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Faith Issues / Re: Is it harder to be saved as a rich man ?
« Last post by Tzimis on Today at 11:12:09 AM »
   One can be a good pious christian without becoming a monk. That life involves getting married, working to provide for your family. If that choice is made and you somehow become rich from your endeavors. Usually only happens to about 1% of the general population. It would be considered as blessed in that situation. More money for you and your family to live well and also Give alms to help others. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The wise use of excesses can help many and you would become a great roll model.
   If you plan on remaining unmarried than you would be living sinfully. Unless you cant find a proper mate. Than im sure god will understand.
Becoming a Monk is a very hard decision which always requires guidance under an Abbot. Its a life long decision that will affect your whole life. Think long and hard as it isn't for everyone. Those that are called to this are also blessed. If this is the route you choose than good for you. Just know what is required of you. Loss of life in the world.
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Faith Issues / Re: More then one spiritual father/confessor?
« Last post by DeniseDenise on Today at 11:07:17 AM »
Why do you need more than one?

For not being able to reach  my regular spiritual father since that he busy with his daily yoke of shepherding a parish and seminarians at two different locations. His availabilities does not always meets mine. We always run out of time and pressed by our schedules. I do not need more than one, I just need more regularity to help me grow in the Lord. By having more than one spiritual father, I could be able to have counselling when one of them would not be available to give me guidance.

because if you confess one type of sin to one....and another type to another.....neither gets the full picture of where you are, and how to help you.


I thought about that issue, but having more regular counselling over maybe once every 3 to 6 months would not be better? The Holy Mystery of Confession for the forgiveness of my sins would also be more than welcome on a more frequent basis, wouldn't that be better too? I am not looking to conceal information from one's spiritual father or to another, I am just looking to be counselled and relieved from the weight of my sins when the need arise. Keeping the spiritual fathers up to date with my current situation will be of my duty.

Is this thinking totally against the Orthodox teachings/traditions?


I wasn't implying you were trying to hide anything....my answer was more in reply to 'why not?'


I would suggest talking to your main Priest about this, rather than getting info from internet forums.
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Religious Topics / Re: Being gay and Christianity.
« Last post by Indocern on Today at 11:05:27 AM »
If we say that the change comes about through divine grace received through repentance and the Holy Mysteries, yes.  We repent because God provides us with the grace allowing us to recognize our sins and repent of it; 

The idea that anyone can attain such a state of perfection that they no longer require divine grace, was anathematized at the Council of Orange in the ancient period. 

It sounds to me like we are sinners, and we will remain sinners till we die.  Trying to create a hierarchy of sinners or sins seems rather pointless, in that context.

If we was all sinners, then we all must go to hell.
God say: Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Umm.....where did you get the idea that we aren't all sinners?  Paul called himself the chief of sinners.  Is he in hell?

St. Ēlias Mēniatēs say that all born from Adam until today men, women, children, youngster, old people, righteous man and sinners - all will become in one age and in one condition with one difference: of their own deeds.
St. Apostle Paul say that because of his humble, not because he is a sinner.

I'm sorry I 'm just trying to understand ....
So, the opposite of the sinner is the righteous man ?

I translated it so, it says righteous people in the original.

So it makes the righteous man are free from sins.
Who are the righteous men? Are they still alive?
I'm confused

The Bible says that there is no righteous people without sinning at all.
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Faith Issues / Re: More then one spiritual father/confessor?
« Last post by benjohn146 on Today at 11:04:57 AM »
Why do you need more than one?

For not being able to reach  my regular spiritual father since that he busy with his daily yoke of shepherding a parish and seminarians at two different locations. His availabilities does not always meets mine. We always run out of time and pressed by our schedules. I do not need more than one, I just need more regularity to help me grow in the Lord. By having more than one spiritual father, I could be able to have counselling when one of them would not be available to give me guidance.

because if you confess one type of sin to one....and another type to another.....neither gets the full picture of where you are, and how to help you.


I thought about that issue, but having more regular counselling over maybe once every 3 to 6 months would not be better? The Holy Mystery of Confession for the forgiveness of my sins would also be more than welcome on a more frequent basis, wouldn't that be better too? I am not looking to conceal information from one's spiritual father or to another, I am just looking to be counselled and relieved from the weight of my sins when the need arise. Keeping the spiritual fathers up to date with my current situation will be of my duty.

Is this thinking totally against the Orthodox teachings/traditions?
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Religious Topics / Re: Being gay and Christianity.
« Last post by Daedelus1138 on Today at 11:01:06 AM »
my experience with Lutherans is that they are incredibly mean-spirited, kick you when you are down with a smile on their face, even as converts struggling to attain virtue.

One hard core and learned Lutheran who converted to Orthodoxy commented that a major oversight in Lutheranism is that they don't teach people how to train themselves to develop virtue.   

I don't think Lutherans are the perfect church and there are things they could learn from Eastern Orthodoxy for sure.  But at the end of the day, they allow me to attend the church and to hear the Gospel and share in their sacraments.  It's not perfect but I see nowhere else to go. For the hospitality they offer, I am grateful to them.

I haven't met mean Lutherans yet... there are different Lutheran synods in the US with different approaches to the Augsburg Confession and Book of Concord.  I'm mostly familiar with the ELCA, which is a lot like other mainline Protestant churches.

It seems to me Lutherans do teach virtue but they just approach it different from the Orthodox.  Lutherans believe in being good citizens, taking care of their families, and loving their neighbor.  There is no shortage of good works among Lutherans I know. 

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Book Club / Re: Story about CHIUNE SUGIHARA
« Last post by ahmad seraphim on Today at 10:46:20 AM »
Amazing man! Unfortunately Japan church do nothing for him.
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Other Topics / Re: Picture of the Day
« Last post by ahmad seraphim on Today at 10:27:07 AM »
Unbelievable joke
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Convert Issues / Re: My wife wants to convert problem...
« Last post by ahmad seraphim on Today at 10:18:54 AM »
In my humble opinion since GOC and ROC are intercommunion, there is no any problem for you being baptized separately in both.
After being baptized you may take your wife attend ROC.
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Faith Issues / Re: Communion for a Pregnant Woman?
« Last post by ahmad seraphim on Today at 10:11:25 AM »
I'm not into make a new thread about this my curiousity. But since it is about a pregnant women, my curiousity is about women who has menstruation.
Do they also allowed to take communion?

I'm asking it because one of our parishioner, a lady from Russia prohibited my friend who were having menstruation to take communion.

Is it because of 'blood'?

It's a very gentle subject, and if i recall correctly, blocked here on oc.net.
What?  :o
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Convert Issues / Re: My wife wants to convert problem...
« Last post by DeniseDenise on Today at 10:10:41 AM »
I would just tell him that your wife is more comfortable with the English service, and leave it at that. He should still be happy that you are being received into THE CHURCH (because it is the same Church, no matter what might be implied).  thank him for all his help....and once you are both received into the church you can visit there on occasion.
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