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Life for all the Copts and freedom for all Egyptian.

God have mercy
Oriental Orthodox Discussion / Re: Why don't the OO accept Chalcedon
« Last post by Ainnir on Yesterday at 09:30:41 PM »
We seriously need a FAQ section for OOs.

Yes, that would be useful.  :)  Likely a lot of work, though.
Faith Issues / Re: How to make Mary, The Mother of Jesus happy?
« Last post by Asteriktos on Yesterday at 09:09:03 PM »
I think if you try to do what's goodly things'll fall into place.
Other Topics / Re: Dating question. Not sure where to post this.
« Last post by Porter ODoran on Yesterday at 09:08:09 PM »
Natural life is not depressing either. The Curse let conscience and suffering into the world, but left man capable of hard work and resilience. Few have felt compelled into depression by a world that's not always Paradise. Contemporary living in highly-contrived soul-sickening environments is what has led to widespread depression, and there are fairly easy ways out of that as long as one is not too obsessive or defiant.
Prayer Forum / Re: I would like your prayers :)
« Last post by Ainnir on Yesterday at 09:02:47 PM »
Lord, have mercy!
Faith Issues / Re: Reception of Ecumenical Councils
« Last post by Asteriktos on Yesterday at 09:02:36 PM »
I provided a passage that summarizes.
Prayer Forum / Re: Pray for a friend
« Last post by Ainnir on Yesterday at 09:01:58 PM »
Lord have mercy!   :'(
I recently finished reading the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and I would like to retract all the bad things I ever said about Harry Potter.  If I offended anyone, I ask for forgiveness.

A friend of mine told me that J.K. Rowling's depiction of Harry Potter was similar to Neil Gaiman's depiction of a boy wizard; hence, I won't be reading the rest of the books in the Harry Potter series.  Regardless, I enjoyed reading the first book, like reading Bewitched.

I enjoyed the series myself.  Read all the books during the summer of 2010.  Order of the Phoenix (book 5) was particularly difficult to get through (Dolores Umbridge was a true witch) but I agree with Arachne you should really read the entire series. 
Faith Issues / Re: Reception of Ecumenical Councils
« Last post by Porter ODoran on Yesterday at 09:00:00 PM »
"It may be said at the outset that the notions of an intrinsic conciliar authority were incompletely developed even by A.D. 451, the ideas of divine guidance, representation, and reception by the whole Church all being current but ill-defined and scarcely related to each other in a precise enough form to provide a doctrine of authority."

The circumstantial and internal evidence doesn't support such a dismissive thesis. Namely: What were hierarchs meeting in council for? And what of the claims the resulting documents made?

So much for the estimation the Church had of councils contemporaneously. What of the esteem in which the Church throughout intervening years has held the old councils? Reducing the Church to 500 of her 2000 years is sophistical.

Your quote implies much while seeking to hide behind terms of vague over-caution.
Other Topics / Re: Dating question. Not sure where to post this.
« Last post by Ainnir on Yesterday at 08:59:58 PM »
So is life; that's the point of grace, no?  I personally hope so, anyway.

Wait. Life is depressing? Grace is depressing? Grace makes life depressing?

Life is not depressing and not supposed to be, and grace is the aspect of God that showers all with gifts and his children with favor (his joy in them). But I'm curious what you really meant.

 :D No grace is not depressing.  It's the remedy for a depressingly broken life (we live in a fallen world, remember?).  Life in Christ might not be depressing, but that's not really what I was referring to--more like our temporal existence is depressing.  I'm sorry I wasn't clearer the first time.

And I agree with Vlad, only qualify love.  Think Christ and the Church instead of Hollywood.  OP's situation surely can work out favorably with a Christlike love, if both are fully willing to be guided by it.  That's sort of the catch in his situation, and why I think Vlad is counseling friendship and discourse instead of dating.
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