Are baby steps acceptable in order to stop sinning or sin less?
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(05-20-2010, 05:55 PM)Herr_Mannelig Wrote:
(05-19-2010, 04:38 PM)justlurking Wrote: Are baby steps acceptable in order to stop sinning or sin less?

Or the only acceptable thing is stop sinning completely and for example masturbating 4 times in a month is as bad as masturbating 20 times?

Acceptable to do, not really acceptable to plan.

Exactly.  It's not acceptable to say, "I'm only going to masturbate 4 times this month."  It is "acceptable" to say, "I'm not going to masturbate this month," if you then succumb to temptation and do it 4 times.  (Acceptable in the sense that you had the right intention, and didn't plan to fail.)  And it would be correct to see that as an improvement.

It's not because 4 times is just as bad as 20.  It's that planning to sin is an additional sin in itself, perhaps worse than the sin you're trying to cut back on.  And as someone pointed out, if you come out of Confession with that plan, you've made a sacrilegious Confession.  You have to plan not to commit the sin again at all, even though you know you may, because you're human.
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Re: Are baby steps acceptable in order to stop sinning or sin less? - by Mhoram - 05-26-2010, 10:01 AM



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