Our June Post of the Month goes to EkhristosAnesti for this post:
Some time ago, Stephen Colbert had an interview on his show, The Colbert Report, with some author (whose name I can't recall) who wrote a book exploring the eight major religions of the world.
A focus of his book was to identify each religion's perception of the primary problem with humanity and the world. In his opinion, for Islam the primary problem is pride; for Confucianism the primary problem is social disorder; for Judaism the primary problem is exile; for Daoism the primary problem is the suppression of human liberty. These are all problems of the human condition according to the Orthodox Christian worldview, but they are all part and parcel of a more fundamental problem.
Unfortunately, this guest author missed the mark (pun intended ) and identified "sin" as the primary problem which Christianity seeks to deal with. He probably came to that conclusion because such is the prevalent view amongst Protestant Christians in particular.
According to Orthodoxy, sin is as secondary as the rest of the problems accounted for above. The primary problem is: death.
It was death that the Holy Virgin was in need of being saved from.
Join us in proclaiming him: AXIOS! WORTHY! AXIOS!
"If you are going to serve the Lord, be prepared for times when you will be put to the test. Be sincere and determined. Keep calm when trouble comes. Stay with the Lord; never abandon Him and you will be prosperous at the end of your days. Accept whatever happens to you. Even if you suffer humiliation, be patient. Gold is tested by fire and human character is tested in the furnace of humiliation. Trust the Lord and He will help you. Walk straight in His ways and put your hope in Him. " Sir 2:1-6