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Generally, Orthodox weddings are prohibited on at least the following days: Great Lent (variable) Holy Week (variable) Pascha (variable) Pentecost (variable) The Apostle's Fast (variable-June 29) The Dormition Fast (August 1-15) The Beheading of St. John the Baptist (August 29) Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) Nativity Fast (November 14-December ...


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Probably the only entities capable of figuring out the span and frequency of baptismal names, at least since September 1st, 1979 (a liturgical new year), are the Registry Department of each Archdiocese. You could try contacting them individually, although it's possible that their records are not digitized, in which case it would take a lot of effort to ...


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John 15:26 seems to be the basis upon which the Eastern Orthodox Church believes the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father alone. Here is a partial quote from an article regarding the Eastern Orthodox teaching about the Filioque, although it should be noted that it makes no reference to any biblical text: The position of the Eastern Orthodox Church ...


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Looking back many decades ago when I was a computer science student like yourself I was under the same predicament. I didn't see the fallacy of my concern, that I put too much emphasis on matters of secondary importance, i.e. my incomplete and subjective theological, historical, and philosophical understanding of the Christian faith and institutions. I was ...


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Very simply put, your assumption here is wrong: ... founded by Jesus Christ, and outside of which there is no salvation. Similarly numerous Protestant groups claim that if you don't adhere to their interpretations of scripture, you're most certainly hellbound. Salvation is in Jesus Christ, not the church. As a result of sin, everything on this earth ...


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But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. (John 15:26, NKJV) Western Christians tend to interpret the sending and proceeding mentioned in this verse as referring to the same thing, but early theologians such as St. Gregory of Nazianzus who taught on this ...


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“well our saints perform miracles, and I’ve witnessed some of these miracles,” because the same holds true in Roman Catholicism, Oriental Orthodoxy, Assyrian Orthodoxy, and even non-Christian religions, and they can’t all be right. Thus you ought to have noticed that what is a saving faith is very broad compared to the denominations. I am Protestant and I ...


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These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11 KJV There is a simple way to know which church to follow and if it teaches based on the scriptures: Scriptures teaches Salvation through faith in Christ (Rom 10:9-10) ...


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All forms of Christianity have to, at some point, base their beliefs in the Bible. If the Bible isn't true, then why are you bothering with any of its tenets, etc? And my problem is this: why must I become a historical and theological scholar to believe in Jesus? You don't need a theological degree to read the Bible. Indeed, most of its teachings are ...


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I think that there's really only one thing you can do: ask God to guide you and help you find the truth and then follow whatever thoughts and feelings He gives you. That should include to some degree doing your homework of studying scripture and trying to align yourself to people and organizations that fit your best understanding of God's will. At the same ...


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I understand your plight completely, as I underwent it myself some years ago. I would hear a person say something, but then recall scripture that says completely otherwise. How can we really trust any man whatsoever to give us the truth? How do we know we are not being deceived or misled? The answer is that you can't, there is no man alive today that you ...


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Church membership, baptism, circumcision, obedience, theology, self sacrifice, and being a good person does not save anyone. God saves sinners by grace through faith in Jesus. Salvation is a gift to be received and not social club to become a member of. Consider these verses: 13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of ...


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I can't speak for what each denomination/Church or individual believer may mean by "one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church", but my understanding is that this phrase refers to the universal Church, not any individual denomination/Church. Though, to qualify that, the "apostolic" portion of that statement might be claimed by individual denominations/...


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The sets of rituals and dogmas of each church are certainly less important than how we conduct our lives, both living our faith in the message of Christ; and living in the community with our neighbors (to use the biblical term) and the creation. The respective claims of being the only true church are pretty obviously vehicles of maintaining power and ...


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The Eastern Orthodox Church, like other churches today, teaches that in order to be saved, a person must confess sinfulness and trust in Jesus’s ability to cleanse from sin, in order to go to heaven. In other words, hell is the problem, and the solution is to get rid of the sins which caused a person's destination to be that hell. However the problem ...


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There is a core set of beliefs that all branches of Christianity hold in common - such as Jesus being both God and man, dying on the cross for us, rising from the dead, and one day returning to end the world. And there are the things that different denominations hold different views on, but still consider each other as fellow Christians - episcopal vs ...


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To see what constitutes the real Church, see if it has the following marks, enumerated in the 381 A.D. Nicene-Constantinople Creed (DZ 85-86), which professes the Church to be one (unity) holy Catholic (καθολικός = universal, in space and time) apostolic (having a lineage back to the apostles) St. Robert Bellarmine enumerates 15 marks in his On the Marks ...


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