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Antiochian Orthodox Christian, Computer Programmer and all around geek.


May
1
comment An open atheist's fate in the middle ages in Europe
political issues were probably more of a concern than simple disbelief (there were probably countless atheists in those days) and not only that, starting a movement against the church and trying to lead others away. Simple declaration of unbelief seems like it would have been met with distaste unless one wanted to make an issue of it.
May
1
answered Do angels still visit us on earth
May
1
answered What does Satan look like?
May
1
comment Which prophecies are fulfilled outside of Scripture?
There are darker interpretations involving certain schisms - arguably, most of American religion is characterized by this very thing, that the very elect are deceived. What they often believe is antithetical to the truth (for instance, oneness Pentecostalism) even though the believers themselves are sincere and often devout.
May
1
comment What were the circumstances behind the loss of the “True Cross?”
It's worth noting, as above, that relics were often fragmented and spread around so that others could benefit from them. At the very least, they had probably been chipping bits off the cross and sending them as gifts - eventually there was a lot of parts of that 'weapon of peace' as we call it, spread all over the world.
May
1
comment How is original sin transmitted?
The orthodox do hold to original sin, but do not hold that it means man's nature changed. That would indicate that man is essentially different, which itself would make the Mother of God or Christ not human as we are human.
May
1
comment Which prophecies are fulfilled outside of Scripture?
Matt. 24:24 ? There are several pretty clear references to 'deceiving even the elect', which a mass apostasy such as what killed 100 million Christians can only be. The soviets were nothing if not makers of false wonders.
May
1
answered How is original sin transmitted?
May
1
comment Which prophecies are fulfilled outside of Scripture?
How about the great apostasy of Russia in the Bolshevik revolution?
May
1
answered Which prophecies are fulfilled outside of Scripture?
Apr
30
comment Catholic view of Biblical saints
Wikis: generally RCC reserves those revealed to the Church as sanctified to be officially dubbed saints. In our tradition, it is held without question that the greatest saints are unknown (except perhaps, the Mother of God) but when we say someone is a saint it has connotations for imitation of their life and acceptance of their words which should make us cautious of throwing the term on any person we admire.
Apr
30
comment What were the circumstances behind the loss of the “True Cross?”
We still have fragments of it... thought it seems, not quite all of it. I would imagine the Crusaders did not have the cross.. there was a tradition of dubious relics in some places, particular suspect are 'whole' relics, as many relics were divided up and spread around for liturgical use.
Apr
30
answered Vacillating passion for Christ
Apr
30
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Apr
30
answered Explanation of slaying demand in Luke
Apr
30
answered Who was Luke in the bible?
Apr
30
answered The “eye of the needle gate” today
Apr
30
comment How is love greater than faith?
The scripture is our witness on this point. God is faithful, but not faith. God is the source and reason for our hope, but he isn't hope. God is holy, but not holiness; God is just, but he is not justice. All of these, only with love do we get God is loving and God is love. And it is John the Divine who said it.
Apr
28
comment Does proclaiming that all non-believers won't be saved count as passing judgement?
Thanks, DT. I prefer the harder questions, myself, since they are usually the questions we come up with at difficult points. Maximus the Confessor has a treatise called 'Ambiguium' which is devoted to this concept, answers to hard questions about scripture.
Apr
28
comment How is love greater than faith?
True, but we're talking about the reason why, of the three divine virtues: faith, hope and love, why love is greatest. The attribution of holiness, justness and other attributes to God is not as entire as the attribution of love, which we are told, most closely of anything speaks of his nature.