APPEAL TO THE NEW IN THE FAITH
In order to totally change our lives and bring them from hell to heaven, our repentance is not enough, as Judas repented as well, but didn’t do anything else and descended straight into hell. Surely, he was confused by the depth of his sin. But, consider this, those days a soldier also committed a grave sin piercing Christ’s side with a spear. Judas sold Him for money, but physically he somewhat didn’t take part in His crucifixion. While the soldier pierced the side of Christ himself. Judas became desperate in that situation and stopped. The soldier was shaken as he saw the heavens shaken and exclaimed: “Truly this Man was the Son of God!” And he not just repented, he tried to change. That is why when we come to God, to His Church we don’t just repent, we don’t just declare our sin, admit it, feel sorry about it, but we need to do something about it. Then after trying to act, we realize that we can’t do it perfectly. We can become pious, simply righteous. We can be good citizens, good husbands or wives, good employees, but Christ says, in order to find salvation we are meant to be not just righteous, but saint. And this is a drastically different state. To be all the time with Our Eternal God we need to adopt his qualities, that is to become part of His nature. That is why you need to understand it is important to go to church, as nothing will work without church. Supernatural things happen in church. I repeat it once again, being simply righteous is natural for a human, even irreligious people know what righteousness is, but being a saint is supernatural. And for that you will need supernatural help. Not only your sincere efforts to bring your life to order, but a supernatural connection with God. What is natural is accessible to a human, what is supernatural is not accessible to a human, but accessible to God. That is why we go to church not just to admit our sins, but to change, change something dramatically, and for this great change we need to draw a supernatural power, which church people call the Grace of God. This Grace that we draw changes something deep down in our hearts. And we can’t even give a definition to this change or reasonably describe it. It happens there and a man or a woman may really change.