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 71 
 on: Yesterday at 11:39:27 PM 
Started by Osterloh - Last post by Ekdikos
Sola Scriptura is extrascriptural teaching. Besides, you did not answer me.
I know about Scriptures, I just dont know why should I believe your interpretation of it
... I am quite happy with way Orthodox Church interpret Scriptures.
By the way who are you? Group who claim to understand better than us book we preserved,
co(ected and wrote? Your claims dont strike me as genuine.

I thought Sola Scriptura meant Only Scripture ... Oh, well, wrong again!

There are different levels of Scriptural and spiritual understanding.
And IMO God has something to do with that.

Would you like to challenge me on a particular passage of Scripture?
Are you curious as to what my interpretion would be?

Sola Scriptura does mean only Scripture, just where in Holy Scriptures you can find that false teaching?
Also, you run in concentric circles, we allready heard evangelical claims,  they never left any impression... Why should I chalenge you on some verse? You obviously stick to what you want to be true, no matter how wrong it could be from context.

 72 
 on: Yesterday at 11:39:25 PM 
Started by minasoliman - Last post by minasoliman
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What is it about the faces on these pages that we find so intriguing? Is it simply that their features disrupt our expectations, that we’re not used to seeing those eyes with that hair, that nose above those lips? Our responses can range from the armchair anthropologist’s benign desire to unravel ancestries and find common ground to active revulsion at group boundaries being violated or, in the language of racist days past, “watered down.”

Out in the world, the more curious (or less polite) among us might approach, asking, “Where are you from?” or “What are you?” We look and wonder because what we see—and our curiosity—speaks volumes about our country’s past, its present, and the promise and peril of its future.

source: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/changing-faces/funderburg-text?rptregcta=reg_free_np&rptregcampaign=20131016_rw_membership_r1p_us_se_w

Some other photos here:

http://www.rediscoverit.net/what-will-the-population-look-like-in-2050-one-word-beautiful-see-for-yourself/?utm_source=ob&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=What-Will-The-Population-Look-Like-In-20

 73 
 on: Yesterday at 11:39:15 PM 
Started by Raylight - Last post by WPM
The Eternal City of Jersualem as come down from Heaven.

 74 
 on: Yesterday at 11:35:48 PM 
Started by Godspell - Last post by NicholasMyra
Jerusalem didn't maliciously destroy its prophets?

 75 
 on: Yesterday at 11:29:03 PM 
Started by mike - Last post by Nephi
And the Child looks like he's about to burst into tears: Mama! Please don't jab me!

FWIW, I thought it kind of looked like he's about to sneeze.

 76 
 on: Yesterday at 11:26:01 PM 
Started by Raylight - Last post by minasoliman
Then there's this certain time of the month...
Confession anybody?

What about the unclean time and the Eucharist - handling of the Eucharist - etc.? (question on how that would apply to Eastern Orthodoxy as "many" women do not partake in communion during this)

That's not a good excuse.  The Didascalia Apostolorum rejects this idea that periods should prevent one from partaking of the Eucharist.  It's a later development of pious symbolic practice from some church fathers, but time and again, when delved deeply, it is not a necessary rule.

 77 
 on: Yesterday at 11:15:07 PM 
Started by Osterloh - Last post by minasoliman
Retracted because I barely read any of it

I wouldn't necessarily say you're wrong in denying the Church--I have problems with it too--I'd simply say that you're denying it for the wrong reasons. All in all, tbh, you won't get many reasonable responses here. My advice to you is either visit a real Orthodox parish and avoid internet Orthodoxy at all costs or simply stay where you are. Going to the internet first will most likely make things worse.


That's a lot coming from you.  Considering you're part of that internetodoxy.

You think this place is bad? You should see the various Orthodox Facebook groups. Seeing Protestant converts who've been Orthodox for only 6 months studying the Philakolia and consulting Canon law for spiritual advice is quite disturbing.

But yeah, Internet-o-doxy isn't good for converts. At least wait until you become a burnt out, crusty old 2+ year Orthodox convert before consulting the internet.

Actually I don't think this place is bad.  I like this place.  Otherwise, I wouldn't be a moderator.  Sometimes there are some people here who like to take advantage of the rules to make this a bad place, and then we as mods get blamed for it.  I hope you James can continue to help make this site a better place, and be a little careful with what you post.  Don't imitate others, even if you like them and they helped you.  Rather, develop your own Christian character, worthy of the Father to say, "This is my beloved Son, James, in whom I am well pleased."

 78 
 on: Yesterday at 11:11:25 PM 
Started by Marat - Last post by Gebre Menfes Kidus
Gebre, your kids look tall!

They are growing so fast! Crazy.


Selam

 79 
 on: Yesterday at 11:10:23 PM 
Started by Osterloh - Last post by podkarpatska
Retracted because I barely read any of it

I wouldn't necessarily say you're wrong in denying the Church--I have problems with it too--I'd simply say that you're denying it for the wrong reasons. All in all, tbh, you won't get many reasonable responses here. My advice to you is either visit a real Orthodox parish and avoid internet Orthodoxy at all costs or simply stay where you are. Going to the internet first will most likely make things worse.


That's a lot coming from you.  Considering you're part of that internetodoxy.

You think this place is bad? You should see the various Orthodox Facebook groups. Seeing Protestant converts who've been Orthodox for only 6 months studying the Philakolia and consulting Canon law for spiritual advice is quite disturbing.

But yeah, Internet-o-doxy isn't good for converts. At least wait until you become a burnt out, crusty old 2+ year Orthodox convert before consulting the internet.

Most of the effective, sincere and hard working Orthodox clergy (including Bishops) I have been honored to know over the decades would extend James' comment regarding consulting the Philokalia and Canon law to most of the faithful - including their peers - not just to recent converts. Wink

 80 
 on: Yesterday at 11:07:55 PM 
Started by Raylight - Last post by minasoliman
The city of Jerusalem is no longer a physical city that one can venerate (and frankly, I feel it is not really worthy of veneration given its poor state today), but rather, the city of heavenly Jerusalem is that which resides in our hearts.  True Jerusalem is that of the paradise one lives as a Christian.

"Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem." (Psalm 51)

When I think of these two words, Zion and Jerusalem, I think of my soul and heart.  Zion and Jerusalem represents the Church and its altar.

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