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Convert Issues / Re: Annoyed with Inconsistency of Orthodoxy?
« Last post by Porter ODoran on Yesterday at 10:57:43 PM »
So, who is right?

The Orthodox Church I go to has a statue on top of the gate. I'm an idolater? Will I go to hell for attending this parish instead of a "more correct" parish?

See, I think this encapsulates a lot of your struggle. Somehow, you seem always to be looking for the trick. But the Church is not for our damnation but for our salvation. If the Church presents you with an icon "in the round," then venerate it with joy. If she holds some important council and removes that icon, then feel gratitude for the safeguard. I am speaking purely hypothetically, and yet these would be two positives, not one the positive and for you to find which as a trick ... This terrible anxiety lest God trick you into damnation must be a painful wound in the soul. The Orthodox Church is an ancient Apostolic church that does its best to work in unity, but this is not the same as to pose in unison. The former is a balm -- "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon" etc. -- the latter a slavery that, I suspect, must lead to just such suspicion as you seem to suffer from. Our very long history of perceiving and handling heresy is renowned, but most of life is not a matter of heresy ...

Now a word on proselytizing with misguided zeal, as some of the resources you first alluded to seem to consist of. Christ speaks of those religious who in their zeal "bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders" and specifically of those who "compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves": "Woe unto you, ye blind guides!" The Church beckons for the healing of the soul, and what instead torments your sincere soul is almost surely not in the spirit of the Church.
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Reviews / Re: What is everyone reading?
« Last post by Porter ODoran on Yesterday at 10:36:56 PM »
A textual history of the King James Bible / David Norton.

Excellent!
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Technical Help / Re: Where do I change the time her on OC.net?
« Last post by Olivia on Yesterday at 10:36:40 PM »
I would, but the only thing I'm allowed to modify on my profile are my password and e-mail. Everything else is off-limits to me.
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Technical Help / Re: Where do I change the time her on OC.net?
« Last post by Asteriktos on Yesterday at 10:21:31 PM »
Click on the 'profile' tab at the top, then in the 'modify profile' pulldown pick 'look and layout,' and click on 'auto detect' next to the 'time offset' part
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Honestly Rakovsky, you seem to express more concern about about individual bishops rejecting a council than some of the specific documents/teachings that we have issues with. Don’t you find the piece where Theodoret explicitly denied “God the Word suffered in the flesh” multiple times & then theodoret takes it a step further and calls those who confess this apollinarian( aka monophysite heretics)? In theory I could unite with someone who rejects councils for reasons aside from the formulas & definitions they teach. For example if someone accepted the theopaschite formula but rejected Ephesus 431 because one found  it unfair that St.Cyril held this council without waiting for the Antiochian bishops to arrive, than that’s ok.Because I know they are not rejecting the teachings, but they are rejecting the way the council is conducted. But if you accept Ephesus 431 but explicitly reject  “God the Word suffered in the flesh”, than this is a big problem in my view. You agree with this right? "God the Word suffered in the flesh" is correct right?
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Texas woman charged with mailing explosives to Obama, Texas gov.

...Julia Poff, 46, allegedly mailed explosive devices to former President Barack Obama, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Calvin...

Abbott opened the package, according to the court filing, but the device did not explode because he opened it not as intended. If he had opened it correctly, according to the documents, he could have been severely burned or killed.

Authorities were able to trace the devices to Poff using a salad dressing cap used to make one of the devices, and hair from her cats that were in the package...


(so the cat hair probably didn't lead to her so much as prove her involvement. it's a clickbait title, cut me some slack)
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Myanmar Rohingya crisis: Deal to allow return of Muslim refugees

Bangladesh has signed a deal with Myanmar to return hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled a recent army crackdown. A statement from the Bangladesh foreign ministry said displaced people could begin to return within two months...

Aid agencies have raised concerns about the forcible return of the Rohingya unless their safety can be guaranteed...

More than 600,000 have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh...
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Other Topics / Re: Random Postings
« Last post by Asteriktos on Yesterday at 09:57:23 PM »
Whoomp, there what is? ???
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Reviews / Re: What is everyone reading?
« Last post by Luke on Yesterday at 09:35:14 PM »
A textual history of the King James Bible / David Norton.
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Convert Issues / Re: Annoyed with Inconsistency of Orthodoxy?
« Last post by Asteriktos on Yesterday at 09:35:03 PM »
I would certainly agree that having someone experienced to help guide you (in person or at least in direct contact) is much better than not having such a person. The thing is, such people aren't necessarily easy to come by, especially since many such people are most likely living in obscurity. The very things that make them experienced and worthy of giving guidance (humility, thoughtfulness, etc.) also tends to make them less likely to be prominently recognized as such, and less likely to accept such a role even if you ask them to be an adviser. Outside of a monastery, the path most people probably have are that they can read the Scripture and other spiritual materials, and discuss things with friends and clergy. In some things the person would be bound to follow the guidance of the priest (e.g., penances given in confession), but the relationship probably mostly involves advice of a much less binding nature. I can understand hoping to get some help and being told, basically, 'go read a book.' I'm not trying to say that isn't frustrating. There may be a reason for it though--maybe he would not be good for giving what you were asking for, or maybe he thought what he was referencing was infinitely better than his own advice would have been. But, "the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force"--whatever stands in the way, people are called to continue forward.
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