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Religious Topics / Re: Non-biblical evidence
« Last post by xariskai on Today at 02:46:39 AM »
Sorry for the late response xariskai
No apologies necessary; from your worst I could learn better habits than my own.  8) 
Religious Topics / Re: Women’s Headcoverings
« Last post by NicholasMyra on Today at 02:37:54 AM »
There are bans on eunuchs, or men who have been mutilated in some way
The Ecumenical canon overrides this unless the mutilation was done by the mutilated.
Reviews / Re: What movies are you watching?
« Last post by hecma925 on Today at 02:34:56 AM »
^Eww.  That is torture.  No, wait.  Just a waste of time.  Hopefully, there was beer.
LOL this was from a recommendation my sister gave me, she loves both. I saw Babel when it came out and didn't like it, I know what the movie was trying to do but ultimately it just wasn't very interesting.

Never saw Crash, another movie that didn't interest me.
Crash was good, IMO.
Never saw Babel, so I gather it's not worth it?

If you thought Crash was good, then you may like Babel.  I don't like movies that try too hard in their message.
I have to be honest, I don't know why anyone would wear this stuff, but... I guess this is pretty stupid. I just wonder why the mall cared so much.

If you were an Armenian rapper, what would you wear?
Other Topics / Re: W.A.G.-word association game
« Last post by hecma925 on Today at 02:22:38 AM »
Faith Issues / Re: A Short-Term Visit to a Monastery
« Last post by hecma925 on Today at 02:20:45 AM »
A shame that Holy Rood monastery (ROCOR Western Rite) closed due to the Abbot David's death last year.  He was a very kind man.  It was in Jacksonville.

Do you currently attend an Orthodox parish?  St. Justin Martyr parish (OCA) in Jacksonville was the first EO parish I ever visited.  Fr. Ted and the whole parish is very nice.

As far as Catholic monasteries that would be convenient to you:

St. Joseph Monastery (Discalced Carmelite Fathers) -
141 Carmelite Drive
Bunnell, Florida 32110
(386) 437-2910‎

Augustinian Monks of the Primitive Observance
2075 Mercers Fernery Road
Deland, Florida 32720
(386) 736-4321

Saint Leo Benedictine Abby
33601 Florida SR 52
Saint Leo, Florida 33574
(352) 588-8624‎

Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Trappist)
2625 Georgia Hwy 212
Conyers, Georgia 30094
(770) 483-8705

Same thing as Gunnar wrote, talk with someone at the respective monasteries to discuss if you can stay, for how long, and what you'd be able to do.  Again, typically it's free to stay a few days (it would be good to donate something to defray the costs), but for long-term guests (and those discerning a vocation), be ready and willing to work.
Other Topics / Re: W.A.G.-word association game
« Last post by Maria on Today at 02:12:18 AM »
I agree that it's not a good understanding of the Atonement, I just think it's better than Jesus satisfying the Father's desire to fry us all.

In Mere Christianity, Lewis actually advocates Recapitulation. It's too bad he didn't work it into Narnia. It might have had a good influence on two generations of Westerners.

I just don't think creation was ever in balance. From what seems moment one, nothing goes well. And if we are to consider the traditional understanding of the Abrhamic religions of God, he authored creation knowing full well its imbalanced state.

So I cant believe that God died in order to bring back into balance what never was. And in case you didn't see the news ever, check it out. In the wake of God's  death I don't see anyone claiming, outside the most narcissistic of newage and buddhist circles,  that there is some balance in the world.

I think balance is just a bad notion to bring into any understanding of God's relationship with creation.

God is the author and origin of all. Even after this age passes, will the countless persons suffering eternal damnation be an entry in the cosmic journal to maintain balance?

I suppose it's ultimately impossible for us to know if things would be worse if Christ had never Incarnated. I think it's reasonable to surmise though that if evil never existed, we wouldn't appreciate what He went through as much. Obviously your mileage may vary as to whether or not that makes it all worth it.

I'm also still not sure if the beauty of this universe could have existed without most forms of natural evil. But that may not be a good enough reason either. I hope to God that in my thinking on this I've not become hard hearted and complacent.

If everyone will ultimately be in the presence of God with hellfire only existing in the eye of the beholder, then I suppose that really is technically a form of balance. What it also implies to me though is that a person who did the best with the light they had and truly loved their neighbor will not suffer much at all, and certainly far less than the robber barons and bishops of this world.
I have to be honest, I don't know why anyone would wear this stuff, but... I guess this is pretty stupid. I just wonder why the mall cared so much.
Other Topics / Re: W.A.G.-word association game
« Last post by PeterTheAleut on Today at 02:00:53 AM »
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