Increased fantasy and imagination is hidden in almost every sin, with two consequences of increased fantasy being as follows:
- Distortion of one’s spiritual life, leading the individual to self-deification; and
- Psychological abnormalities.
In particular, as a result of the first consequence, one “can reach the point of recognizing elements of the divine in something created” (Met. Hierotheos, 2010, The science of spiritual medicine, p. 169), becoming a pantheist. “Self-deification is the greatest sin of all . . . [because it] is actually a repetition of Adam’s Fall” (ibid.).