride.







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