Managing the Affairs of the UOC Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary
Often, spiritual disease can become a cause of bodily diseases, but seldom it happens that the disease physical causes of spiritual disease, said the Hierarch.
The root of all diseases, and all evil in this world is one and the root of this is sin. This was stated by managing the Affairs of the UOC Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary “Komsomolskaya Pravda in Ukraine”.
“The Holy fathers say that physical illness can serve as a pretext for the healing of certain diseases of the spirit: often affected our flesh, to heal the soul, and thus outbreaks were sacrificed sin, to live the truth,” said the Bishop.
In his words, “disease doesn’t just happen out of nowhere, without reason: how we live, how sincerely and carefully we fulfil the gospel commandments, depends on our condition. And in that case, if we ignore the demands of Christ concerning moral purity and spiritual perfection, our soul will certainly hurt. A disease of the soul will entail and the disease of the body.”
“But at the same time, often, physical ailments manifest as a means to test our faith and our faithfulness to God. Keeping this in mind, we should also not forget about the superiority of the spiritual over the physical health and the importance to care first about the soul and only then – about the body,” – says the Lord.
He recalled that “in the gospel from the lips of the Savior sounds like a rhetorical question: what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own hurt? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? The answer to this question is obvious but its meaning not just to understand the man, mired in the routine of life’s problems: who wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it (MK. 8:35)”.
“Who needs this? Believer why a miracle? And so he believes. And infirm, who limp on both knees, these miracles are a kind of sign. But you need to understand that they cannot be used to strengthen and affirm their faith. This is absolutely true, because in every culture-religious tradition has its wonders. Therefore, the miracle in itself is neutral. It is neither good nor bad. And only when it stems from faith in Christ, becomes actual, it becomes a firming early, the cement that holds the bricks of our faith,” said Metropolitan Anthony.
Search of the same miracles psychics, bioenergetics, etc. the Church does not encourage. Turning to some kind of healer, you may receive healing, but wait: you can apply to the doctor, because you don’t know why God gave you this cross of illness. Maybe he is given to admonition, after all the suffering flesh has ceased from sin. Because the Scripture says: “Examine the spirits, whether they are from God” (1 Jn. 4:1) and “Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord!”, will enter the Kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 7:21),” concluded the Hierarch.
As reported by PWC, informed Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary said that every person living on earth and Baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity, receives from God special help. These gifts from God is special, and each person is different.