On March 27, 2019, YSU Ijevan Branch Library hosted a lecture on “The Deadly Sin of Sloth”, conducted by the Bishop of Tavush Diocese, Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan.
The discussion was attended by Acting Director of YSUIB A. V. Tsutsulyan, representatives of administrative and professorial staff, clergymen of Tavush Diocese; priest Arakelyan Ter Simeon, priest Tovmas Arakelyan, students of different specialties.
During the discussion, Bagrat Bishop Galstanyan touched upon the types of sins which, according to will, could be intentional and unintentional, according to conscious, conscious and unconscious. If unintentional sins were forgiven or easily forgiven, it was most difficult to forgive intentional and conscious sins, of which seven deadly sins were particularly hateful to God and the saints.
It was emphasized that sloth was classified among seven deadly sins (1. pride, 2.envy, 3. wrath, 4.sloth, 5. greed, 6. gluttony, 7. lust.
Series of deadly sins or the like were slander, sorcery, blasphemy, bossiness, insincerity, deceitfulness, greed, selfishness, naughtiness, cunningness, mockery, betrayal.
To the students’ question, which was the main means of overcoming the state of sloth, the speaker replied: “One of the ways to get out of laziness is planning to have power over time, how you manage your time” Bagrat Bishop Galstanyan added that the work (acting, creation) was a divine blessing, he urged the students stop being lazy, to step in, to act, to create, to train both the body and the mind.
After all, as you sow, so shall you reap, namely your deeds, good or bad, would repay you in kind.
Mr. Tsutsulyan added that if God was in every human being, and God was “THE CREATOR” then man employed that divine ability to create.