As descendants of Adam and Eve, we have inherited the reality of a fallen world. One of the basic truths we accept as Orthodox Christians is that we are sinners. This is important to acknowledge. The epistle of 1 John: 1:8-9 states, “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” So, we don’t despair! We frequently confess our sins to be forgiven and cleansed—to lead lives of continuous repentance. And repentance implies the firm decision to move from darkness to light.