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Antiochian Orthodox Christian, Computer Programmer and all around geek.


Apr
23
comment What is the Catholic position on ethnic parishes today?
English. But immigrants will often have liturgies in Slavonic, Greek, Arabic, etc.
Apr
23
comment Salvation vs Condemnation: Matthew 12
"For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks." ? It is actually about what is in the heart and words as a manifestation of that.
Apr
23
comment What is the Catholic position on ethnic parishes today?
I'm interested in the answer here. We Orthodox have a similar ethnic 'issue', but we do not have the concept of obligations.
Apr
23
comment Are there any studies on why some doubters quit faith and others double-down on it?
Yes, if you wanted to do a study you'd find it has to do with the reason for belief to begin with. Those who 'go along with the crowd' or believe for a negative reason - such as to go against a person or society - are those most likely to lose faith in times of doubt rather than redouble it. The parable of the sower is the quintessential 'study' on this one.
Apr
23
answered What is the “path” of a prayer?
Apr
23
comment Salvation vs Condemnation: Matthew 12
You're looking at it the wrong way. What does it mean to blaspheme the Holy Spirit? It is not the words that matter but the state of the heart; if you reject the Holy Spirit you reject him who sent him, the Son, and if you reject the Son, you reject the Father. What I mean then is rejecting the Son ultimately amounts to blaspheming the Holy Spirit, because it is the Spirit who testifies to the Son and rejecting the Son is disregarding or gainsaying what the Spirit says, thus rejecting Him.
Apr
23
answered Salvation vs Condemnation: Matthew 12
Apr
23
comment Christian Position on the meaning of Faith
I like this answer, but it still doesn't quite address two points: 1. Abraham following orders that are ostensibly wicked, 2. The Faith of/in Jesus Christ. Does faith reach then, beyond the revelation itself in some way? And what is the significance of Jesus Christ here, as opposed to the generic term 'God'?
Apr
23
comment Did Thomas touch Jesus's side?
This I do not know. You would have to find the writer of the Hymns for Thomas Sunday (Antipascha) - these are the Stichera for Vespers of the evening before. I do not know how old they are, only that as a rule of thumb stuff doesn't get in the hymnography of the stichera that isn't kosher.
Apr
23
answered Did Thomas touch Jesus's side?
Apr
23
comment Are there “rational” criteria for which books appear in the Bible?
@warren: the Fathers at the time were pretty sure Paul wrote it (he may have written it in a disguised fashion) and so they considered it genuine. It may also be that it was collaborative.
Apr
23
comment Christian Position on the meaning of Faith
though I'm hoping for an answer that addresses some of my questions.
Apr
23
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Apr
20
comment Christian Position on the meaning of Faith
I'm asking for a definition which answers my questions, which include questions often posed by agnostics and atheists about faith. Most answers are fragmentary on the topic, like asking 'what is the Nous'?
Apr
20
comment Christian Position on the meaning of Faith
I think there can be a unitary answer to all of this, but those are all aspects that need to be covered by the answer, even if implicitly. So quoting a single scripture is insufficient (since there is difference between scriptures on the matter.)
Apr
20
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Apr
20
asked Christian Position on the meaning of Faith
Apr
20
answered Counterarguments to “Numerology”?
Apr
20
comment Are there “rational” criteria for which books appear in the Bible?
I wish! I would have to dig through what I've read - its from a myriad of sources and some of it is synthesis based on reading disparate sources.
Apr
20
comment What if we were not tempted by the devil but rather, we failed God's test?
here is a good place to start oca.org/questions/dailylife/…