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Orthodox Christian (Religion)

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  • Why I’m Not A Universalist

    10/28/2020 12:12:21 PM PDT · by NRx
    Ancient Insights ^ | 09-18-2020 | Codex Justinianeus
    Icon of the Last Judgement (probably my favorite one!) Date: September 18, 2020Author: Codex Justinianeus 6 Comments This is an article that I’ve been meaning to write for some time now, and the reason I’m choosing to do it now is really this: I think most defenses of “anti-universalism” coming out of Orthodox circles are incredibly weak and also uncharitable to our brothers and sisters who do support belief in universalism. This post is not so much an attempt to “prove” myself correct in this dispute, though I certainly do hope to do that, but rather my main intention...
  • Should Christians participate in Halloween?

    10/28/2020 11:47:55 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 27, 2020 | Should Christians participate in Halloween?
    Every October, Christians trash each other on social media over Halloween. Is it harmless costumes and candy? Participation in the occult, cavorting with demons? Co-opting a pagan holiday? Christians believe demons are real. The Bible talks about them. Most Christians agree that you should stay away from them. Fallen angels lurking in your kid’s candy bag might freak out a Christian mom or dad. And the stranger-sabotaged candy scares of the 1980s still haunt some parents. Halloween remains popular among American Christians. Yet this stalking sense of the demonic has some churches holding sanitized “harvest festival” events, away from the...
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans

    10/28/2020 6:50:34 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    NewAdvent.org ^ | 120 AD | Ignatius of Antioch
    Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Church of God the Father, and of the beloved Jesus Christ, which has through mercy obtained every kind of gift, which is filled with faith and love, and is deficient in no gift, most worthy of God, and adorned with holiness: the Church which is at Smyrna, in Asia, wishes abundance of happiness, through the immaculate Spirit and word of God. Chapter 1. Thanks to God for your faith I Glorify God, even Jesus Christ, who has given you such wisdom. For I have observed that you are perfected in an immoveable...
  • Mathi Returns Home to Iraq’s Nineveh Plains

    10/27/2020 1:42:13 AM PDT · by xomething · 1 replies
    missionsbox ^ | 10/11/2020
    When the so-called Islamic State (IS) took over their town, Qaraqosh in northern Iraq, Mathi and his family had no choice but to flee. He, his wife Nazik and their six children fled to safety – they knew that their Christian faith made them extremely vulnerable. Five years later, thanks to support from Christian charity Open Doors, they have been able to return home. https://missionsbox.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Mathi-Returns-Home-to-Iraqs-Nineveh-Plains.mp4 My name is Mathi Habib Khodor and I have six children. In 2014 we were forcibly displaced from our city Qaraqosh (by Islamic State). But in 2017 our city was liberated. When I returned to...
  • New calls for US sanctions on Turkey for Christian persecution

    10/27/2020 1:34:40 AM PDT · by xomething · 3 replies
    CNA ^ | 10/17/2020 | Christine Rousselle
    Christian human rights leaders have called on the Trump administration to issue sanctions on Turkey in response to its actions in the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict, and warned that Turkish actions were guided by "animus" against Christians. The calls came during a panel discussion, hosted by the group In Defence of Christians Friday, titled “Turkey is Committing Another Christian Genocide. Why is the Trump Administration Silent?” The event focused on Turkish actions in the recent conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The historic conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has reignited in recent weeks. The two countries, formerly part of the Soviet Union (USSR),...
  • Why this evangelical couple became Eastern Orthodox (part 1) - from Southern Baptist to Orthodox

    10/26/2020 6:10:50 AM PDT · by Cronos · 175 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 24 October 2020 | Brandon Showalter
    Evangelicalism was not enough for Joel and Stephanie Dunn, though they come from several generations of Baptists. And in desperate pursuit of God, they wound up amid candles, incense, beautifully-painted wooden icons, and Divine Liturgy — in the communion of saints whose lives they now say have provided the medicine for their sin-sick souls. For the Dunns, things came to a head in 2016 when they realized that their current faith tradition, Southern Baptist, was inadequate. They were received into the Eastern Orthodox Church in 2018. Having been in the church for over a year, they were catechized for about...
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans

    10/26/2020 5:59:28 AM PDT · by Cronos
    NewAdvent.org ^ | 120 AD | Ignatius of Antioch
    Greeting Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Church of God the Father, and of the beloved Jesus Christ, which has through mercy obtained every kind of gift, which is filled with faith and love, and is deficient in no gift, most worthy of God, and adorned with holiness: the Church which is at Smyrna, in Asia, wishes abundance of happiness, through the immaculate Spirit and word of God. Chapter 1. Thanks to God for your faith I Glorify God, even Jesus Christ, who has given you such wisdom. For I have observed that you are perfected in an...
  • Christian Charity Does Not Indulge Sins: Ukrainian Hierarch Comments on Pope’s Support for Gay Civil Unions

    10/24/2020 6:11:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/23/20
    Pope Francis’ recent statement in support of gay civil unions contains a number of inconsistences and contradictions to Christian teaching, His Eminence Metropolitan Anthony of Boryspil and Brovary, the Chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, said yesterday. In a new documentary, “Francesco,” released on Wednesday, Pope Francis said: “Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be rejected or be made miserable over it.” However, “There are already a number of contradictions in this one phrase,” Met. Anthony said in comments to the Ukrainian...
  • Is the Pope Catholic?

    10/24/2020 5:50:05 PM PDT · by NRx · 55 replies
    Monomakhos ^ | 10-22-2020 | Staff
    Well, that’s a rhetorical question that bites the dust. Like Rick and Ilsa in Casablanca who will “forever will have Paris”, bears will continue to do what they do in the woods but I’m not so sure you can say the same thing about the pope. I’m bewildered at the dizzying pace in which Pope Francis is giving away the store. And make no mistake, the recognition of civil unions for homosexuals is so “yesterday” that it really doesn’t make sense to be talking about it at this juncture. Except on this level: eventually, the Catholic Church will go full...
  • Metropolitan of Corfu Found Innocent of Inciting Quarantine Violations, Trial Continues for Serving Liturgy on Palm Sunday

    10/23/2020 7:31:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/21/20 | 10/21/20
    His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios of Corfu of the Greek Orthodox Church was found not guilty today on one of the two counts brought against him. His trial opened on Monday, concerning supposed violations of pandemic restrictions in the spring. In his homily on the feast of the Annunciation, March 25, the Metropolitan called for the faithful to go to church and receive Holy Communion, thereby violating the ban on going out. He also came under fire when about 20 people attended and received Holy Communion at the Divine Liturgy for the feast of Palm Sunday, and processed with the relics...
  • Russian Church: Christianity Is Not the Same as Marxism

    10/23/2020 4:05:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Orthodox Times ^ | 10/20/20 | Kostas Onisenko
    The differences between Christianity and Marxism were pointed out by the deputy head of the Russian Church’s communication with society and the media, political philosopher Aleksandr Shchipkov, during a television program. The comment was about the views according to which these two concepts are being compared. “The understanding of social justice in Christianity and Marxism is radically different,” Shipkov said. According to Marxism, any material inequality leads to the rise of capital and exploitation, which ultimately leads to the denial of personal property, to its violent removal / abduction from the man, Shipkov stated. “Christianity, on the other hand, recognizes...
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philadelphians

    10/23/2020 1:19:07 AM PDT · by Cronos · 6 replies
    NewAdvent.org ^ | 120 AD | Ignatius of Antioch
    Greeting Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Church of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, which is at Philadelphia, in Asia, which has obtained mercy, and is established in the harmony of God, and rejoices unceasingly in the passion of our Lord, and is filled with all mercy through his resurrection; which I salute in the blood of Jesus Christ, who is our eternal and enduring joy, especially if [men] are in unity with the bishop, the presbyters, and the deacons, who have been appointed according to the mind of Jesus Christ, whom He has established...
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Romans

    10/22/2020 3:49:26 AM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    NewAdvent.org ^ | 120 AD | Ignatius of Antioch
    Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Church which has obtained mercy, through the majesty of the Most High Father, and Jesus Christ, His only-begotten Son; the Church which is beloved and enlightened by the will of Him that wills all things which are according to the love of Jesus Christ our God, which also presides in the place of the region of the Romans, worthy of God, worthy of honour, worthy of the highest happiness, worthy of praise, worthy of obtaining her every desire, worthy of being deemed holy, and which presides over love, is named from Christ,...
  • When Courage & Faith Intersect

    10/21/2020 8:48:41 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Monomakhos ^ | 10-19-2020 | John Ma’ae
    The Holy Hierarch-Martyr Metropolitan Benjamin of Petrograd [St. Petersburg], who in 1922 became a martyr of Christ to Communist terror, said at his trial… “I do not know what sentence you will pass upon me—life or death—yet whatever your pronouncement, I will raise my eyes upward with the same reverence, make the sign of the Cross (here he crossed himself broadly) and say, “Glory to Thee, O Lord God, for all things!” Then he was shot.
  • Epistle of Ignatius of Antioch to the Trallians {Church history}

    10/21/2020 2:17:09 AM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    NewAdvent.org ^ | 112 AD | Ignatius of Antioch
    Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the holy Church which is at Tralles, in Asia, beloved of God, the Father of Jesus Christ, elect, and worthy of God, possessing peace through the flesh, and blood, and passion of Jesus Christ, who is our hope, through our rising again to Him, which also I salute in its fullness, and in the apostolic character, and wish abundance of happiness. Chapter 1. Acknowledgment of their excellence I know that you possess an unblameable and sincere mind in patience, and that not only in present practice, but according to inherent nature, as Polybius...
  • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians

    10/20/2020 12:18:56 AM PDT · by Cronos · 4 replies
    NewAdvent.org ^ | 150 AD | Ignatius of Antioch
    Greeting Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the [Church] blessed in the grace of God the Father, in Jesus Christ our Saviour, in whom I salute the Church which is at Magnesia, near the Mæander, and wish it abundance of happiness in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ. Chapter 1. Reason of writing the epistle Having been informed of your godly love, so well-ordered, I rejoiced greatly, and determined to commune with you in the faith of Jesus Christ. For as one who has been thought worthy of the most honourable of all names, in those bonds which...
  • Epistle of Ignatius of Antioch to the Ephesians {Church history}

    10/18/2020 2:45:12 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    NewAdvent.org ^ | 117 AD | Saint Ignatius
    Greeting Ignatius, who is also called Theophorus, to the Church which is at Ephesus, in Asia, deservedly most happy, being blessed in the greatness and fullness of God the Father, and predestinated before the ages of time, that it should be always for an enduring and unchangeable glory, being united and elected through the true passion by the will of the Father, and Jesus Christ, our God: Abundant happiness through Jesus Christ, and His undefiled grace. Chapter 1. Praise of the Ephesians I have become acquainted with your name, much-beloved in God, which you have acquired by the habit of...
  • Saint Ignatius of Antioch (50 to 117 AD) - Apostolic Father and Bishop of Antioch (Syria)

    10/18/2020 2:39:25 AM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    NewAdvent.org ^ | 2002 | NewAdvent
    Also called Theophorus (ho Theophoros); born in Syria, around the year 50; died at Rome between 98 and 117. By Anonymous - Chatzidakis. Byzantine Art in Greece, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38028471 More than one of the earliest ecclesiastical writers have given credence, though apparently without good reason, to the legend that Ignatius was the child whom the Savior took up in His arms, as described in Mark 9:35. It is also believed, and with great probability, that, with his friend Polycarp, he was among the auditors of the Apostle St. John. If we include St. Peter, Ignatius was the third Bishop...
  • Historic church in Turkey demolished

    10/10/2020 11:37:57 AM PDT · by xomething · 17 replies
    wng.org ^ | 09/03/20 | Mindy Beiz
    INTERNATIONAL | President Recep Tayyip Erdogan works to Islamize Christian sites TURKEY: The Turkish Islamic Foundation destroyed the historic St. Georgios Greek Orthodox Church in Bursa on Wednesday, seven years after local officials transferred the property to the group’s control. Authorities emptied Bursa of its Greek Orthodox population a century ago, and the church became a mosque in the 1920s. But in 2006 it was restored and for years served as a focal point for Greek-Turkish exchange and reconciliation, then was closed and lapsed into disrepair once the foundation took over. It follows a campaign by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...
  • The First Church Built in Turkish Territory Since 1923 Erected in Record Time

    10/08/2020 6:03:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 9/24/20
    Istanbul (Agenzia Fides) - In the year in which in Istanbul the Turkish authorities authorize the re-use for Islamic worship of the ancient Christian basilica of Hagia Sofia and of the ancient church of San Salvatore in Chora, on the outskirts of the same city, the construction of the first church built from scratch in Turkish territory since 1923, the year of the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey, was completed in record time. This is the church dedicated to St. Ephrem, erected in a few months at the request of the local Syriac Orthodox community in the Yesilkoy district...