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« on: January 27, 2013, 01:56:30 PM »

What happens with the soul after death?
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2013, 03:55:01 PM »

It is not dead.
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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2013, 11:33:57 PM »

The first or second death?

I would not want to experience the second death.... I know that for sure.
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2013, 12:58:59 AM »

The first or second death?

I would not want to experience the second death.... I know that for sure.

I agree with you on that point.
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2013, 08:13:12 AM »

The first or second death?

I would not want to experience the second death.... I know that for sure.

Reincarnation?
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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2013, 08:17:04 AM »

Reincarnation?

Hebrews 9:27 "It is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgement."
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2013, 08:44:26 AM »

The first or second death?

I would not want to experience the second death.... I know that for sure.

What is the second death ? Will God destroy the soul ?.
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2013, 08:55:09 AM »

The first or second death?

I would not want to experience the second death.... I know that for sure.

What is the second death ? Will God destroy the soul ?.

No, it is something too horrible to imagine:



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7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.




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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2013, 09:35:05 AM »

The first or second death?

I would not want to experience the second death.... I know that for sure.

What is the second death ? Will God destroy the soul ?.

Yes. And he will start with religious people after he torments them in ways they could never imagine something like that is possible.
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2013, 09:39:04 AM »

The first or second death?

I would not want to experience the second death.... I know that for sure.

What is the second death ? Will God destroy the soul ?.

Yes. And he will start with religious people after he torments them in ways they could never imagine something like that is possible.

What is this supposed to mean?
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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2013, 09:45:03 AM »

Yes. And he will start with religious people after he torments them in ways they could never imagine something like that is possible.

That sounds a bit like wishful thinking.  Wink

Let God decide what he's going to do with all of us, and pray for mercy - if you wish him to have mercy on you on that day, that is.

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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2013, 02:04:52 PM »

The first or second death?

I would not want to experience the second death.... I know that for sure.

What is the second death ? Will God destroy the soul ?.

Yes. And he will start with religious people after he torments them in ways they could never imagine something like that is possible.

What is this supposed to mean?

Luke 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.


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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2013, 02:27:29 PM »

Firstly, we do not believe that God will destroy the souls. That's what Jehovah's Witnesses believe.

And secondly, what was the point again with all those quotes?
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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2013, 12:30:30 AM »

Firstly, we do not believe that God will destroy the souls. That's what Jehovah's Witnesses believe.

And secondly, what was the point again with all those quotes?

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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2013, 03:51:22 AM »

Firstly, we do not believe that God will destroy the souls. That's what Jehovah's Witnesses believe.

And secondly, what was the point again with all those quotes?
I agree we are not Jehovah's Witnesses. Smiley

However, it would seem a belief in the mortality of the soul apart from God is at least an acceptable theologoumenon and has considerable support from the Early Fathers, as this article by George Florovsky explains: http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/immortality_soul.htm.

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« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2013, 03:55:19 AM »

The first or second death?

I would not want to experience the second death.... I know that for sure.

What is the second death ? Will God destroy the soul ?.

Yes. And he will start with religious people after he torments them in ways they could never imagine something like that is possible.

What is this supposed to mean?

It means that religious people have to endure the hell of these stupid posts. 
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« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2013, 04:34:26 AM »

This reminds me of a couple of lines by Anna de Noailles. Quoting from memory also translating into English:"t
They have invented a soul/In their quest to debase the body..."
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« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2013, 04:49:21 AM »

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And you shall conjure from the bitter prison
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My drunken soul which, from the dead arisen
    On yours shall look.
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« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2013, 05:41:46 AM »

I just happened to be reading this from St. Isaac the Syrian yesterday...

"As for me I say that those who are tormented in Gehenna are tormented by the invasion of love. What is there more bitter and violent than the pains of love? Those who feel they have sinned against love bear in themselves a damnation much heavier than the most dreaded punishments. The suffering with which sinning against love afflicts the heart is more keenly felt than any other torment. It is absurd to assume that the sinners in Gehenna are deprived of God’s love." -St. Isaac the Syrian, Ascetical Homilies 48

"Love is offered impartially. But by its very power it acts in two ways. It torments sinners, as happens here on earth when we are tormented by the presence of a friend to whom we have been unfaithful. And it gives joy to those who have been faithful." -St. Isaac the Syrian, Ascetical Homilies 48

"That is what the torment of Gehenna is in my opinion: remorse. But love inebriates the souls of the sons and daughters of heaven by its delectability." -St. Isaac the Syrian, Ascetical Homilies 48

"That we should think that Gehenna is not also full of love and mingled with compassion would be an insult to our God. By saying He will deliver us to suffering without purpose, we most surely sin." Isaac the Syrian, Ascetical Homilies 51
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« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2013, 06:05:58 AM »

Firstly, we do not believe that God will destroy the souls. That's what Jehovah's Witnesses believe.

And secondly, what was the point again with all those quotes?
I agree we are not Jehovah's Witnesses. Smiley

However, it would seem a belief in the mortality of the soul apart from God is at least an acceptable theologoumenon and has considerable support from the Early Fathers, as this article by George Florovsky explains: http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/immortality_soul.htm.

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Christians, as Christians, are not committed to any philosophical doctrine of immortality. But they are committed to the belief in the General Resurrection. Man is a creature. His very existence is the grant of God. His very existence is contingent. He exists by the grace of God. But God created Man for existence, i.e., for an eternal destiny. This destiny can be achieved and consummated only in communion with God.


Saying that the soul is not inherently immortal (and I still fail to see, re. our last discussion on the subject, how it's a theologoumenon to believe this - only God is inherently immortal. All creation exists only contingently upon Him, so any immortality of the soul must likewise be contingent upon Him) does not in any way support the position of the Jehovah's Witnesses, which we do not share. We do not believe as they do. Ansgar was quite right in what he said. We believe that God will continue to sustain us after death - that doesn't mean that our souls are inherently immortal but it does mean that we do not believe God will destroy them.

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« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2013, 06:41:00 AM »

I just happened to be reading this from St. Isaac the Syrian yesterday...

"As for me I say that those who are tormented in Gehenna are tormented by the invasion of love. What is there more bitter and violent than the pains of love? Those who feel they have sinned against love bear in themselves a damnation much heavier than the most dreaded punishments. The suffering with which sinning against love afflicts the heart is more keenly felt than any other torment. It is absurd to assume that the sinners in Gehenna are deprived of God’s love." -St. Isaac the Syrian, Ascetical Homilies 48

"Love is offered impartially. But by its very power it acts in two ways. It torments sinners, as happens here on earth when we are tormented by the presence of a friend to whom we have been unfaithful. And it gives joy to those who have been faithful." -St. Isaac the Syrian, Ascetical Homilies 48

"That is what the torment of Gehenna is in my opinion: remorse. But love inebriates the souls of the sons and daughters of heaven by its delectability." -St. Isaac the Syrian, Ascetical Homilies 48

"That we should think that Gehenna is not also full of love and mingled with compassion would be an insult to our God. By saying He will deliver us to suffering without purpose, we most surely sin." Isaac the Syrian, Ascetical Homilies 51


How do you explain than "the darkness outside" "the weeping and gnashing of teeth" "being trowed into prison until you have payed the last penny"  "the worm that never dies and the fire that is never quenched" "the everlasting punishment" ? Is Gehenna and Heaven in their ultimate conditions right now? If not how is that compatible with the quotes that you provided? What happens after death?
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« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2013, 06:43:36 AM »

Reincarnation?

Hebrews 9:27 "It is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgement."

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
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« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2013, 06:46:32 AM »

Firstly, we do not believe that God will destroy the souls. That's what Jehovah's Witnesses believe.

And secondly, what was the point again with all those quotes?
I agree we are not Jehovah's Witnesses. Smiley

However, it would seem a belief in the mortality of the soul apart from God is at least an acceptable theologoumenon and has considerable support from the Early Fathers, as this article by George Florovsky explains: http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/immortality_soul.htm.

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Christians, as Christians, are not committed to any philosophical doctrine of immortality. But they are committed to the belief in the General Resurrection. Man is a creature. His very existence is the grant of God. His very existence is contingent. He exists by the grace of God. But God created Man for existence, i.e., for an eternal destiny. This destiny can be achieved and consummated only in communion with God.


Saying that the soul is not inherently immortal (and I still fail to see, re. our last discussion on the subject, how it's a theologoumenon to believe this - only God is inherently immortal. All creation exists only contingently upon Him, so any immortality of the soul must likewise be contingent upon Him) does not in any way support the position of the Jehovah's Witnesses, which we do not share. We do not believe as they do. Ansgar was quite right in what he said. We believe that God will continue to sustain us after death - that doesn't mean that our souls are inherently immortal but it does mean that we do not believe God will destroy them.

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I am not contending that we believe as the Jehovah's Witnesses. So I am not really disagreeing with Asgar.

But if the soul is not inherently immortal and needs communion with God to be sustained, then it should follow that those who reject this communion--the food of immortality--may also be rejecting the immortality of their souls. 

So no, God doesn't destroy souls but we might.
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« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2013, 06:50:20 AM »

Reincarnation?

Hebrews 9:27 "It is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgement."

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.


"The second death" does in no way imply a transmigration of the soul from one body to another (which is non-sense in Christianity). It would come after the Judgement, as it's unfortunate verdict for some. 

The Christian doctrine is: one soul - one body from birth to eternity.

It's more like the soul is the inner man and the body his exterior aspect. Each body is the unique material expression of one soul - it's not at all accidental to the person (person in fact means "face"). You recognize people (even Saints or the departed) by looking at their faces.

By the way, the verse you've posted is never interpreted literally in the Orthodox Church - its literal interpretation gave rise to the heresy known as chiliasm or millennialism.
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The Wisdom of Solomon 1-3

12 Do not invite death by the error of your life,
or bring on destruction by the works of your hands;
13 because God did not make death,
and he does not delight in the death of the living.
14 For he created all things so that they might exist
;
the generative forces of the world are wholesome,
and there is no destructive poison in them,
and the dominion of Hades is not on earth.
15 For righteousness is immortal.


16 But the ungodly by their words and deeds summoned death;
considering him a friend, they pined away
and made a covenant with him,
because they are fit to belong to his company.

2 They reasoned unsoundly, saying to themselves,
Short and sorrowful is our life,
and there is no remedy when a life comes to its end,
and no one has been known to return from Hades.
2 For we were born by mere chance,
and hereafter we shall be as though we had never been,
for the breath in our nostrils is smoke,
and reason is a spark kindled by the beating of our hearts;
3 when it is extinguished, the body will turn to ashes,
and the spirit will dissolve like empty air
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4 Our name will be forgotten in time,
and no one will remember our works;
our life will pass away like the traces of a cloud,
and be scattered like mist
that is chased by the rays of the sun
and overcome by its heat.
5 For our allotted time is the passing of a shadow,
and there is no return from our death,
because it is sealed up and no one turns back.


6 ‘Come, therefore, let us enjoy the good things that exist,
and make use of the creation to the full as in youth.
7 Let us take our fill of costly wine and perfumes,
and let no flower of spring pass us by.
8 Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither.
9 Let none of us fail to share in our revelry;
everywhere let us leave signs of enjoyment,
because this is our portion, and this our lot.
10 Let us oppress the righteous poor man;
let us not spare the widow
or regard the grey hairs of the aged.
11 But let our might be our law of right,
for what is weak proves itself to be useless.

12 ‘Let us lie in wait for the righteous man,
because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions;
he reproaches us for sins against the law,
and accuses us of sins against our training.
13 He professes to have knowledge of God,
and calls himself a child of the Lord.
14 He became to us a reproof of our thoughts;
15 the very sight of him is a burden to us,
because his manner of life is unlike that of others,
and his ways are strange.
16 We are considered by him as something base,
and he avoids our ways as unclean;
he calls the last end of the righteous happy,
and boasts that God is his father.
17 Let us see if his words are true,
and let us test what will happen at the end of his life;
18 for if the righteous man is God’s child, he will help him,
and will deliver him from the hand of his adversaries.
19 Let us test him with insult and torture,
so that we may find out how gentle he is,
and make trial of his forbearance.
20 Let us condemn him to a shameful death,
for, according to what he says, he will be protected.’


21 Thus they reasoned, but they were led astray,
for their wickedness blinded them,
22 and they did not know the secret purposes of God,
nor hoped for the wages of holiness,
nor discerned the prize for blameless souls;
23 for God created us for incorruption,
and made us in the image of his own eternity,
24 but through the devil’s envy death entered the world,
and those who belong to his company experience it.


3 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,
and no torment will ever touch them.
2 In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died,
and their departure was thought to be a disaster,
3 and their going from us to be their destruction;
but they are at peace.

4 For though in the sight of others they were punished,
their hope is full of immortality.
5 Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good,
because God tested them and found them worthy of himself;
6 like gold in the furnace he tried them,
and like a sacrificial burnt-offering he accepted them.
7 In the time of their visitation they will shine forth,
and will run like sparks through the stubble.
8 They will govern nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord will reign over them for ever.
9 Those who trust in him will understand truth,
and the faithful will abide with him in love,
because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones,
and he watches over his elect.


10 But the ungodly will be punished as their reasoning deserves,
those who disregarded the righteous
and rebelled against the Lord;
11 for those who despise wisdom and instruction are miserable.
Their hope is vain, their labours are unprofitable,
and their works are useless.
12 Their wives are foolish, and their children evil;
13 their offspring are accursed.
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« Reply #25 on: January 29, 2013, 07:32:25 AM »

Firstly, we do not believe that God will destroy the souls. That's what Jehovah's Witnesses believe.

And secondly, what was the point again with all those quotes?
I agree we are not Jehovah's Witnesses. Smiley

However, it would seem a belief in the mortality of the soul apart from God is at least an acceptable theologoumenon and has considerable support from the Early Fathers, as this article by George Florovsky explains: http://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/immortality_soul.htm.

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Christians, as Christians, are not committed to any philosophical doctrine of immortality. But they are committed to the belief in the General Resurrection. Man is a creature. His very existence is the grant of God. His very existence is contingent. He exists by the grace of God. But God created Man for existence, i.e., for an eternal destiny. This destiny can be achieved and consummated only in communion with God.


Saying that the soul is not inherently immortal (and I still fail to see, re. our last discussion on the subject, how it's a theologoumenon to believe this - only God is inherently immortal. All creation exists only contingently upon Him, so any immortality of the soul must likewise be contingent upon Him) does not in any way support the position of the Jehovah's Witnesses, which we do not share. We do not believe as they do. Ansgar was quite right in what he said. We believe that God will continue to sustain us after death - that doesn't mean that our souls are inherently immortal but it does mean that we do not believe God will destroy them.

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I am not contending that we believe as the Jehovah's Witnesses. So I am not really disagreeing with Asgar.

But if the soul is not inherently immortal and needs communion with God to be sustained, then it should follow that those who reject this communion--the food of immortality--may also be rejecting the immortality of their souls. 

So no, God doesn't destroy souls but we might.

Only God is immortal. All creation is dependent on God for existence, whether it be a stone or a soul. I'm not sure communion (though I don't quite know what you mean by that in the context) has any bearing on it. If everything that exists only exists contingently on God then for God to cease to sustain something would be exactly equivalent to God destroying it, surely? We don't believe that this will happen. I can't see how the idea of the annihilation of the soul can even be seen as a possibility within Orthodoxy. Even if we find ourselves in hell through rejecting God it doesn't mean that He has rejected us.

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« Reply #26 on: January 29, 2013, 07:34:46 AM »

Reincarnation?

Hebrews 9:27 "It is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgement."

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.


"The second death" does in no way imply a transmigration of the soul from one body to another (which is non-sense in Christianity). It would come after the Judgement, as it's unfortunate verdict for some. 

The Christian doctrine is: one soul - one body from birth to eternity.

It's more like the soul is the inner man and the body his exterior aspect. Each body is the unique material expression of one soul - it's not at all accidental to the person (person in fact means "face"). You recognize people (even Saints or the departed) by looking at their faces.

By the way, the verse you've posted is never interpreted literally in the Orthodox Church - its literal interpretation gave rise to the heresy known as chiliasm or millennialism.

John 9 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?

3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.
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« Reply #27 on: January 29, 2013, 07:43:51 AM »

Sorry for the huge quotation from the Wisdom of Solomon - it's a key text for the Orthodox understanding of the afterlife, so a fragment from chapter 3 is read at the Vespers on almost all the feasts of the Saints.

It also dwells on the classic biblical motif of the "two ways" (cf. Psalm 1, Christ on the narrow and the wide path in the Gospel, echoed by the Didachy of the 12 Apostles, etc.) - that of the righteous and that of the wicked, one leading to life, the other to destruction and death.

The way of the the world has always been to deny immortality, the soul, the after-life, that purpose of leading an ascetic life, of being careful not to sin, etc. This is what brings it into conflict with the Saints, who's always going to end up persecuted or martyred: it explains prophetically what happened to all the Saints from Abel to John the Baptist, to Christ and to all Martyrs and Confessors.   
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John 9 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

These verses deal with the entirely different question of why people are afflicted with suffering. Our Lord says that it cannot be merely explained as a punishment for sin: neither a sin that the man committed since he was born (not in a previous life!), nor one inherited from his parents.
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« Reply #29 on: January 29, 2013, 08:12:37 AM »

John 9 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.

These verses deal with the entirely different question of why people are afflicted with suffering. Our Lord says that it cannot be merely explained as a punishment for sin: neither a sin that the man committed since he was born (not in a previous life!), nor one inherited from his parents.

How could someone sin before his birth and why didn't Jesus or the evangelist refute this view to remove the benefit of the doubt?
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How could someone sin before his birth and why didn't Jesus or the evangelist refute this view to remove the benefit of the doubt?

No one can sin before his birth - such an idea would have been altogether alien to the mentality of a 1st century Palestinian Jew, just as it is alien to the mindset of any Orthodox Christian. People simply do not exist before they are born.
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What happens with the soul after death?

Maybe you could be a bit more specific about what question(s) you have?  It is a very broad topic.  If you are interested in it, I would highly recommend the book "Life After Death" by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos.
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« Reply #32 on: January 29, 2013, 09:13:36 AM »

How could someone sin before his birth and why didn't Jesus or the evangelist refute this view to remove the benefit of the doubt?

No one can sin before his birth - such an idea would have been altogether alien to the mentality of a 1st century Palestinian Jew, just as it is alien to the mindset of any Orthodox Christian. People simply do not exist before they are born.

Than why did the Apostles as the Scriptures actually and faptically relate -not as you would like- say that? Why did they ask if the guy's personal sin was that which caused him to be born blind?
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« Reply #33 on: January 29, 2013, 09:25:53 AM »

How could someone sin before his birth and why didn't Jesus or the evangelist refute this view to remove the benefit of the doubt?

No one can sin before his birth - such an idea would have been altogether alien to the mentality of a 1st century Palestinian Jew, just as it is alien to the mindset of any Orthodox Christian. People simply do not exist before they are born.

Than why did the Apostles as the Scriptures actually and faptically relate -not as you would like- say that? Why did they ask if the guy's personal sin was that which caused him to be born blind?
Maybe they didn't know he was blind from birth.
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« Reply #34 on: January 29, 2013, 09:26:00 AM »

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Jer 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Job 38:21 Thou knowest, for thou wast then born, and the number of thy days is great!

Ephes 1:4 As he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight in charity.
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« Reply #35 on: January 29, 2013, 09:45:12 AM »

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People simply do not exist before they are born.

Jer 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Job 38:21 Thou knowest, for thou wast then born, and the number of thy days is great!

Ephes 1:4 As he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight in charity.

That only proves that God wished to create humanity before He created the world. Likewise a person needs to come up with an idea before he can realise it.
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« Reply #36 on: January 29, 2013, 09:48:04 AM »

Great Caesar's Ghost!  I read this thread and thought I was on a Baptist forum with all the prooftexting Scripture going on here.

The quote by St. Isaac the Syrian that was posted earlier has been the traditional Orthodox belief in regards to our fate after death.  I have never heard of any other teachings from any of my readings of Church Fathers, modern-day Orthodox literature or from my priest.

FlickFlack, are you Orthodox?  Much of what you post brings back memories of my time in an eccentric non-denominational church I used to attend as a child.
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Jer 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Job 38:21 Thou knowest, for thou wast then born, and the number of thy days is great!

Ephes 1:4 As he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight in charity.


If an artist decides to paint something, that painting can be said to be on his mind/in his intellect before it is made. That isn't to say that it existed substantially in the world before he actually paints it.
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« Reply #38 on: January 29, 2013, 11:11:28 AM »

How could someone sin before his birth and why didn't Jesus or the evangelist refute this view to remove the benefit of the doubt?

No one can sin before his birth - such an idea would have been altogether alien to the mentality of a 1st century Palestinian Jew, just as it is alien to the mindset of any Orthodox Christian. People simply do not exist before they are born.

Than why did the Apostles as the Scriptures actually and faptically relate -not as you would like- say that? Why did they ask if the guy's personal sin was that which caused him to be born blind?

What does "faptically" mean? (Darn this low IQ!)
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« Reply #39 on: January 29, 2013, 11:16:56 AM »

Than why did the Apostles as the Scriptures actually and faptically relate -not as you would like- say that? Why did they ask if the guy's personal sin was that which caused him to be born blind?

Ok, in case people are wondering about FlickFlack's IP (not IQ), I can officially attest to his being Romanian or (less likely) Sardinian. Latin ct>pt only in these languages. That's forensic linguistics for you.

PS There's a chance he might be writing from a different country, but his mother tongue is Romanian, for sure.   
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« Reply #40 on: January 29, 2013, 11:21:39 AM »

Than why did the Apostles as the Scriptures actually and faptically relate -not as you would like- say that? Why did they ask if the guy's personal sin was that which caused him to be born blind?

Ok, in case people are wondering about FlickFlack's IP (not IQ), I can officially attest to his being Romanian or (less likely) Sardinian. Latin ct>pt only in these languages. That's forensic linguistics for you.

PS There's a chance he might be writing from a different country, but his mother tongue is Romanian, for sure.   

You beat me to it. The way he's been in various threads I've been wondering if he hasn't been evangelised by Romanian baptists or the like (he could even be one - wouldn't be the first time I've seen them claiming to be Orthodox as a ploy - but I'd prefer to take his claim to be Orthodox at face value for the moment).

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« Reply #41 on: January 29, 2013, 11:23:53 AM »

How could someone sin before his birth and why didn't Jesus or the evangelist refute this view to remove the benefit of the doubt?

No one can sin before his birth - such an idea would have been altogether alien to the mentality of a 1st century Palestinian Jew, just as it is alien to the mindset of any Orthodox Christian. People simply do not exist before they are born.

Than why did the Apostles as the Scriptures actually and faptically relate -not as you would like- say that? Why did they ask if the guy's personal sin was that which caused him to be born blind?

What does "faptically" mean? (Darn this low IQ!)

Factually.
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« Reply #42 on: January 29, 2013, 11:27:17 AM »

How could someone sin before his birth and why didn't Jesus or the evangelist refute this view to remove the benefit of the doubt?

No one can sin before his birth - such an idea would have been altogether alien to the mentality of a 1st century Palestinian Jew, just as it is alien to the mindset of any Orthodox Christian. People simply do not exist before they are born.

Than why did the Apostles as the Scriptures actually and faptically relate -not as you would like- say that? Why did they ask if the guy's personal sin was that which caused him to be born blind?

What does "faptically" mean? (Darn this low IQ!)

Faptic.

That's factual or actual in English. Are you expecting the non-Romanian speakers to translate your words for you?

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« Reply #43 on: January 29, 2013, 11:30:31 AM »

Than why did the Apostles as the Scriptures actually and faptically relate -not as you would like- say that? Why did they ask if the guy's personal sin was that which caused him to be born blind?

Ok, in case people are wondering about FlickFlack's IP (not IQ), I can officially attest to his being Romanian or (less likely) Sardinian. Latin ct>pt only in these languages. That's forensic linguistics for you.

PS There's a chance he might be writing from a different country, but his mother tongue is Romanian, for sure.    

You beat me to it. The way he's been in various threads I've been wondering if he hasn't been evangelised by Romanian baptists or the like (he could even be one - wouldn't be the first time I've seen them claiming to be Orthodox as a ploy - but I'd prefer to take his claim to be Orthodox at face value for the moment).

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« Reply #44 on: January 29, 2013, 11:34:37 AM »

Oy vey.  Roll Eyes

What's "going on" is that you're asking all these questions and then attacking anyone who dares to respond to you.
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