Sorry, I dont buy pascal's wager...If God were as sadistic and cold as you suggest, and even if I knew with absolute certainty that this was the case, I'd simply give him the two fingers (or palm of the hand, or middle finger, or sole of the shoe, or whatever your culture believes in a offensive gesture) and be done with it.Absolutely shocking and sad commentary. Truely shocking words.
'Far better it is to have a stout heart always and suffer one's share of evils, than to be ever fearing what may happen and never incur a mischance.' -- Herodotus
How does this person figure into orthodox christianity?
I do not believe he was an Orthodox Christian. So excusement if I ignor his points of view.
I have a hard time agreeing with the thoughts of pagans such as Herodotus no matter how logical or smart they may be.
That's my personnel choice.
It seems that if one orthodox person find it OK to quote the thinking of a pagan or heretic than another should also be allowed to quote the thoughts of Isamic or devil worshippers ( in example) if he feels (somehow) that quoting from such will underline his point during the discourse or discussion on an orthodox subject or condition. Who is to say one is worse than the other?
The virtues of orthodoxy can be confused in such chaos.
We must enrich our discourses and concerns small are large with the beauty of our true faith which comes down to us from our holy fathers. Even if we are in disagreement. Or angry.
Without this we can not be sure that the faith of our fathers is being raised and expoounded upon to increase the faith of the beleivers of the Holy Church. (That is why we are all posting on this forum right?). for me the answer is yes. I have no other purpose when posting on this forum but to try and learn or share the Orthodox teaching, its beauty and faith so that we can live more truely orthodox lives; which of course is preparing for eternity while we live.
Anything else is glib useless talk. Which benefits knowone. This equates to 'idle' chatter. The lord hates such useless speaking and has rendered it "sinful".
So I recommend that orthodox stick with ONLY Orthodox Christian thinkers particularly when the subject or the condition is orthodox in nature and or intent such as this website and forum.
This thread is questioning the "orthodoxy" of this site. Quoting Herodotus may just prove out why this thread was started in the first place.
No offense but I am compelled to ask your orthodox affilliation and background?
Are you a recent convert to the Holy Church? or were you raised up in the Holy Church?
Please email me directly so as not to disturb this thread.
May the Lord protect you and all of us making us a likeness of Himself placing us far away from the matters of this destitute and condemed world.
We wait on the Lord
Fr. Deacon Amde Tsion