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Religious Topics / Re: Using Marijuana (weed)?
« Last post by mcarmichael on Yesterday at 10:26:11 PM »
I really couldn't see why it would be wrong to use marijuana medically, and I favour its legalisation in my country even for recreational uses for practical reasons, but smoking weed seems to fall way off the WWJD spectrum. As using morphine, hydrocodone or sleep pills recreatively would.

Maybe it's easier if you're a recovering alcoholic?
Faith Issues / I'm back...
« Last post by xOrthodox4Christx on Yesterday at 10:22:45 PM »
I've realize that I've made a mistake in rejecting Orthodoxy. Not entirely a mistake, just one fundamental error. First, I am very glad I rejected Orthodoxy for a time. It's important to grow and learn new things, to constantly change one's mind and experience new things. I think life would be hollow and meaningless without experiencing different paths, roads and ways of thinking. So, in that sense I am glad that I rejected Orthodoxy.

On the other hand, I made a fundamental error. While I still hold that empirically, it's likely that the Universe was not created by a god, and that he probably doesn't exist, and that he doesn't interfere in the natural world. Once I read Kierkegaard, I realized that the mystery of faith is separate and distinct from intellectual maneuvering, and I realized that I might need the mystery of faith. I personally, might need to believe in the mystery of faith in order to live a meaningful life, whatever that means in our seemingly meaningless human condition.

And that's why I've returned to the forum and have considered returning to the Church.

I do have some problems however, such as my social views being contrary to the Church's. my misgivings about god and the supernatural, and that I don't really trust the Orthodox Church's claim to be the "pillar and foundation of the truth" anymore.

I think the Orthodox Church is the most correct and most ancient of the existing Churches, but I cannot bring myself to believe with absolute certainty that it is the true Church period, or that it's doctrine was always believed by Christians and Christianity in all times and places. I believe it developed historically, and I also believe that the primitive Church was a lot more deceptive and corrupt than the modern Orthodox Church, and so I have misgivings about the veracity of primitive proto-orthodox theology.

So, what advice do you have for me? I am not as immature as I was before, I'm just someone who realizes that my place in the world is so insignificant that I might want faith, I might require faith and I'm willing to try faith again. There's no other religion that I would turn to apart from the Orthodox Church to find faith again, thus why I have returned.
Faith Issues / Re: Did John the Baptist really eat locusts?
« Last post by mcarmichael on Yesterday at 10:06:39 PM »
What?? Off course it was a plant. Someone who didn't even eat bread to live on meat?

Which locust are you talking about here? I was curious how they qualify, canonically.
Prayer Forum / Re: Please pray for a child who died in a house fire.
« Last post by marigold on Yesterday at 10:05:34 PM »
Lord, receive Your child; and have mercy on the family.
Other Topics / Re: The Things that Cheer You Up
« Last post by mcarmichael on Yesterday at 10:02:32 PM »
I don't think I have much to add to what's been said,

but just in case you want to get a bit more into your question these Fr. Hopko talks entered my mind:    (this is the final of a three part reflection, you can link
to the other two from that page if you wish)

Thank you.   :)
Technical Help / Re: Formatting
« Last post by Asteriktos on Yesterday at 09:58:25 PM »

I own this book, and the front cover says it is for people who are "in any way involved with words," but so far I have not found mentioned, nor an answer that specifically addresses the problems described in this thread. More updates will be forthcoming.
Reviews / Re: What is everyone reading?
« Last post by Gamliel on Yesterday at 09:48:57 PM »
Acts: An Exegetical Commentary: Introduction and 1:1-2:47 / Craig S. Keener.
Faith Issues / Re: What penance should I expect in Confession?
« Last post by biro on Yesterday at 09:43:36 PM »
Has anyone here ever got any penance during confession?

Reviews / Re: What is everyone reading?
« Last post by biro on Yesterday at 09:40:34 PM »
"Bard's Oath," Joanne Bertin.
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