« Last post by Czar Lazar on Today at 12:14:45 AM »
^ My thoughts
Either Jesus is right and the Church is right and everything else is bull crap or it isn't.
The Church Fathers didn't mince words on what they thought was right and even to this day the ones that are declared saints in recent memory don't mince words either. This is not an ancient phenomenon, it is a holy one.
We need to be straight-forward, but not necessarily use the same rhetoric. Times have changed. The rhetoric is today associated with the actions attached to them. Back then, it was not. St. John Chrysostom was very clear of the spiritual nature of the rhetoric, and that to "hate" was to hate not the person, but the demons who are causing the person to do this. This same rhetoric has been misused and abused later as an incitement to violence, and I think we should learn from this and avoid it. If "meat" causes a brother to offend, we shouldn't eat it. We can teach the same condemnations St. John Chrysostom taught in a way translated into the sensibilities of time today.
I disagree. Time are not that changed in this regard.
We should take the lesson of the Holy Fathers.
Stand against evil and make our stand clear.