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The Evil in this World: Do You Renounce the Devil?

“Do you renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God? ... Do you renounce the powers of this world that rebel against God? ... Do you renounce the ways of sin that draw you from God?” These three questions are asked in Baptism and Confirmation services in my Lutheran church and probably in similar services in some other Christian churches. To each question, those assembled are asked to respond, “I renounce them.”

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An Eastern Orthodox Perspective on Sin

In the Eastern Orthodox Church (EOC) the word for sin in Greek is "αμαρτία" which is defined in the following way: 'failure' or — more specifically — 'missing the mark,' 'going astray,' 'erring,' 'severing a relationship,' or, ultimately, “failing to achieve the purpose and benefit of life for which one is created.'

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