2. If anyone criticize adversely a person eating meat with reverence and faith, as though he had no hope of partaking, let him be anathema.
I think this proves the point I was trying to make.
Sounds like you think God wants you to be living in comfort and enjoyment, and killing your enemies...
That sounds VERY secular...
Well, you've an EXCELLENT job taking my post out of context. As Lubeltri stated:
A couple nights ago I spent a relaxing evening reclining in a comfy pub by a roaring fire and sipping a heavenly draught pint of Belhaven. And I was thinking about how much the Lord has graced me. What a blessing! I could not be more thankful. I was at peace.
This is certainly not
sinful, and it was this context I was trying to get across in my first post. If God has given one the privilege to live in comfort, and one is thankful for it, there is nothing wrong.
You condemn others for sins of gluttony, yet are quite sanctimonious yourself.
As for killing enemies to protect others (not grudge killings):
If it was truly heinous in all times, then Orthodoxy would not permit its members to serve in the military, let along pray for their safe return in the liturgy.