Yesterday, 03:02 PM
We most certainly do understand some thing differently. Whether these differences are a matter of life-and-death, God only knows. I make no judgement on that.
I do not disagree that Satan's pride was the major cause of his downfall. What is debatable is whether your opinions of the circumstances and matters above regarding his fall and rebellion are more true or authoratative than the teachings of the ancient Church. As always, I defer to the teachings handed down by the Saints of the Church over what you or I personally think or interpret the truth to be. This is what makes a person an Orthodox Christian.
The legend that God revealed to Satan the future glory of the Theotokos (who is above all Saints in purity and holiness) and which prompted in earnest his rebellion, is neither dogma nor doctrine. In fact, I had never heard it before I read this article! Nevertheless, this legend does not diminish nor contradict any of the other orthodox positions made in this article, nor of the eschatological and soteriological points.
The nice thing about being Orthodox Christian is that I read an article like this above, and I already share in great mutual understanding what this other Orthodox Christian is trying to express and teach. Why? Because we follow not our own wills, or minds, but rather the mind of the Church and teachings handed down by our fathers before us. It is not the whims or opinions of my own mind or this author's own mind, but rather, it is a common faith as handed down through the centuries by God-bearing Saints which have been revealed by the Holy Spirit working within creation. So I can hear about a legend like this and gleam insight from it.
Does it mean this legend is necessarily true? No. Does it mean I need to believe it in order to be an Orthodox Christian in good standing? No. But nevertheless, I can appreciate the deeper and hidden meanings of the faith and our salvation in Christ without having to take a position at all about this legend's historical veracity. And neither would my spiritual father or Bishop force me to make a decision. Much of the faith remains a mystery, and what is dogma is what has been revealed through time and space and in concilliar gatherings of bishops by the work of the Holy Spirit in them, such as in the Ecumenical Councils, as has always been the way which Christ has established such things to be within the life of the Church, starting in the Book of Acts.