Does gluttony happen with potatoes
It’s worth considering: even if I eat too much pasta and potatoes, I eat clearly more than I need, I formally keep a fast, but it turns out I gluttony.
Now there is Great Lent, and I think this is a very good time to talk about such a passion as gluttony. I am a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church, but I am also a psychologist by education. And therefore, I will discuss this issue both from the biblical and theological, and from the psychological point of view.
So, gluttony. One of the deadly sins. What does it consist of? It is clear that we all need food. We need food. But at some stage, a person may notice a strange feature: he literally shoves food into himself, although he no longer climbs. When there is food like, the body has received enough calories, but it seems to the person is not enough, he is hungry.
In ancient Rome, where the biblical and theological doctrine of mortal sins was formed, it was this: at pagan feasts, which were accompanied by just the same orgies, all kinds of dishes were brought in unimaginable quantities. People ate various delicacies, then left to the side and, using special feathers, which they stuffed into their mouths, empty their stomach. Then they returned to the table and continued to feast. Then they went to the side, again released the stomach, causing vomiting, – and so it happened many times. It was also called the sin of larynx. It was a pursuit of sensations – in the tongue, in the palate. And the food was becoming unimportant. A man ate it and immediately plucked out of himself.
This is precisely what was condemned by the early Christian fathers as the sin of gluttony. But in our time, it seems, there are no such feasts, but nevertheless the problem remains. It seems that I'm full, but still eat, eat and eat. One of the reasons is the hardships suffered by our ancestors during the Civil War, the Holodomor, the siege of Leningrad, when people suffered a terrible hunger strike, and then passed on to their descendants, and those with their idea that it is impossible to leave an empty plate is better in us than in a basin . And now, if I left something on a plate, but it seems to be full, anyway the plate should be clean. Society of clean plates! I put something in myself, chew, swallow, I don’t know why. Throwing away food is a sin!
And so the person begins to increase his weight. Now, when fasting, people are turning to me: “Father, can I eat that, can I? "Father, hard work, on the street, in the cold, you have to carry gravity, it’s freezing." And in fact, the apostle Paul clearly states: “Food does not bring us closer to God. Whether we eat, we gain nothing. We don’t eat – we don’t lose anything. ” That is, our focus on what can be eaten and what is not, what food will bring me closer to God, make me more holy, and after eating what food God will turn away from me, this idea has nothing to do with Christianity. But, unfortunately, people have been living through this for years and precisely during fasting.
It’s worth considering: even if I eat the same pasta, eat the same potato, eat clearly more than I need, I formally observe a fast, but it turns out that I gluttony. Or chocolate, especially dark chocolate. It seems like formally this is lean food – there is no meat, or milk, or eggs. But you can engage in voluptuousness, eating chocolate and not formally breaking the fast. And I’m not even talking about fasting now, but about such problems as bulimia (“bull appetite”), when a person eats, eats, eats and cannot get enough. Moreover, he really experiences a feeling of hunger. This is a serious psychological, and perhaps partly a psychiatric problem. Again, it may be associated with the experience of parents, grandparents, or it may be acquired, it is far from always the fault of the person himself, but he feels guilty. Especially if he is a believer. Nor can it stop.
In this situation, it is worthwhile to turn to a psychologist, and in some cases, if it is mental bulimia, to a psychotherapist or psychiatrist for medical help. And do not say that here we have the Church, there is the father, and he will help in everything. Yes, the priest will pray for you, yes, the Lord can do a lot, but in the end, did the Lord give people knowledge about how this world works? What substances in medicines can help people? If, including due to professional help, you manage to overcome this temptation, then in this case you will come closer to God. It’s normal that we, priests, work with relevant specialists, and you don’t disdain.
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