Πειρασμός is any experience by which a man allows concern over the material world to come between him and his soul’s relationship with God.

Πάσχω, πάθημα is the experience, even a blood experience, by which a man overcomes temptation and receives forgiveness of sins, with much passion for the soul and its relationship with God.

The suffering that we are concerned with, then, is not some mishap chance experience, but the process by which a man focuses as much of his energy as he can on the soul and its relationship with God; the failure to do so results in greater pain, i.e. death, a state of διάβολος, than the suffering (πάθημα) one experiences during the process of μετάνοια and keeping the faith.

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