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 on: Today at 11:08:31 AM 
Started by LizaSymonenko - Last post by LizaSymonenko

Again, I don't care one way or the other about U2.  I have nothing against the album....(I haven't listened to it,yet). 

However, I didn't appreciate them downloading it to my phone without permission, nor did I appreciate the image.  It's great seeing men hug.  I have no issues with love between fathers and sons....

THESE images stir different emotions than the one above.

 on: Today at 10:59:35 AM 
Started by TristanCross - Last post by TristanCross

Can you expound on the bishop aspect of this discussion? Who came after the apostles, and where does it say that we must follow the bishops? (Was it Saint Ignatius who said something along the lines of, "Wherever the bishop is, Christ is"?)

 on: Today at 10:58:46 AM 
Started by TristanCross - Last post by Paisius
I would say that anyone who believes that God is going to send someone to hell because they can't or won't accept Orthodoxy has a very skewed conception of who God is. The problem comes in when heterodox groups teach varying degrees of sometimes grave error it makes it more difficult for someone to be saved. I would also point out that anytime the Gospels talk about belief that necessarily includes action. What we believe is what we do and what we do is what we believe. To give one of the more heinous examples take the teaching of double predestination. Believing that way could easily cause someone to behave very judgmentally and unmercifully. That is what separates you from God. Now of course there are plenty of judgmental and unmerciful Orthodox Christians, people are people after all, but it is not encouraged by the belief system. That is why it is far better to be Orthodox. The Church has the truth, the correct conception of God, the full grace of the sacraments and the living experience of communion with God. Any heterodox group is going to lack those things to one degree or another. Yes you can float to safety on a life raft but it's far better to be on the Ark.  Smiley

 on: Today at 10:58:31 AM 
Started by Ilwain - Last post by Mor Ephrem
Thank you for replying, but let me rephrase my first question: Is it 'Orthodox' doctrine that the eating of the bread and wine of the Eucharist - the 'body' and 'blood' of Christ, Matt.26:26-28 - is effective to the saving of the body, so that it can be raised incorruptible?

What does that mean?

 on: Today at 10:57:45 AM 
Started by JamesR - Last post by vamrat
You're about 1000x more likely to drive a car into a fiery explosive death involving more people than yourself, than you are to accidentally discharge your firearm. Yet you can drive when you're 16 but not own a gun until 18/21? Anti-gun hysteria makes no sense.

OP: I would suggest a pre-1964 Winchester. Is not outrage, was used in 19th century Russia : Grin

I would too, if money were not an issue!

 on: Today at 10:54:05 AM 
Started by Heorot - Last post by Papist

What makes you think that?

The fact that God loves all people, regardless of whether or not they were or were not born to a married couple.

 on: Today at 10:53:47 AM 
Started by kelly - Last post by Fabio Leite

Refectory on a Greek Monastery (Mount Athos)
Theodore Ralli ( Θεόδωρος Ράλλης )

 on: Today at 10:36:29 AM 
Started by wainscottbl - Last post by podkarpatska
That's a nice text I read: http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2013/10/halloween-orthodox-christian-perspective.html

You are the one, who decides if Halloween is good or bad, because you are the one, who will do something on Halloween. The dangers of doing something bad are always there. Just going out and having fun with your neighbours won't be sinful. Wink

Oh dear. We simply can't have common sense here!  Wink

More common sense from John Sanidopolous here: Ten Things I Won't Do on Halloween.

 on: Today at 10:34:06 AM 
Started by Sean Chaney - Last post by minasoliman
Far from accepting such images, the Church has repeatedly condemned them.

You have yet to prove that. You only offered opinion, not fact.  Stop acting like you speak for the church. Be more accurate in your presentation.

Has anyone "seen" the Holy Spirit?

 on: Today at 10:26:12 AM 
Started by theorthodoxchurch - Last post by Antonious Nikolas
I suspected as much. I see no reason not to rejoice in these people coming to the Church. This is not some group of disgruntled anti-Catholics, they are following their bishop as he leads them pastorally. Praise be to God!

Amen.  I agree with you as it pertains to these particular cases in Guatemala, but I do think that DCB made some excellent points as it pertains to how we tend to do things here in the States.

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