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Religious Topics / Re: Why I don't believe in God anymore.
« Last post by Alveus Lacuna on Today at 02:17:47 PM »
I would expect from an all-knowing, powerful, and just God to do much better than the Bible or the Quran, to bring laws and moral codes that humans could never imagine, laws and morals that would not allow for hundreds of interpretations.

So since you cannot have this fantasy, then you are done with God altogether. Yet all your problems remain. Specifically, there remains a history of mankind and its destructive deeds. Further, there remain many interpretations of history and of the present (and, yes, such deeds persist in the present; progressivism demurs, but the daily news confutes it). You are convinced of your own interpretation, your own morals, but you have nothing but yourself to back them; for, altho I am sure you have likeminded friends, you have no control over whether they continue to agree with you. And were you to attempt to assert such control, you'd find yourself appealing to something bigger than yourself; and were to you to attempt to assert such control in any large way, you'd find yourself faced with a need for destructive deeds in some measure. You have got rid of God, but you have not got rid of mankind in which everything to which you object factually inheres. In your mystic rage at God, you have still the problem and the problem is man which is yourself.

Well said.

Seconded.
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Religious Topics / Re: Why I don't believe in God anymore.
« Last post by Iconodule on Today at 02:12:50 PM »
I would expect from an all-knowing, powerful, and just God to do much better than the Bible or the Quran, to bring laws and moral codes that humans could never imagine, laws and morals that would not allow for hundreds of interpretations.

So since you cannot have this fantasy, then you are done with God altogether. Yet all your problems remain. Specifically, there remains a history of mankind and its destructive deeds. Further, there remain many interpretations of history and of the present (and, yes, such deeds persist in the present; progressivism demurs, but the daily news confutes it). You are convinced of your own interpretation, your own morals, but you have nothing but yourself to back them; for, altho I am sure you have likeminded friends, you have no control over whether they continue to agree with you. And were you to attempt to assert such control, you'd find yourself appealing to something bigger than yourself; and were to you to attempt to assert such control in any large way, you'd find yourself faced with a need for destructive deeds in some measure. You have got rid of God, but you have not got rid of mankind in which everything to which you object factually inheres. In your mystic rage at God, you have still the problem and the problem is man which is yourself.

Well said.
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Faith Issues / Re: Orthodox commentary on Mat 7.13f
« Last post by Porter ODoran on Today at 02:12:46 PM »
A homily by Chysostom that addresses this passage: http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/200123.htm

I have St Theophylact's commentary at home; he relies heavily on Chrysostom, but I'll mention if he says anything different.

Wow this is powerful. Thank you friend.
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Faith Issues / Re: Orthodox commentary on Mat 7.13f
« Last post by Iconodule on Today at 02:10:59 PM »
A homily by Chysostom that addresses this passage: http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/200123.htm

I have St Theophylact's commentary at home; he relies heavily on Chrysostom, but I'll mention if he says anything different.
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Still not seeing any support for this very sketchy report. Again, her linked source in the article says nothing like this, and her chart has no source ("meta-chart.com" is just the software with which she made it).
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Bl. Theodoret's Biblical commentaries are still valued among Russian biblicists. Consider that "substance" in English is etymologically hypo-stasis in Greek, and is used that way several times in the Bible. It makes sense to me that if Theodoret was saying two hypostases before Chalcedon, he likely meant two substances.

If Bible commentaries is all it takes to appreciate someone, let’s also called Theodore of Mopsuestia and Eusebius of Caesarea “Blessed”.

Blessed Origen.  Blessed William Barclay.  Blessed Thompson Chain Reference Bible!

;D
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Faith Issues / Re: Orthodox commentary on Mat 7.13f
« Last post by rakovsky on Today at 02:06:35 PM »
For Orthodox commentaries, I like http://bible.optina.ru/ for ease of use, although it's in Russian. In English, there is the Golden Chain commentary:
http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/e-catena/matthew7.html

Tertullian Against Marcion Book II, writes:
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    But who, when so many incentives to evil were assailing him, would desire that good, which he could despise with impunity? Who, again, would take care of what he could lose without danger? You read bow broad is the road to evil,

The verse doesn't appear to disprove Orthodoxy, since Orthodox writers cite it as authority.
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Religious Topics / Re: Why I don't believe in God anymore.
« Last post by Porter ODoran on Today at 02:05:05 PM »
I would expect from an all-knowing, powerful, and just God to do much better than the Bible or the Quran, to bring laws and moral codes that humans could never imagine, laws and morals that would not allow for hundreds of interpretations.

So since you cannot have this fantasy, then you are done with God altogether. Yet all your problems remain. Specifically, there remains a history of mankind and its destructive deeds. Further, there remain many interpretations of history and of the present (and, yes, such deeds persist in the present; progressivism demurs, but the daily news confutes it). You are convinced of your own interpretation, your own morals, but you have nothing but yourself to back them; for, altho I am sure you have likeminded friends, you have no control over whether they continue to agree with you. And were you to attempt to assert such control, you'd find yourself appealing to something bigger than yourself; and were to you to attempt to assert such control in any large way, you'd find yourself faced with a need for destructive deeds in some measure. You have got rid of God, but you have not got rid of mankind in which everything to which you object factually inheres. In your mystic rage at God, you have still the problem and the problem is man which is yourself.
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The fools can't even spell their Pope's name right.
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Liturgy / Re: New hierarch issues new antimins?!?!?!
« Last post by Deacon Lance on Today at 01:56:20 PM »
In my jurisdiction the old antimensia are returned, the relics removed and placed into the new antimensia, and the old antimensia are then burned or buried.

What if there are delays getting the new antimensia to the parishes?
It hasn’t been a problem although if it was I imagine the bishop would exercise economic and tell the priest to go ahead and celebrate since the altar has been consecrated as well.
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