Author Topic: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?  (Read 8626 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline sodr2

  • Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 121
  • القديس الانبا رويس
If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« on: July 20, 2009, 11:32:40 PM »
I'd like to hear some opinions...

Of course for me, I'd choose something that will benefit me in the afterlife, but I'm still not sure. One of the fruits/gifts of the Holy Spirit probably...

---
Oops, I think this would've been better off in the "Off topics" section. Oh well.
« Last Edit: July 20, 2009, 11:33:44 PM by sodr2 »
"Happiness depends on the relationship between man and God." Pope Shenouda III

Offline LBK

  • No Reporting Allowed
  • Toumarches
  • ************
  • Posts: 12,266
  • Holy Father Patrick, pray for us!
  • Faith: Orthodox
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2009, 12:28:56 AM »
Peace of mind, peace of heart, peace of soul.
No longer posting here. Anyone is welcome to PM me or email me at the address in my profile.

Offline Myrrh23

  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,639
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2009, 01:35:13 AM »
I'm with LBK. :)

*I am no longer posting on OC.net*

We all have a Black Dog and a White Dog inside of us. The One you feed the most eventually eats the Other.

All are tempted, but it is the courageous person who clings to God during the storm. For the Ego is a prison, but Christ is the Liberator

Offline Entscheidungsproblem

  • Formerly Friul & Nebelpfade
  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,495
    • Amsterdam Declaration 2002
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2009, 01:46:48 AM »
Boundless knowledge.
As a result of a thousand million years of evolution, the universe is becoming conscious of itself, able to understand something of its past history and its possible future.
-- Sir Julian Sorell Huxley FRS

Offline Myrrh23

  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,639
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2009, 03:20:39 AM »
Boundless knowledge.

Here's some fruit from the Tree. ;)
*I am no longer posting on OC.net*

We all have a Black Dog and a White Dog inside of us. The One you feed the most eventually eats the Other.

All are tempted, but it is the courageous person who clings to God during the storm. For the Ego is a prison, but Christ is the Liberator

Offline Entscheidungsproblem

  • Formerly Friul & Nebelpfade
  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,495
    • Amsterdam Declaration 2002
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2009, 03:51:21 AM »
Boundless knowledge.

Here's some fruit from the Tree. ;)

:laugh:  Guess I will have to wait until I can become a cyborg then for my boundless knowledge.  :P
As a result of a thousand million years of evolution, the universe is becoming conscious of itself, able to understand something of its past history and its possible future.
-- Sir Julian Sorell Huxley FRS

Offline Gebre Menfes Kidus

  • "SERVANT of The HOLY SPIRIT"
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,817
  • "Lord Have Mercy on Me a Sinner!"
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1456515775
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2009, 04:03:24 AM »
Well... Solomon asked for wisdom, and God granted him this wish and gave him many material blessings as well. So I guess I would be a fool not to ask for wisdom.

But the 3 things I pray for constantly are Repentance, Humility, and Perseverance. I reason that as long as I have a repentant heart, a humble spirit, and a persevering attitude then I will always be growing and developing spiritually. I guess I pray for these things so often because I feel like I don't even come close to possessing them. Perhaps I never will.

Good question!

"Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have mercy on me a sinner."

Selam
""Love is a dangerous thing. It will crush you if you trust it. But without it you can never be whole. Love crucifies, but love saves. We will either be saved together with love, or damned alone without it."    Selam, +GMK+

Offline Quinault

  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,518
  • What about frogs? I like frogs!
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2009, 04:13:17 AM »
I think that my answer would change based upon when you ask me. Today I would desire the ability to know what it is that he wants us (my family and I) to do next specifically. Currently we are on the cusp of making some pretty big life altering decisions and it would be nice to know what the right path to take is. Then I would desire that my husband not have to return on deployment. And lastly I would want to be the wife, woman and mother that my husband and children need me to be. Not because I want to be seen as perfect, but because I think that my family could always deserve better than what I am currently doing. No one is perfect and we aren't meant to be perfect. But I want to be worthy of the wonderful gift of a family I have been granted.

And financial security would always be nice ;D
« Last Edit: July 21, 2009, 04:16:59 AM by Quinault »

Offline Myrrh23

  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,639
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2009, 04:23:14 AM »
Boundless knowledge.

Here's some fruit from the Tree. ;)

:laugh:  Guess I will have to wait until I can become a cyborg then for my boundless knowledge.  :P

Oh, I'm sure you'll love becoming a cyborg! I mean, just look at Karl Ruprecht Kroenen from Hellboy! See that "I'm too sexy for this suit" pose? :laugh:

« Last Edit: July 21, 2009, 04:24:18 AM by Myrrh23 »
*I am no longer posting on OC.net*

We all have a Black Dog and a White Dog inside of us. The One you feed the most eventually eats the Other.

All are tempted, but it is the courageous person who clings to God during the storm. For the Ego is a prison, but Christ is the Liberator

Offline Entscheidungsproblem

  • Formerly Friul & Nebelpfade
  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,495
    • Amsterdam Declaration 2002
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #9 on: July 21, 2009, 04:38:10 AM »
He always seemed too steam-punk for me.  :P

I like the Cybermen from Doctor Who more.  ;D

But I stand by it, boundless knowledge would be my number one.
As a result of a thousand million years of evolution, the universe is becoming conscious of itself, able to understand something of its past history and its possible future.
-- Sir Julian Sorell Huxley FRS

Offline xariskai

  • юродивый/yurodivy
  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,557
  • יהוה עזי ומגני
  • Faith: Orthodox
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #10 on: July 21, 2009, 06:49:48 PM »
My three wishes:
Suggest good wishes for me Lord; you see farther than I.
« Last Edit: July 21, 2009, 06:50:40 PM by xariskai »

Offline Rosehip

  • Archon
  • ********
  • Posts: 2,760
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2009, 07:01:39 PM »
To be 18, young, and pretty enough to be allowed to marry and have a family.
+ Our dear sister Martha (Rosehip) passed away on Dec 20, 2010.  May her memory be eternal! +

Offline ialmisry

  • There's nothing John of Damascus can't answer
  • Hypatos
  • *****************
  • Posts: 38,933
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2009, 07:46:55 PM »
Since we are dreaming....

That I skipped marrying the ex-wife (or meeting her for that matter), but keep the two sons.
« Last Edit: July 21, 2009, 07:47:24 PM by ialmisry »
Question a friend, perhaps he did not do it; but if he did anything so that he may do it no more.
A hasty quarrel kindles fire,
and urgent strife sheds blood.
If you blow on a spark, it will glow;
if you spit on it, it will be put out;
                           and both come out of your mouth

Offline Ian Lazarus

  • The Main Man!
  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,545
  • yIjah, Qey' 'oH!
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2009, 08:02:41 PM »
1) Restoration of paradise

2) Living in God's presence, forgiven and joyus for eternity

3) A tree that grows and endless supply of sausage, pepperoni and meatball pizza and beer that won't make you fat

 
"For I am With thee, withersoever thou goest"

Joshua 1:9

Offline Myrrh23

  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,639
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2009, 12:47:35 AM »
To be 18, young, and pretty enough to be allowed to marry and have a family.

I've seen your pic, Rosehip! You ARE pretty, especially inside, after reading many of your past posts. (hugs her) I hope you find someone who sees the Christ in you! :-*

« Last Edit: July 23, 2009, 12:48:34 AM by Myrrh23 »
*I am no longer posting on OC.net*

We all have a Black Dog and a White Dog inside of us. The One you feed the most eventually eats the Other.

All are tempted, but it is the courageous person who clings to God during the storm. For the Ego is a prison, but Christ is the Liberator

Offline John of the North

  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 3,533
  • Christ is Risen!
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2009, 02:10:22 AM »
1. To be the person my dog thinks I am.
2. Leeds United win the Treble.
3. I find the Mystery Girl.
"Christianity is not a philosophy, not a doctrine, but life." - Elder Sophrony (Sakharov)

Offline Romanicus

  • Molestus molestorum Dei.
  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 41
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2009, 06:36:42 AM »
#1. Wisdom (I know, Solomon already did that one . . . but, hey, I'm a fan.)

#2. A train-load of gold (purely for philanthropy, of course  ;))

#3. An infinite number of bonus wishes.
"Its later than you think." -- Fr. Seraphim Rose

Offline LBK

  • No Reporting Allowed
  • Toumarches
  • ************
  • Posts: 12,266
  • Holy Father Patrick, pray for us!
  • Faith: Orthodox
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2009, 06:48:17 AM »
#3. An infinite number of bonus wishes.

Greedy.  :o :laugh:
No longer posting here. Anyone is welcome to PM me or email me at the address in my profile.

Offline Gebre Menfes Kidus

  • "SERVANT of The HOLY SPIRIT"
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,817
  • "Lord Have Mercy on Me a Sinner!"
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1456515775
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #18 on: July 23, 2009, 05:05:17 PM »
A special wish for today:

That the world would know and heed the glorious wisdom of His Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia, who was known as "Defender of the Orthodox Faith." Because of H.I.M., I was brought to the regenerating waters of my beautiful Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

Today is Haile Selassie's birthday, July 23rd.

Selam
""Love is a dangerous thing. It will crush you if you trust it. But without it you can never be whole. Love crucifies, but love saves. We will either be saved together with love, or damned alone without it."    Selam, +GMK+

Offline Schultz

  • Christian. Guitarist. Scooterist. Zymurgist. Librarian.
  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 6,538
  • Scion of the McKeesport Becks.
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #19 on: July 23, 2009, 05:24:08 PM »
1. To be the person my dog thinks I am.
2. Leeds United win the Treble.
3. I find the Mystery Girl.

Even God won't violate the free will of players who apparently don't want to win ;)
"Hearing a nun's confession is like being stoned to death with popcorn." --Abp. Fulton Sheen

Offline John of the North

  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 3,533
  • Christ is Risen!
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2009, 12:56:19 AM »
1. To be the person my dog thinks I am.
2. Leeds United win the Treble.
3. I find the Mystery Girl.

Even God won't violate the free will of players who apparently don't want to win ;)

Very true. But it would also help if players avoid getting drunk in bars and beating up students...
"Christianity is not a philosophy, not a doctrine, but life." - Elder Sophrony (Sakharov)

Offline ytterbiumanalyst

  • Professor Emeritus, CSA
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,790
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2009, 11:24:58 PM »
1. For teachers to receive the status, respect, and salary of a professional athlete.
2. For athletes to receive the status, respect, and salary of a professional educator.
3. Three more wishes.
"It is remarkable that what we call the world...in what professes to be true...will allow in one man no blemishes, and in another no virtue."--Charles Dickens

Offline Romanicus

  • Molestus molestorum Dei.
  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Posts: 41
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #22 on: July 25, 2009, 07:06:19 AM »
#3. An infinite number of bonus wishes.

Greedy.  :o :laugh:

Of course, one of my bonus wishes would be for God to grant everyone three wishes-- starting with LBK. ;D
"Its later than you think." -- Fr. Seraphim Rose

Offline GammaRay

  • The Awful Preacher
  • High Elder
  • ******
  • Posts: 574
  • Alexandros Papadiamantis
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2009, 04:31:48 AM »
#1. Salvation for everyone.
#2. His Kingdom come.
#3. An infinite number of bonus wishes.
Though I've walked the valley of the shadow of the death, I've fallen not. Not completely. Not yet.

Offline Myrrh23

  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,639
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #24 on: July 26, 2009, 05:01:30 AM »
1. The ability to speak in tongues as the Apostles did.

2. The ability to cure any ailment.

3.
#3. An infinite number of bonus wishes.
« Last Edit: July 26, 2009, 05:03:12 AM by Myrrh23 »
*I am no longer posting on OC.net*

We all have a Black Dog and a White Dog inside of us. The One you feed the most eventually eats the Other.

All are tempted, but it is the courageous person who clings to God during the storm. For the Ego is a prison, but Christ is the Liberator

Offline Pravoslavbob

  • Moderator
  • Archon
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,206
  • Distressed about my country
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #25 on: July 26, 2009, 02:48:24 PM »
1. For teachers to receive the status, respect, and salary of a professional athlete.
2. For athletes to receive the status, respect, and salary of a professional educator.
3. Three more wishes.

 :laugh:
Religion is a disease, and Orthodoxy is its cure.

Offline mersch

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 248
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #26 on: August 03, 2009, 08:10:53 PM »
1)  That my entire family all the offspring, by blood or marrage are true, orthodox christians, and lead everyone they meet to God

2) That all premeditated murdering stops, (includes abortion, after,  all it is a premeditated choice to kill a child), along with violence.

3) That all nations and peoples turn to God

Offline Catherine

  • Elder
  • *****
  • Posts: 453
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #27 on: August 03, 2009, 10:14:15 PM »

3) A tree that grows and endless supply of sausage, pepperoni and meatball pizza and beer that won't make you fat

 

 :laugh:

- - - - - -

* An end to man's inhumanity towards man - love for all; food for all; peace for all.

* Cures for all the diseases, illnesses. .

* I wish all Christians would display the fruit of the Spirit (. .including myself  ::) ).

- - - - - -

Selfish Wishes:

* A man who loves me - a man who doesn't break my heart. 

* To be able to play my piano and my violin like a genius.

* To have a time machine.

Offline Entscheidungsproblem

  • Formerly Friul & Nebelpfade
  • Protokentarchos
  • *********
  • Posts: 4,495
    • Amsterdam Declaration 2002
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #28 on: August 03, 2009, 10:28:35 PM »

* To have a time machine.


Be careful, otherwise...



Couldn't help but add this too :P:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymh-FQQVNkQ
As a result of a thousand million years of evolution, the universe is becoming conscious of itself, able to understand something of its past history and its possible future.
-- Sir Julian Sorell Huxley FRS

Offline Gebre Menfes Kidus

  • "SERVANT of The HOLY SPIRIT"
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,817
  • "Lord Have Mercy on Me a Sinner!"
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1456515775
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2009, 05:29:46 AM »
1)  That my entire family all the offspring, by blood or marrage are true, orthodox christians, and lead everyone they meet to God

2) That all premeditated murdering stops, (includes abortion, after,  all it is a premeditated choice to kill a child), along with violence.

3) That all nations and peoples turn to God

Amen.

Selam
""Love is a dangerous thing. It will crush you if you trust it. But without it you can never be whole. Love crucifies, but love saves. We will either be saved together with love, or damned alone without it."    Selam, +GMK+

Offline ozgeorge

  • I'll take you for who you are if you take me for everything.
  • Hoplitarches
  • *************
  • Posts: 16,382
  • My plans for retirement.
    • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #30 on: August 04, 2009, 05:40:21 AM »
a) A Saviour for all humanity Who truly understands what it is to be human- (granted).

b) A chance at for everyone to overcome death and live Eternally- (granted)

c) Someone Who loves me and is Present with me no matter where I am on Earth, in Heaven or Hell- (granted)

« Last Edit: August 04, 2009, 05:45:55 AM by ozgeorge »
If you're living a happy life as a Christian, you're doing something wrong.

Offline Gebre Menfes Kidus

  • "SERVANT of The HOLY SPIRIT"
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,817
  • "Lord Have Mercy on Me a Sinner!"
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1456515775
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #31 on: August 04, 2009, 06:40:02 AM »
a) A Saviour for all humanity Who truly understands what it is to be human- (granted).

b) A chance at for everyone to overcome death and live Eternally- (granted)

c) Someone Who loves me and is Present with me no matter where I am on Earth, in Heaven or Hell- (granted)



Amen!

Selam
""Love is a dangerous thing. It will crush you if you trust it. But without it you can never be whole. Love crucifies, but love saves. We will either be saved together with love, or damned alone without it."    Selam, +GMK+


Offline Catherine

  • Elder
  • *****
  • Posts: 453
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #33 on: August 05, 2009, 01:38:20 PM »
a) A Saviour for all humanity Who truly understands what it is to be human- (granted).

b) A chance at for everyone to overcome death and live Eternally- (granted)

c) Someone Who loves me and is Present with me no matter where I am on Earth, in Heaven or Hell- (granted)



Amen.

Offline ialmisry

  • There's nothing John of Damascus can't answer
  • Hypatos
  • *****************
  • Posts: 38,933
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #34 on: August 05, 2009, 02:11:24 PM »

* To have a time machine.


Be careful, otherwise...



Couldn't help but add this too :P:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymh-FQQVNkQ

LOL.

My sons said that they wanted a time machine to talk some sense into Adam and Eve.
Question a friend, perhaps he did not do it; but if he did anything so that he may do it no more.
A hasty quarrel kindles fire,
and urgent strife sheds blood.
If you blow on a spark, it will glow;
if you spit on it, it will be put out;
                           and both come out of your mouth

Offline Fr. George

  • formerly "Cleveland"
  • Administrator
  • Stratopedarches
  • *******
  • Posts: 20,221
  • May the Lord bless you and keep you always!
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #35 on: August 05, 2009, 03:11:37 PM »
a) A Saviour for all humanity Who truly understands what it is to be human- (granted).

b) A chance at for everyone to overcome death and live Eternally- (granted)

c) Someone Who loves me and is Present with me no matter where I am on Earth, in Heaven or Hell- (granted)

Why would one wish for things they already have through the mercy of the one granting the wishes?
"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
Met. Meletios of Nikopolis & Preveza, from his ordination.

Offline ozgeorge

  • I'll take you for who you are if you take me for everything.
  • Hoplitarches
  • *************
  • Posts: 16,382
  • My plans for retirement.
    • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #36 on: August 05, 2009, 03:16:39 PM »
a) A Saviour for all humanity Who truly understands what it is to be human- (granted).

b) A chance at for everyone to overcome death and live Eternally- (granted)

c) Someone Who loves me and is Present with me no matter where I am on Earth, in Heaven or Hell- (granted)

Why would one wish for things they already have through the mercy of the one granting the wishes?

Precisely!
So given the Infinite Love and Mercy of the granter of the wishes, the best things to wish for would be:

1) Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

2) Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

3) Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
If you're living a happy life as a Christian, you're doing something wrong.

Offline Andrew21091

  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,272
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #37 on: August 05, 2009, 03:30:43 PM »
a) A Saviour for all humanity Who truly understands what it is to be human- (granted).

b) A chance at for everyone to overcome death and live Eternally- (granted)

c) Someone Who loves me and is Present with me no matter where I am on Earth, in Heaven or Hell- (granted)

Why would one wish for things they already have through the mercy of the one granting the wishes?


Precisely!
So given the Infinite Love and Mercy of the granter of the wishes, the best things to wish for would be:

1) Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

2) Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

3) Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Great answer! God has given us all that we need so the only thing we can really wish for is that God's will be done in all things.

Offline Fr. George

  • formerly "Cleveland"
  • Administrator
  • Stratopedarches
  • *******
  • Posts: 20,221
  • May the Lord bless you and keep you always!
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #38 on: August 05, 2009, 03:34:37 PM »
a) A Saviour for all humanity Who truly understands what it is to be human- (granted).

b) A chance at for everyone to overcome death and live Eternally- (granted)

c) Someone Who loves me and is Present with me no matter where I am on Earth, in Heaven or Hell- (granted)

Why would one wish for things they already have through the mercy of the one granting the wishes?

Precisely!
So given the Infinite Love and Mercy of the granter of the wishes, the best things to wish for would be:

1) Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

2) Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

3) Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

I don't think it's unreasonable to wish for something like:

1. That I may always be in Your Love
2. That I may feel your Love as Heaven, not Hell, for all eternity and beyond.
3. That I may be in the company of the Saints in Your Kingdom.
"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
Met. Meletios of Nikopolis & Preveza, from his ordination.

Offline ozgeorge

  • I'll take you for who you are if you take me for everything.
  • Hoplitarches
  • *************
  • Posts: 16,382
  • My plans for retirement.
    • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #39 on: August 06, 2009, 06:19:50 AM »
a) A Saviour for all humanity Who truly understands what it is to be human- (granted).

b) A chance at for everyone to overcome death and live Eternally- (granted)

c) Someone Who loves me and is Present with me no matter where I am on Earth, in Heaven or Hell- (granted)

Why would one wish for things they already have through the mercy of the one granting the wishes?

Precisely!
So given the Infinite Love and Mercy of the granter of the wishes, the best things to wish for would be:

1) Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

2) Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

3) Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

I don't think it's unreasonable to wish for something like:

1. That I may always be in Your Love
2. That I may feel your Love as Heaven, not Hell, for all eternity and beyond.
3. That I may be in the company of the Saints in Your Kingdom.

But all three of those are His will.  :)
If you're living a happy life as a Christian, you're doing something wrong.

Offline Fr. George

  • formerly "Cleveland"
  • Administrator
  • Stratopedarches
  • *******
  • Posts: 20,221
  • May the Lord bless you and keep you always!
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #40 on: August 06, 2009, 10:49:41 AM »
But all three of those are His will.  :)

But is there an issue with stating it so explicitly, rather than the vague "Thy will be done?"
"O Cross of Christ, all-holy, thrice-blessed, and life-giving, instrument of the mystical rites of Zion, the holy Altar for the service of our Great Archpriest, the blessing - the weapon - the strength of priests, our pride, our consolation, the light in our hearts, our mind, and our steps"
Met. Meletios of Nikopolis & Preveza, from his ordination.

Offline ozgeorge

  • I'll take you for who you are if you take me for everything.
  • Hoplitarches
  • *************
  • Posts: 16,382
  • My plans for retirement.
    • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #41 on: August 07, 2009, 03:08:58 AM »
But all three of those are His will.  :)

But is there an issue with stating it so explicitly, rather than the vague "Thy will be done?"

Not really an issue, but I think it's good if we realize that the goal is to align our will with the Will of God, and that there is nothing to fear about this because we are aligning ourselves to the Will of One Who loves us, knows what is best for us, and is pleased to give us the Kingdom (Luke 12:32).
If you're living a happy life as a Christian, you're doing something wrong.

Offline Robert W

  • Self-appointed forum herald
  • Elder
  • *****
  • Posts: 469
  • Love is no feeling
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #42 on: August 07, 2009, 09:58:42 AM »
"Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven"
"That all nations and peoples turn to God"
"Cures for all the diseases"
"Peace on earth"

::) really?

What's wrong with cash?  ;D ;)

Offline Irish Hermit

  • Kibernetski Kaludjer
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 10,991
  • Holy Father Patrick, pray for us
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #43 on: August 07, 2009, 10:18:25 AM »
The salvation of all.

"One should pray that Apokatastasis is true, but one would be foolish to teach it as doctrine."

Saint Maximos the Confessor

Offline Myrrh23

  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,639
Re: If God gives you three wishes, what will they be?
« Reply #44 on: August 08, 2009, 07:33:20 PM »
But all three of those are His will.  :)

But is there an issue with stating it so explicitly, rather than the vague "Thy will be done?"

Not really an issue, but I think it's good if we realize that the goal is to align our will with the Will of God, and that there is nothing to fear about this because we are aligning ourselves to the Will of One Who loves us, knows what is best for us, and is pleased to give us the Kingdom (Luke 12:32).

(sighs) I need to keep that in mind and in practice more....

What's wrong with cash?  ;D ;)

This is why: ;)
*I am no longer posting on OC.net*

We all have a Black Dog and a White Dog inside of us. The One you feed the most eventually eats the Other.

All are tempted, but it is the courageous person who clings to God during the storm. For the Ego is a prison, but Christ is the Liberator