Originally Posted by myLivingBread
Is it a sin for a person who whips himself for religious belief or for penance?
This has become traditional practice only in our province every Holy week,
They even let themselves be crucified on Good Friday.
while the other faithful celebrate the Holy Week , singing the passion of Christ
without ceasing from Holy Monday to Good Friday.
The church try to stop this tradition but to no avail. It was handed from generation to generation.
I ask one the crucified penitent, why do they do it.
He said " So that the World would remember that there is a Lord who was
crucified because of our sin."
It is a sin for these persons to crucify themselves. They are mistakenly believing that external pain is sufficient to obtain grace. The bad thief who was crucified next to Jesus still went to Hell. So even being crucified next to Jesus will not save a person if they do not have faith and love and hope in their hearts.
It seems to me that excessive focus on externals rather than internals is harmful to our path to salvation.