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Faith Issues / Re: Orthodoxy and Evil.
« Last post by Svartzorn on Today at 12:59:04 PM »
I - God doesn't create evil and never has. Evil is an abhorrence, a negative, a distortion of God's creation, which is essentially good.
Darkness is a negative of light.
Evil is a distortion of good.
We have forsaken God's creation, which was made for us, through our disobedience. We're the ones who did it by the council of Satan, might as well just live with it. Hence the dangers of a decayed nature... like mosquitoes  :P

II - Why think about all the evils of the wars? We should be compassionate and we can always do something: we can pray.
But I don't think we should start taking action about things we can't do nothing to change. I'd rather think about the evils I can remedy.
We're not superheroes who are gonna save the world from evildoers and wars. But we can help our everyday folks by living a christian life.
It's weird but I always remember this episode of Rurouni Kenshin (yes, I went there) in which he's invited by this government big shot to a high rank in the army. Kenshin declines and the guy says the times are changed, that he won't be able to protect people with "just one sword".
The answer he gives is the following: "Even if it's only the handful of people I happen to meet on the street or in my home, I can still protect them with one sword".
And I think that's precisely what we should do instead of trying to fix the world.
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Prayer Forum / Re: Memory eternal, Father Eusebius Stephanou
« Last post by biro on Today at 12:57:49 PM »
Memory eternal.
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Faith Issues / Re: God the Father in Iconography
« Last post by Iconodule on Today at 12:53:06 PM »
Debates have been raging about this topic for a while (both on and offline) so the homework has been done already.
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Faith Issues / Re: God the Father in Iconography
« Last post by RaphaCam on Today at 12:49:18 PM »
It's awfully hard to find unknown Patristic texts by particular subjects on Google, CCEL, New Advent or whatever, though. Some foreknowledge, at least superficial, is needed (unless he's taking it all from essays of skilled scholars).
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Faith Issues / Re: Orthodoxy and Evil.
« Last post by Alkis on Today at 12:42:54 PM »
God doesn't create evil. Most translations say in Isaiah 45:7 that He creates calamity, not evil.

As a Greek Orthodox I use the Septuagint in Koine Greek the official language. It says darkness "σκότος" in greek.
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Didn't know quite where else to post this!

I've noticed of course that the Orthodox say, 'Lord have mercy' in response to a huge variety of prayers. In particular, this seems to be a good response even to prayers that express thanks, and those that express anger. Initially I thought that asking God to have mercy primarily assumed that the recipient of the prayer was more than usually guilty! So I wondered, what is the reason behind this expression? Is it simply that we all need mercy? And are expressions like those I was brought up with (eg. 'God be with you') considered wrong, or less correct?

I know this sounds like a trivial thread - I am really interested in praxis not belief, but don't feel you can't bring the heavy faith issues if they are relevant here. I want to know what you all think.

Thanks all,

Liz

This prayer is very short and it calls God to see us and help us in the moment, but this two prayers was said by me and they was one time each of them heard and acted by God:
Lord have mercy
and
Please Lord help us.
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4. This question may be moot in light of no. 3, but were any older Antiochian parishes built with organs, and are these instruments still used or allowed to be used?



My parish does have an organ which is still located in the choir loft.  It has not been played in decades and I'm not sure it even still works.  It is a beast to move so it has sat in the same place collecting dust for all these years.  As far as I know, before there were some chanters at the church (not until the late 80s), the organ was used but I don't know how often during Liturgy (Vespers and Orthros were not yet part of the set schedule of services).
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Asmatic*. An asthmatic office is something I would not want to hear.


 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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Is it okay for an Orthodox Christian to go to a Christian Rock worship service with their Protestant friends, once in a while, as long as it's not in place of Orthodox services, and as long as they don't take Communion there?

I wouldn't. If you want music, try a concert separate from a service.
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Is it okay for an Orthodox Christian to go to a Christian Rock worship service with their Protestant friends, once in a while, as long as it's not in place of Orthodox services, and as long as they don't take Communion there?
Why?
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