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Faith Issues / Re: Christian Mysticism
« Last post by ergro on Today at 07:39:37 AM »
A book that I'd recommend on the subject is Lossky's Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church.

It's an excellent book, but it isn't easy reading.

Ah, but you see, the challenge and reward is exactly what I love so much about Orthodoxy. All of these numerous concepts seem mind-numbingly complicated bizzare at first. But once you begin to get the hang of things, it's jaw-droppingly simple how they all fit into place. I would concur, though, that you should have a pretty good grasp on Orthodox theology before getting into the advanced stuff. OP, if you need any recommendations on that front, I'm very well-equiped (which books that I actually have read, heh).
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Faith Issues / Why am I poor?
« Last post by mikeforjesus on Today at 07:39:31 AM »
I want to be able to give to those in need so I can be saved but I have no money too much emphasis is placed from my father and maybe the priests who say God gives rain to the good and evil and encourage human effort mostly to get money. But do we have enough faith in the bible that God will give us what we need if we seek first the kingdom of God or is that ridiculus as maybe even my dad thinks. Is not our job to meditate on the scripture and get close to the church and God will bless us? Jesus said do not labor for the food that perishes but for the food that endures to everlasting life which the Son of Man will give you because God the Father has set His seal on Him. Does that mean He wanted the focus of our efforts to be on Him and He will show us work to do to provide for our needs as He said delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart? or He will make the work easy. Will He give us more business ideas and renew our strength to implement it so we prosper?
Do we believe God takes care of us like He did the Jews to set us apart?
God does give rain to the good and evil He provides for all but He blesses the righteous and those who seek first the kingdom with money to share
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Convert Issues / Re: Marian names for males?
« Last post by juliogb on Today at 07:36:46 AM »
José María Aznar, spanish former prime minister
Klaus Maria Brandauer, austrian actor and filmmaker
Erich Maria Remarque, german writer (his real name was Erich Paul Remark).
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Convert Issues / Re: Marian names for males?
« Last post by Cyrillic on Today at 07:34:05 AM »
My dad when he was not born yet his parents thought they would be getting a baby girl so they registered him as Maria, but once they found out, they went to registration and changed his name to Marinus ;D

Catholics, who tend to have a lot of middle names, occasionally have Maria as one of them, even when they're male. They're rarely called Maria, of course.

Maria in middle name or also first name?

No man's roepnaam is 'Maria', afaik.
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Convert Issues / Re: Marian names for males?
« Last post by Echa on Today at 07:32:55 AM »
My dad when he was not born yet his parents thought they would be getting a baby girl so they registered him as Maria, but once they found out, they went to registration and changed his name to Marinus ;D

Catholics, who tend to have a lot of middle names, occasionally have Maria as one of them, even when they're male. They're rarely called Maria, of course.

Maria in middle name or also first name?
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Religious Topics / Re: So we shouldn't judge at all.
« Last post by Joha on Today at 07:24:42 AM »
Very true Joha, caring for someone's soul and gently hoping to guide them to Christ while still seeing the good in them is love, but condemning them, separating yourselves from them, seeing them below you etc, is not good.

Thank you for giving what I said better words :)
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Other Topics / Re: Orthodoxy in art
« Last post by Cyrillic on Today at 07:23:22 AM »
Rumanian Children Bringing Water To Be Blessed In The Greek Church - Marianne Stokes


Is Rumanian holy water not holy enough?

In ye olden days, whenever someone wanted to refer to the Eastern Orthodox Church, he called it the "Greek Church". No matter whether 90% of those in the "Greek Church" had never heard a word of Greek in their whole life.

Similarly the Oriental Orthodox were often simply called "Jacobites" - not to be confused with the supporters of the house of Stuart - whether they were under the Syriac patriarch or not.
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Other Topics / Re: Orthodoxy in art
« Last post by Mor Ephrem on Today at 07:20:09 AM »
Rumanian Children Bringing Water To Be Blessed In The Greek Church - Marianne Stokes


Is Rumanian holy water not holy enough?
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Religious Topics / Re: So we shouldn't judge at all.
« Last post by Alxandra on Today at 07:15:58 AM »
Very true Joha, caring for someone's soul and gently hoping to guide them to Christ while still seeing the good in them is love, but condemning them, separating yourselves from them, seeing them below you etc, is not good.
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Faith Issues / Re: Christian Mysticism
« Last post by Cyrillic on Today at 07:13:37 AM »
A book that I'd recommend on the subject is Lossky's Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church.

It's an excellent book, but it isn't easy reading.
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