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The Internet is “upon us” (Literally)!

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The Internet is “upon us” (Literally)!

The Internet has steadily infiltrated our lives, given that so many people are using it nowadays. However, it appears that the contemporary young generation are users to such a degree that one could speak of an addiction to it (much like the dependence on addictive substances such as drugs and alcohol), as well as the need to be purged of the addiction with the help of a psychologist.

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About Blasphemy by Saint John Chrysostom

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About Blasphemy by Saint John Chrysostom

There is nothing worse than blasphemy! No sin can be compared with it. Nothing else enrages God so much, as for His name to be blasphemed. For this no one should either be negligent and be swayed himself, but neither should he be indifferent, if he hears his friend or his enemy blaspheming. This sin increases all the evils, disturbs and confuses our whole life and in the end prepares for us unending hell and unbearable punishment.

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Let’s recognize God’s gifts

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Let’s recognize God’s gifts

All those who really believe in God accept his attributes as these have been taught to us by the Church: that He created the world; that He loves and cares for His creatures; and that He wants them to be saved. Another of the attributes of God is that He distributes His gifts freely. He is, in other words, the Lord the Giver of Gifts. But do we, His faithful people, really feel this deeply? Do we see it in our lives or is it merely a teaching which we accept in theory and nothing more?

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Why are Premarital Relations Not Allowed?

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Why are Premarital Relations Not Allowed?

How can people be joined together? Well, take two objects for example… How can this microphone be joined to this watch if I don’t hold them both in my hands? Moreso two people. How can they be joined to each other if God doesn’t join them? Just by wanting each other? Wanting isn’t enough…. that’s Humanism: I want you, you want me, but who will join us together?

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Selected Passages from the Teachings of Saint Cosmas of Aitolia

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Selected Passages from the Teachings of Saint Cosmas of Aitolia

It is proper to begin our teaching with God, and when we finish it to thank God – not that I am worthy to mention and utter the name of God, but I am sure that God suffers me to do so through His great and infinite compassion. God, the all-good and most merciful, my brethren, is one, and whoever says that there are many Gods is a devil. He is triune: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; yet one nature, one glory, one kingdom, one God. He is all light, all joy, all compassion, all love.

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Side Effects of Adult Baptism

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Side Effects of Adult Baptism

Were you baptized as an adult? Were you surprised by the way you felt afterwards? Baptism into a new faith is an enormous life change. It is a beautiful and loving act of faith, but like so many beautiful things, it is hard-won, and it does not always lead straight to peace. Like snowflakes, we human beings are all different. No two of us respond to any life event in exactly the same way, and this is true of baptism also. But as the years began to pass after my own baptism and I spoke to other people who converted as adults, I discovered there were things many of us had in common.

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On the Immediate and Ultimate Goals of the Christian Life

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On the Immediate and Ultimate Goals of the Christian Life

When I was in the desert of Scete, where are the most excellent monastic fathers and where all perfection flourishes, in company with the holy father Germanus (who had since the earliest days and commencement of our spiritual service been my closest companion both in the Coenobium and in the desert, so that to show the harmony of our friendship and aims, everybody would say that a single heart and soul existed in our two bodies), I sought out Abbot Moses, who was eminent amid those splendid flowers, not only in practical but also in contemplative excellence, in my anxiety to be grounded by his instruction:

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Church and Time

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Church and Time

The coming of Christ brought the kingdom of God into the world, and the place where the kingdom of God is made mani­fest is the Church. It is the Church that introduces eternity into history and offers history the perspective of eternity. The Church is the Body of Christ, which transcends place and time and joins mankind to a communion that is beyond time, a transcendent communion where all things are present in the Holy Spirit. In the Church, time and the whole cosmos are redeemed. Whatever God has offered to the world is to be found in the Church and passed on to man for his salvation and regeneration.

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An Orthodox Reflection on Truth and Tolerance

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An Orthodox Reflection on Truth and Tolerance

Orthodox Christianity is committed to the truth claim of the Christian Faith. This claim includes the Biblical truth that all human beings are created by God in His image and that Christ is the only Savior of the world. Consequently, Orthodoxy is strongly committed to Christ as the Messiah and to the tolerance of other religious expressions. In this double commitment lies the source of a creative tension for Orthodox Christians involved in the interfaith dialogue and attitudes of the non-Christian religions.

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Charitable Works Abolish Death!

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Charitable Works Abolish Death!

Do you see the power of the apostle, or rather of the Lord who acted through him? Do you see what a reward she received- even in this life- for her good works? Because tell me, what did she give to the widows that was as great a thing as they gave her? She gave them food and clothing, but they brought her back to life and helped her to be released from death. Or rather, not them, but our merciful Lord, because of the services she had rendered them.

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