You have a tendency to either misunderstand or misrepresent what people write. Allow me to demonstrate:
So Cognomen thinks I have no standing to make these determinations, yet Cognomen has no idea of who I am, nor in reality does he have any determinations to make standings on me.
I do have an idea, based on what you have posted on this forum. My determinations are based on what I have read here.
Saying I have no idea of what scriptural passages mean is a bad assumption. I know how churches are decorated. I know what liturgies are composed of and I think I've proven that several times.
I never claimed that you didn't have any idea of a scriptural passage's meaning, or didn't know how churches are decorated, or know what liturgies are composed of. I have claimed that you place a great deal of emphasis on your
interpretation and on how you
believe the Orthodox Church should act. To the Orthodox Church of Christ, your personal reading and understanding of scripture, opinion of church decoration, etc. means very little.
Cognomen practices the art of cognitive dissonance. I wish you wouldn't. Just because you don't want to accept something doesn't mean that you should stubbornly battle against it. His name is Yeshua in Aramaic. I know that bugs you. Guess what? His name was Yeshua anyway. It's what God was called here on Earth. Yeshua. NOT Jesus. Jesus came out of the Greek transliterations of the Aramaic.
I'm sure you would prefer if I would go along with all of your poorly developed conspiracies. Of course I don't disagree with Jesus' name being Yesuah in Aramaic, but from your introduction to this forum you have pushed this. Obviously his disciples didn't feel the Aramaic form of his name was crucial and neither has the Church, ever. Why don't you speak Aramaic yourself? Again, this is just another example of you determining how things should be done, and assuming that you know better than the collective and very ancient tradition of the Church. Your view represents a deep distrust of the Church, even the ancient one, and the belief that you know better. I find this extraordinarily arrogant and unhelpful.
Guess what? I think I do represent an Orthodox opinion. Perhaps not your "Orthodox" opinion.
Yes, and so does the May 21st/Oct 21st rapture pastor. Of course you think your
opinion is Orthodox. The Orthodox Church begs to differ.
There was once a church that truly existed before 325 A.D. It was the Orthodox church. There really wasn't an iconostasis either in those days. Like it or not... It's true. So if you think I don't know how a church should be decorated, perhaps you should really look at your own church, because the church that I strive to follow, was decorated a world away from your church.
You have to realize how strikingly similar your argument is to much of secular and Protestant thought. Having studied the early Church, I don't find this modern narrative of the real church immediately falling apart and then being recreated in Imperial fashion by Constantine and his cronies compelling. This sort of understanding isn't too far from the silly rant given in the DaVinci code.
Yes, things have changed, the liturgy has evolved, the decorations have evolved. This is part of the true Church, and does not represent any substantial shift in understanding of the faith. Is St. Catherine's monastery graceless because it has icons and incense? You can choose to disagree, but you are not a part of the Orthodox Church, nor do you actually wish to be. You are loyal to this myth of the absolutely perfect, untarnished Church of pre-325. Good luck recreating that. Many have tried and it frequently results in silliness.
My interpretation of Romans 13 is not an interpretation of the scripture, it is an interpretation of the American government. They are my servants. Blood was spilled for that freedom. They are not my governing authorities. They are not my kings nor Caesar. They are bound by Oath (albeit Masonic) to serve me (Protect and defend the constitution). That makes them subjective to me.
As usual, I think you have a naive and fairly odd understanding of this. You're entitled to your opinion, but because government workers are referred to as civil servants, does not mean that they are your personal servant, subject to your wishes and demands. You are not their king. Others have tried to explain this to you, but you retain this understanding.
If you believe this way, you will get the mark of the beast because they will use Romans 13 against you most likely through your church. Revelation is very clear that it will be coming from the governments, which the vast majority of worldwide churches are juiced in with their governments.
Nuh, uh... You will get the mark of the beast.