My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ God,
CHRIS IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE.
Inspired Orthodox Positions (Part II)
By Saint Nicolas of Ochrid
Just as the faithless Jews once trampled upon the Commandments of God, one after the other, and marched according to the witness of the world and their hearts, they now have done the same with the teaching of Christ, the Master of all teachings. They have undermined and abolished one dogma after the other. They have gotten rid of all Gospel Commandments. They have rejected the Apostolic and Patristic decrees. They have ridiculed all the sayings of the Saints, and the Ascetic examples they have reduced to myths.
The strongest blow THE HERETIC THEOLOGIANS HAVE IMPARTED TO THE GOSPEL IS THEIR QUESTIONING THE DIVINITY OF THE MESSIAH OF THE WORLD, SOME DOUBTING IT AND OTHERS TOTALLY REJECTING IT. This was followed by a whole string OF DENIALS OF SPIRITUAL TRUTHS SUCH AS: THE EXISTENCE OF ANGELS AND DEMONS, OF PARADISE AND HELL, OF HTE ETERNAL GLORY OF THE SAINTS AND THE JUST, FASTING, THE POWER OF THE CROSS, THE VALUE OF THE PRAYER, etc.
Simply put, THE HERETIC THEOLOGIANS HAVE CONCERNED THEMSELVES WITH ADAPTATIONS AND HOMOOGENIZATION (OF DIFFERENT FAITHS), EVN SINCE THE SCHISM OF THE West from the East, with greater emphasis in the last 150 years. They CONFORMED THE HEAVENS TO EARTH, CHRIST TO OTHER "FOUNDERS OF RELIGIONS" and the Good News to their religions, Muslim, and pagan. Everything allegedly IN THE NAME OF "TOLERANCE" and "FOR THE BENEFIT OF PEACE" between people and nations. However, this is where the BEGINNING OF WARS AND REVOLUTIONS LIE, such as have never been heard of before. For the Truth CAN IN NO WAY TOLERATE JOINING WITH HALF-TRUTHS AND LIES.
The theosophical view that the truth is scattered among all the religions, philosophies, and mysteries got the best the heretic theologian of the Western world. Thus, they say that there must be some truth in Christianity, as well as in Islam, and Hinduism or Brahmanism, in Plato and Aristotle, in Zed-Avesta, in Tantra and Mantras of Tibet. If it were so, then the ark of humanity would keep on sailing without hope in the dark seas of life, without compass or captain.
Then, why did Christ say this strange saying: "I AM THE TRUTH" (John 14:5), He did not say, I am a part of the truth but THE TRUTH. Also, "I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD" (John 8:12). So, He is the WHOLE TRUTH AND THE WHOLE LIGHT. Moreover, according to His word, HE IS THE ONLY GUIDE TO THE PATH TO ETERNAL LIFE AND THE ONLY ONE WHO KNOWS GOD. He said to the Jews: "AND YOU HAVE NOT COME TO KNOW HIM BUT I KNOW HIM AND IF I SAY THAT ID NOT KNOW HIM WILL BE A LIAR LIKE YOU…" (John 8:55). Is it possible Christ was deceived? Or perhaps He deceived us?
May God forgive us for putting forth such questions. We do not pose them ourselves, but the heretics posed them from very early on. And they are constantly answering them, one so and so and another differently – the one like the Jews, that Christ was a deceiver, and the other like the theosophites, that He was deceived. For us, such a case DOES NOT EXIST.
The Orthodox Christians believe and confess that Jesus Christ IS THE ONE AND ONLY MESSIAH, SAVIOR OF THE WORLD, THE ONE WHO HAS REDEEMED THE HUMAN RACE FROM SIN AND RESTORED IT, THE SON OF GOD WHO WAS INCARNATE OF THE EVER-VIRGIN MARY AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, GOD OF GOD THE FULFILLMENT OF TRUTH, THE SOURCE OF LIFE, THE VICTOR OVER DEATH, THE CAUSE OF RESURRECTION, THE ONLY TRUE PATH TOWARD THE PROPER GOAL, THE JUDGE OF THE LIVING AND THE DEAD.
There is something that remains unexplained till now and forms the basic difference between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the heretical churches of the Latin West. However, before we proceed in its explanation, we must settle the fact taht the new period for the heretics of the Latin West and not stat with the REFORMATION or with the French Revolution, but from the 10th century when the Christian West FELL AWAY FROM TEH CHRISTIAN EAST. From that point on, Western Latin Christianity started WITH ADAPTATIONS AND THE HOMOGENIZATIONS. This constitutes the essence of this new period for them, OF THE CONTEMPORARY AGE OF MODERNISM ABOUT WHICH THEY EVEN BRAG. For the Eastern Orthodox Church, FROM THE TIME OF CHRIST’S APPEARANCE IN THE WORLD, THER IS NO OLD AND NEW AGE BUT EVERYTHING IS EXACTLY THE SAME AND REAL, INDEPENDENT OF PERIODS, SITUATIONS AND SUBJUGATIONS.
DOGMATICS IS AN APPLIED SCIENCE. This is something that the heretic theologians either don’t realize or neglect ed. From the beginning, dogmatics was an applied science – something that the holy Apostles were aware of, as well as the Saints and the Ascetics of the Eastern Orthodox Church and for this reason, they struggled to personally fulfill every dogma in their life.
The dogma of the Holy Trinity, for example concerning the One Triune God, seemed to many laypeople and even to heretic theologians as the most abstract of all dogmas. However, in the Menaion of the Orthodox Church, it mentions many Saints who through asceticism made themselves "THE ABODE OF THE HOLY TRINITY." They ENLIGHTENED TEHIR MIND, THEIR HEART AND THEIR WILL, THESE THREE, LIKE CONNECTED RECEPTACLES WHICH THEY FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT ACCORDING TO THE LORD’S PARABLE OF THE LEAVENED BREAD (Luke 13:21).
The holy Apostle Paul expressed it beautifully by saying: "What? Don’t you know that your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which you have of God and you are not your own?" (1 Corinthians 6:19). Of course wherever God the Holy Spirit is, there God the Father and God the Son are the Holy Trinity, INDIVISIBLE, INSEPARABLE, AND LIFE-GIVING. This is why in some stichera of the Saints we sing, "YOU BECAME THE ABODE OF THE HOLY TRINITY."
ALL the Mysteries (Sacraments) of the Holy Orthodox Church, but also of many of the sacred services, begin with the prayer to the Holy Spirit, "Heavenly King, the Spirit of Truth…come and DWELL IN US." We pray, therefore, for the Holy Spirit to come and dwell in us. This does not happen immediately but AFTER MUCH ASCETICISM WITH PRAYER, FASTING, ALMSGIVING, AND TOIL. And after then all these things, with FREQUENT WEEPING AND SIGHING, THE HEART IS CLEANSED AND THE HOLY SPIRIT DWELLS IN IT (THE HEART) TO ENLIGHTEN THE HEAR AND THE MINDAND THE WILL. THEN THE MOST HIGH GOD DWELLS IN MAN AND WORKS EVERYTHING THROUG HIM.
MIND, HEART, AND WILL COMPRISE THE TRIUNE MAN. In the sinful and passionate soul, these three do NOT exist in union and divine harmony but are divided and ill-sorted. In such a case man looks like a house that is divided, CANNOT STAND AND FALLS. Such a dwelling of the soul CANNOT THEN BE SAVED, EXCEPT THROUGH REPENTANCE AND FAITH IN THE GOSPEL (Source: "Inspired Articles of Orthodox Spirituality" by "Orthodox Kypseli")
"Glory Be To GOD
– Saint John Chrysostomos
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With sincere agape in His Holy Diakonia (Ministry),
The sinner and unworthy servant of God
+ Father George