An Irish Welcome

Céad Míle Fáilte friend and rover ...
Wherever you come from and whosoever you may be.
That's an Irish greeting and it means

you are welcome
a thousand times over.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Keeping it simple: ‎"One Lord, one faith, one baptism."

Truth is simple, and without confusion or contradictions. Truth is absolute, and not subject to change. There is no such thing as relative truth (relativism): God is the Truth:
The Truth is not an abstract idea or thought. The Truth is a Person. I am the Truth,Christ announced. He did not say,"I came to tell you a few nice things about truth to help you along" He said; I am the Way & the Truth & the Life! (John 14:16)
Same Lord, yet diametrically opposed beliefs?
Same Lord, different Christological teaching?
Same Lord, different doctrine?
Same Lord, different spirit?
Same Lord, different faith?
Same Lord, different practices?
Same Lord, different mind-sets/accord?
Same Lord, different accountability?
Same Lord, different voice?
Same Lord, different ecclesiology?
Same Lord, different theology?
Same Lord, different soteriological teachings/methods of salvation, purity, enlightenment etc.?

"Is Christ divided?" (1 Cor 1:13)

No, then why do some dismember Him?

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;" (Heb 13:8)

Why do some wish to change His teachings and way, to their teachings and ways?

"These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication" (Acts 1:14) "that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;" (Phil 1:27)

God is not an author of confusion; a revealer of contradicting beliefs; a giver of deception; a skitso, lunatic, liar and ever-changing, watered down mere man with no authority, but fully Perfect-God and fully Perfect-Man, Who does not teach diametrically opposed beliefs, or create warring factions/sects and heresies...

"you should earnestly contend for the faith which was once and for all delivered unto the saints." (Jude 1:3)
  • 'THE FAITH' = Singular, 1;t
  • 'WAS' = it 'was' given... describing a specific event/point of time in history, a revelation in the past.
  • 'ONCE' = A 1 time event that has already taken place once.
  • 'AND FOR ALL DELIVERED' = this event/revelation has not, will not and cannot take place again.
  • 'UNTO THE SAINTS' = the lower case 's' saints, refers to those who are baptized/chrismated and members of His One, Holy Universal, Apostolic Church and unchanged faith. It is these saints (believers, Orthodox Christians), who hold unto the ancient, unchanged, original faith, which does not change as time goes by, for it is timeless and perfect.
Same Lord, separate paths/ways?

ONE WAY = "I AM The Way, The Truth and the Life" (John 14:6)

Remember... Our and Saviour Jesus Christ and His Apostles warned us, that even if an angel was to come and preach "another gospel" to reject him, and let him and his teaching be "anathema" (eternally damned).  Elsewhere we are warned of false prophets, false apostles, false brethren and false Christ's... And today's 40,000+, 'Christian' sects/ideologies, do just that, teach a false doctrine which promotes a false Christ and another 'way'.

His Holy Word also warns us strictly, against giving private interpretations and not holding fast to Sacred Tradition, and Sound/Orthodox Doctrine. Therefore, we must be very careful/vigilant and 'wise as serpent', having discernment, and seeking guidance, just as the Ethiopian Eunuch did, with Apostle Philip in the Book of Acts. 

Are We Living In The End Times?

- by Monk Moses the Athonite

In todays pursuits there is a strong demonology, antichristology and eschatology, which unfortunately is established on a false foundation. Extremism, setting dates for the end of the world, reports about the birth of the Antichrist and so on, create terror and fear in the souls of Christians, which is improper and undesirable. Some talk more about the Antichrist and less about Christ. Their permanent occupation is the interpretation of the times. Many who are wise and prudent are concerned for the great concerns of the people. Every news story which confirms their suspicions becomes their permanent concern. We do not consider this overreaction normal.
People have abandoned the war against the unnatural passions and the cultivation of the natural virtues to engage all day with fantasies, fears, superstitions and the possibility of any magic performed on them, worrying if perhaps they acquired a certain number. They have forgotten study, prayer, good works, repentance, and the sacramental life of the Church in their struggle with subjective explanations and outlandish theories. These topics distance one from the essence, from the basis, and from the joy of spiritual life and lead people in a dark demonic labyrinth.

In saying this, we do not mean to say that there is nothing going on. We are not talking in favor of unhealthy complacency, or laziness, or being mislead, or indifference. There is definitely a need for wakefulness, for standing up, for upliftment, for courage, and for resistance to what is unholy, untrue and dishonest. The freedom of the human person is very important and should always and everywhere be defended in every way. All our attention should turn to what is essential, vital and true in themselves. Unfortunately many people are afraid to embrace truth, to see their internal nakedness. This is why they want to deal with what has personal benefits.
People today are anxious that perhaps they may not be able to use their spoons and forks, because they will not have anything to eat. They gather food for the difficult days ahead. Even without a date for the end? With what joy will they eat when their brethren around them are dying of hunger? Did not Christ teach the "Our Father"? Does it not say "give us this day"? In other words, even Christians are interested only in chewing? It is important to carefully see where the militancy of our Christians goes. Do not give these ironic lurkers who do not fear God, who lately have increased, the occasion to laugh.

We are judged by our choices. We have a responsibility for our choices. There is a necessary need for study, knowledge, experience, enlightenment and advice. Let me say it again. We all need sincere repentance, a healthy change, a change of mind, a new way of life, a new culture, another destination, a different goal, a higher aim, a meaningful life. Honorableness, righteousness, and honesty can return to this wretched place.
If the much debated citizenship card deprives us of our freedoms, then of course we should not receive it, obeying the decisions of the Church. But we should not ever have to live with suspicion, fantasies, exaggerations, fanaticism, extremism and factions. Fear, terror, panic and reactionary uprising against everything is not the proper way of spiritual life.
Are we in the end times? Have the signs of the times come? Has the Antichrist set his seal? Has the end of the world come? All will be done according to God's will. The ancient Saint Silouan said: "Even if heaven and earth unite, I will not be afraid." Christ gives believers fearlessness, calmness, hope, optimism and joy. Defeatism, gloom, pessimism and disorder never belongs to Christians.

May the celebrated saints, the Three Hierarchs, illuminate for us the path of discernment.