I’m an old wanderer; I searched many places religiously until I settled on Orthodoxy. Of all truths of Christianity and in particular, Orthodoxy there is the Great or First Commandment of which Our LORD said on which all of the Law was hung. “While if we were to discuss many topics you would find me to be quite conservative, even reactionary by some peoples summation, I feel that above all else, above all other truths is what the Jews refer to as the Schema, “The first is, Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, The LORD is one; and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mk 12:29-31) St John tells us that these two are really one, in that they are mutually inclusive. If one is to hold to Holy Tradition, or the Deposit of Faith, love is a prerequisite. For as Paul said to the Corinthians, “GÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Âª, but have not love, I am nothing.” It was the early first century Church that was known by Its Love. There can be no Apostolic, or True Church that has not love. And there is no orthodox teaching that doesn’t teach love.
If one looses his Christian Charity in order to defend the Faith, he inherently speaks outside the influence of the Spirit, and instead through his own pride. Are malice and avarice gifts of the Spirit?
While holding true to what we were taught by the Apostles is imperative. Love is the foundation upon which the Faith is established.
I say these things in the manner in which I do, not because I’m any kind of authority, but because it is the simpliest of teachings.