Knowledge together with pride gives rise to schisms, but together with humility it gives birth to spiritual wisdom said His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine in his sermon during the Divine Liturgy at the Dormition Cathedral of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra on June 13, 2021, the Sunday of the holy fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, reports the Information and Educational Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
“If knowledge is combined with human pride, it gives birth to schisms, heresies and all kinds of evil. Knowledge, combined with humility, gives rise to spiritual wisdom, reveals the Truth, which is God, and helps people to unite with this Truth. Wisdom combined with human humility gives rise to virtue that is useful to a person in earthly life and elevates him to eternal life,” said His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry.
According to the metropolitan, the holy fathers at the First Ecumenical Council, condemning the heresy of Arianism, showed the power of spiritual wisdom and conciliar reason.
A conciliar mind is a mind that has humility. “And a mind that has humility is a wise mind, a strong mind that reveals the Truth to man,” said His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry.
The archpastor urged believers to pray to God in order to be humble and forgive each other.
“We should try to pray, repent of our sins, and forgive our neighbor for his sins. This is the path that leads a person to humility, and humility leads a person to the grace of God. God gives grace to the humble, the grace that is necessary for every person in his life, which helps us to overcome all the difficulties of this earthly wandering and to achieve eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven,” said His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry.