I was just thinking about all the posts concerning sex before marriage, and whether someone should wait or not until they are married to have sex, and I couldn't help but wonder about God's Holy Spirit in our lives, and where exactly IS IT for us to be even asking such questions!!???
ALthough there are many reasons (both psychological and medical) that would support not having sex until you get married, ultimately, it rests on the desire of the person to live in holiness.
This topic really upsets me when I see Christian youth, especially Coptic, unable to discern what is Holy and what is cultural and what is sinful.
The ROLE of the Holy SPirit in your lives is to be this guide. How can you neglect its voice??? What is going on????
For someone to be chaste, it emanates from the desire to love God, and want God's blessing in your life. That's it. What is stopping anyone from sleeping with anyone else? before marriage Do they not realise that this is sin?
I can find it realistic that someone who doesn't know God behaves in this way. Unless a Coptic Christian is truly angry from God, and wants to sin, there is something that is not right:
Why doesn't the Holy Spirit, that they have been graced with, at the time of their baptism, tell them whether this is right or wrong? WHy are they asking as if they are unsure whether it is right or wrong anyway!?
There is something here not right. I just don't understand it.
I would understand it if a COptic Christian said :"Yes, I WANT to have sex before marriage, EVEN though I know this is sinful, and that is because I want to sin, and I want to be far from God, because frankly, I'm so upset with God, I want to do this".
That would be at the very least a bit understanding, but even with these bad intentions, if the Holy Spirit existed in that person, why on, or HOW on earth could they sin??
Is the Holy Spirit in me different than the Holy Spirit in someone else?? Were we not born from the same Orthodox CHurch? Do we not participate in the same sacraments?
The same with everything... how is it one priest can not sleep at night knowing that he has offended someone, and yet another can justify the most absurd acts of injustice and then give Holy Communion afterwards?? Is it NOT the same Holy Spirit that convicts the heart?? Why one person is convicted and not another??
Even if you had bad intentions, surely the Holy SPirit should have stopped you. Even the Bible says that those of God cannot sin. I mean, I know that we sin, but even if you WANT to sin, you'd find it hard to do anyway.
How comes other Copts do not?
I know very well , from my own experiences in life, that even when I am mad at God, and I WANT TO SIN, and I WANT TO REBEL, I cannot. Its hard. I find myself blocked.
I find myself stuck.. its as if , sin has lost all attractiveness - even though I want to.
How comes this same Holy Spirit doesn't work in others?? It doesnt make sense!!