Why Do We Feel Guilty?

 Sent to us By: Father - Abbot +Gregori SSJt

 

 

      There is a battle taking place inside each of us. It is a battle between good and evil, a struggle to overcome the evil temptations of life. All of us were born with a conscience, that little voice inside us that tells us right from wrong. It is this conscience which is deeply rooted in the very heart and mind of every individual which cause the constant feelings of guilt when we act contrary to God’s Law and the moral laws of our society.

 

       This feeling of guilt is a witness to the weakness and sinfulness of our human nature, a corruption of our being that, unchecked, dominates our thoughts and actions almost constantly. The consequences of this feeling of guilt is clearer and easier to understand when it is studied in the pure light of the God-given Revelation of religious and moral values.

 

Unlike the “lower animals”, mankind has been given the ability to discern between good and evil, right and wrong, moral and immoral, a gift with which we recognize within ourselves more clearly the difference between good and evil. What a predicament we find ourselves in! This quandary of being able to recognize our many weaknesses, and yet perpetuating those very weakness, is a true tragedy that confounds mankind. “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do  what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. So then it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me,Romans 7,15-17.

 

        In todays modern society, with the rise of “secularism”, “political correctness”, “globalism”, “inclusiveness and acceptance of all life-styles”, no matter how vulgar or immoral, along with the rapid rise in technological and scientific development has created a wall between many of us and God. This separation, this barrier masks the deep need of the individual to know and understand the natural existence of his feelings of guilt. Many today go through life with the false teaching and belief that “there is no God”, that we are each gods in  our own right, so therefore, “if it feels good, we should do it”. And there are others (far too many I’m afraid) who have been taught that nothing is their fault because they are products of their upbringing which therefore makes them “victims”, and they refuse to accept responsibility for their own actions. Both of these groups of people, the “little gods” and the “victims” go through life with an emptiness and a longing, not knowing why. In reality, nothing can remove the innate feeling which is a part of man’s nature; and there is no antidote or “quick cure” for it neither. No amount of human achievement, no amount of indulgence in perversions can relieve us of our feelings of guilt. On the contrary, they are only external forces that temporarily mask our sense of guilt.

 

        The very fact that there exists this conflict within each person is proof of the existence of such a condition, which often explodes in thoughts and actions which cause neurological disturbances which can then lead to perversions of both body and mind. Everyone who takes the time to search their innermost feelings and thoughts, will recognize the dual forces within themselves, “….as I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war, with the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin which dwells in my members,” Romans 7, 21-23.

 

         This experience felt by the Apostle Paul is felt by every individual who, with honesty, looks into themselves and finds this war waging within their body and mind. This feeling of guilt is a remnant of mankinds  past iniquity and disobedience to God, which remains indelible in man’s very nature. The existence of these feelings of guilt in every one of us is due to a corruption of human nature by one’s own transgressions, which is in opposition to the original state of perfection of man in God’s creation. Having this awareness of guilt also shows that we were created with an ability to not only help ourselves, but, more importantly to honor our Creator, God.  God endowed each of us with the divine gift of Free Will to advance ourselves through our own abilities and responsibilities to reach our “Likeness” with God.

 

        Sin and guilt presuppose the free will by which mankind has the ability  to choose between good and evil. The physical and spiritual environment of man’s original state was filled with beauty, serenity and all the needs of life; this was prepared by God for mankind’s use with humble obedience to His Will. But, due to mankind’s “fall” from this state of grace through arrogance and disobedience to God, not only mankind, but the whole universe became corrupted. As a result of this “fall”, the feeling of guilt has remained  in man’s nature from generation to generation. It remains as a flicker of light within us to desire and seek perfection and to prepare a foundation on which to build our acceptance of God’s Grace. The same as pain is a gift for the protection  of one’s health, so the feeling of guilt  in its very nature is a gift that helps lead us toward salvation.

 

Father - Abbot +Gregori SSJt


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