Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Please, folks are seriously misunderstanding me here, I am in no way suggesting folks to stop receiving the Communion or to diminish frequent reception, rather I am talking about the Eternality of Grace. Grace is Eternal correct? We are not receiving Grace in increments, God is not partitioned is He? The Divine Nature is not segmented correct? So from a purely theological standpoint, ONCE is enough for Eternity. In this way, continual reception of the Mysteries is as I said rejuvenation, a renewal, a reestablishment in Grace
, but not a new source of Grace implying somehow completely
As far as I know, the fathers within the church see anyone that has not done so without due reason as spiritually sick if not dead.
This is a good explanation, spiritual sick is the correct explanation, but not Eternally. If a Baptized and Communing Christian is somehow separated for a time from the Mysteries, the are indeed sick from the effects of Sin and the fracturing influence of human nature. But this alone should not necessarily be assumed to be able to condemn a person to eternal damnation so much as to suggest that their current life here on earth is in a damnable state of affairs. We would be specific enough to suggest than again that such persons need frequent reception of the Mysteries but not necessarily for the sake of the Eternal souls so much as for the current state of their spiritual health which is in decline. We can't honestly speak of post-Judgment Eternity, that is not really the fathers business so much as God's own matters, rather we are reserved to deal with the temporal matters of the era, of the Church militant. So we should better say then that folks receive the Mysteries for the sake of healing and Theosis in this time, and let the matters of Eternal Life which emanate from our reception of the Mysteries speak for themselves in the due time of their inevitable manifestation in God's Grace.
But the Fathers do not teach us that we cannot lose the grace of Baptism?
They surely teach us that we CAN lose the grace of Baptism and that a life lived without a constant seeking after God, even if a person has been baptised, is no guarantee of salvation?
How is there any need to live the Christian life at all in the model you describe? How is it different to the Protestant 'once saved, always saved'?
I didn't say Baptism alone, I said the Baptism/Chrismation/Holy Communion which at least in the Ethiopian tradition happen to all occur at the same day. The pain and wages of sin in this life are explanation enough as to the overwhelming, perpetual need for our reception of the Divine Mysteries, but this is not the Eternal Life which the Mysteries inherently grant us. Yes, this is the depth of what even the universal fathers teach when they speak of the Mysteries being Divine. A person can surely continue in sin and perhaps risk Grace, but then again the Eternal Grace of God (it being Divine by Nature) has been transmuted upon us in the Mystery, and so in God's Grace He has the Eternal agency to remit any and all sin. Surely we need to continue in this Christian life and continue to receive them, but again, not necessarily for the concept of Eternity, but rather to bring that Eternal Grace into our current, transitional lives. Our Ethiopian tradition is not the Protestant ethos of "saved once" in their interpretations, we are not giving people a free pass to live in Sin, but we are also not revoking God's Grace from good people because of the cirucmstance of calendars. Perhaps I was not clear before, I mean to say that God may give Eternal Life in the Grace of having received the Mysteries even just once, but that the once was enough for this change, where as having never received them at all makes it even more difficult.
If you disagree with model, explain within your own how a person has to continually chase after Grace and crucify our Lord again and again? If folks can indeed lose the Grace of God from the Mysteries, then do good, Baptized, Communion receiving Christians risk the fires of Hell if they happen to die the Tuesday after receiving Sunday Communion but having inadvertedly sinned Monday without yet Confessing or Communing? See this is EXACTLY what many Roman Catholic theologians, both formal and lay, both the regal mindset and that of common parishioner, have incorporated into the concept of Last Rites. It is also why Catholics have even several overlapping Liturgies a day, where as in Orthodox (at least Ethiopian) we prefer to keep it to Sundays and big holidays, there is truly no need to have Liturgy too often, Grace is not a glib or rushing affair, Eternity has forever. In this RC mindset, for some folks to not receive the Mysteries RIGHT before Death they risk losing Grace because of the potentiality of Sin, however the Ethiopian fathers disagree. Much like the doctrines of "Faith of the Parents" which covers an infant before their Baptism proper, our fathers teach that the Eternal Grace of God is immutable from His perspective and prerogative. He does indeed always
have the power to take it way, but surely He also has to power to make it manifest forever. So if folks pass away "in Sin", that is without Confession or recent Communion, none-the-less their last reception may
count forever as much as their first. The key word is of course may
, it is always up to God
to grant Grace, however some theologians argue the opposite direction overemphasizing how much God might not
and in regards to the Sanctifying powers of the Divine Mysteries at least the Ethiopian fathers prefer to give God the benefit of the doubt