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Are we all Children of God?

Yes, we are all children of God.
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No, we are not children of God.
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No, only those of us who are baptized are sons of God.
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Are we all Children of God?
« on: August 19, 2014, 09:47:46 PM »

Consider your priest. Is he more likely to sponsor an ecumenical retreat with Moslems and Jews, or to declare from the pulpit that ecumenism is a diabolical deceit?

Well, we don't usually have pulpits (although the Greeks sometimes do).  I don't even know what we would do at an ecumenical retreat with Muslims and Jews.  If we were making pancakes to raise money to bring peace in the Middle East, I don't know why our parish wouldn't participate in that.  But we wouldn't be about to have some kind of service in which we try to syncretize the Hadith with the Protoevangelion of James, or some such.  That has never happened and it just wouldn't happen.  Now, be aware that some of our hierarchs live in lands where Muslims run the government, and some of those Muslims actively want to kill Orthodox Christians.  And a subset of them are doing so now, quite effectively.  It is therefore in the interest of those hierarchs to befriend the Muslim rulers of those lands (this was the case in Ottoman Turkey from 1453 to 1922, by the way), and to highlight the commonalities of faith between Orthodox Christianity and faith X with them.  That is not so that we can say "we are all the same."  It is instead to help those people see the good in us, so that they don't want to kill us.  And it is also to help our people not to hate those people, but to see that they, too, are Children of God, with at least some truth, although not the fullness of truth that we have in Orthodoxy, and to better love our neighbor as ourselves.

Per Yury's post above, we are all Children of God. Yet, Jewish Voice says that God did not have any children.
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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2014, 10:07:37 PM »
I said no as a Muslim I believe that humans are created by God but not his children. I'm a child of Adam and his off spring which has a soul that one day be resurrected on the day of judgement. 

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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2014, 12:44:17 AM »
Gal 3:26 KJV

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For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

If St. Paul says that we are children of God  by faith in Christ Jesus through Holy Baptism, how can Jews and Muslims also be "children of God" as the Roman Catholic Church erroneously claims.



« Last Edit: August 20, 2014, 12:45:05 AM by Maria »
The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart,
Translated from the Russian by E. Kadloubovksy and G.E.H. Palmer, Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1992 printing.

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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2014, 01:01:49 AM »
Gal 3:26 KJV

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For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

If St. Paul says that we are children of God  by faith in Christ Jesus through Holy Baptism, how can Jews and Muslims also be "children of God" as the Roman Catholic Church erroneously claims.

What about Psalm 82:6?
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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2014, 01:38:33 AM »
If you're baptized by your parents as a child and grow up going to church then yes.

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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2014, 02:10:48 PM »
Gal 3:26 KJV

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For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

If St. Paul says that we are children of God  by faith in Christ Jesus through Holy Baptism, how can Jews and Muslims also be "children of God" as the Roman Catholic Church erroneously claims.

What about Psalm 82:6?

'You are gods, and all of you are children of the Most High" Psalm 82:6 KJV

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Translated from the Russian by E. Kadloubovksy and G.E.H. Palmer, Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1992 printing.

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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2014, 02:22:43 PM »
I was taught that we are all God's creation and as Orthodox Christians His children by adoption.

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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2014, 02:35:47 PM »
I was taught that we are all God's creation and as Orthodox Christians His children by adoption.

Isn't it by Holy Baptism that we are adopted as children of God?

And aren't we fed and nourished with Holy Communion?

So, how can the Roman Catholic Church and Ecumenists say that Muslims are children of God?
The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2014, 02:37:31 PM »
I was taught that we are all God's creation and as Orthodox Christians His children by adoption.

Isn't it by Holy Baptism that we are adopted as children of God?

And aren't we fed and nourished with Holy Communion?

So, how can the Roman Catholic Church and Ecumenists say that Muslims are children of God?

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Vain existence can never exist, for "unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain." (Psalm 127)

If the faith is unchanged and rock solid, then the gates of Hades never prevailed in the end.

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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2014, 03:23:51 PM »
Please go to http://www.jmm.org.au/articles/3292.htm again.

In the middle of that article, it is mentioned that by our Baptism we become Children of God.
The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2014, 03:33:56 PM »
"We are all created by God and as such we are all brothers and sisters. We have the same heavenly Father, whatever we call him." 
- His All Holiness Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch

That is good enough for me.

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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2014, 03:52:14 PM »
I think we're all children of God. After being Baptized we have the fullness of His fatherhood( or of our sonship/daughtership).
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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2014, 03:53:49 PM »
"We are all created by God and as such we are all brothers and sisters. We have the same heavenly Father, whatever we call him." 
- His All Holiness Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch

That is good enough for me.

However, the EP is not the Pope, so he is not infallible.  ;D  ::)
The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2014, 04:09:12 PM »
No

Being children of God implies that He is our Father and contrary to what some Evangelicals who drop the term incessantly, it's a serious thing and a privilege.

Don't we in the Liturgy implore God "for the Grace to call upon you as Father..." before beginning the Lord's Prayer?

Sonship comes through Baptism and living the Sacramental life of the Church.

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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2014, 04:10:34 PM »
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Because of the Incarnation of the Son of God, because the
fullness of God has inhabited human flesh, being joined to Christ
means that it is again possible to experience deification, the
fulfillment of our human destiny. That is, through union with Christ,
we become by grace what God is by nature-we ‘become children of God’

(John 1:12). His deity interpenetrates our humanity.

Please go to http://www.jmm.org.au/articles/3292.htm.

Thus through our Holy Baptism and Holy Communion, we become Children of God.
The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2014, 04:12:33 PM »
So basically this poll and thread was an excuse for you to tell anyone who disagrees with you that they are wrong.


Got it.
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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2014, 04:13:39 PM »

Don't we in the Liturgy implore God "for the Grace to call upon you as Father..." before beginning the Lord's Prayer?

Sonship comes through Baptism and living the Sacramental life of the Church.

Agreed, and with sonship comes the honor to be called "children of God." However, we must be careful not to lose that honor and keep our baptismal garments clean and spotless.
The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2014, 04:14:26 PM »
So basically this poll and thread was an excuse for you to tell anyone who disagrees with you that they are wrong.


Got it.

I did not vote immediately. Frankly, I was not sure.

In fact, I waited more than three hours to vote.
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The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2014, 04:18:09 PM »
In fact, I waited more than three hours to vote.

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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2014, 04:23:21 PM »
"We are all created by God and as such we are all brothers and sisters. We have the same heavenly Father, whatever we call him." 
- His All Holiness Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch

That is good enough for me.

However, the EP is not the Pope, so he is not infallible.  ;D  ::)

Neither is the Pope.  But of course neither is always wrong, either. 

However, the EP was until recently my Patriarch.  He is still First Among Equals in my communion.   I have read his writings and take much inspiration from him.   

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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2014, 04:27:20 PM »
Genesis 6 made reference to the sons of God.  A lot of ancient Jewish commentators had no problem with that referring to the sons of Seth, which seems to be, according to tradition, what we all are.
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Re: Are we all Children of God?
« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2014, 05:02:22 PM »
No

Being children of God implies that He is our Father and contrary to what some Evangelicals who drop the term incessantly, it's a serious thing and a privilege.

Don't we in the Liturgy implore God "for the Grace to call upon you as Father..." before beginning the Lord's Prayer?

Sonship comes through Baptism and living the Sacramental life of the Church.

Very true.