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    07-14-2017, 10:35 PM
    Lily, you say that you are doing much studying on these topics. Do what the God-bearing Saints of the Christian Church for the past 2000 years offer any points of study for you? Because if one studies what they have to say and their illuminated understanding of the Word of God, then it becomes very clear that in and of itself, it is not a sin to eat animal flesh. It has also never been claimed or taught that Jesus was a vegetarian. This is pure fantasy. It is true that prophets and holy Christian saints did exist who abstained for a time during their adulthood from eating meat, but that was on account of their strict asceticism and spiritual training to control their bodily passions and subdue the desires of the flesh, and categorically NOT because it is a sin to eat animals. You are confusing the two and if you actually studied Christianity and the teachings of its saints, you would know this. Some people's idea of 'studying' the Scriptures really amounts to them trying to find ways to impose their personal beliefs into the Scriptures through proof texting and through innovative interpretations. It is the unfortunate way many modern seekers approach the Christian faith, which is in fact diametrically opposed to the necessary Christian way of humility, and obedience, and it is really a form of pride and arrogance. To make the claims you are making, you are putting yourself above the unanimous consensus of the Saints and against the very Word of God. That is an extremely spiritually dangerous position to place yourself in. Honest study would have given you the answer very quickly in regards to this topic. But because you personally do not like the answer, you continue to 'study' and look for ways to prove your position even against the very explicit teachings of the Scriptures and the holy saints. It is commendable that you have chosen the higher way of abstaining from meat. It truly is a more angelic way to live and if done in the right spirit, is sure to give you a purer heart and great blessings from God.
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    07-14-2017, 12:55 PM
    Well said pscomar. While it is praiseworthy that one has chosen to abstain from consuming animal flesh out of love for God's creation, and it is a blessing indeed and a foretaste of the kingdom to come, nevertheless, any spiritual benefit gained is squandered right away by judging others who do lawfully consume animal flesh in this world. Especially when it involves distorting Scripture and putting one's personal interpretations over the teachings of the Church. The life of humans, who bear the image of God in them and are endowed with the divine breath (Spirit) of God are incomparably more valued and held at higher esteem by God and His angels than are created animals, no matter how cute or innocent the animals are. We should be thankful for creation and all in it, and as good stewards, offer it back to God with reverence and respect and a spirit of thanksgiving. However, those who equate the life of animals to be of equal value with humans or who accuse the brethren for using animals, flesh and all, for sustenance and nutrition, are adding burdens to the backs of their neighbors which God has already lifted and are creating teachings which are foreign to what God has revealed through His prophets, His saints, and His Only begotten Son, Who Himself offered and still offers His own Body and Blood as manna and food for the life of the world.
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    07-12-2017, 05:32 AM
    TER replied to a thread Asking for prayers in Open Discussion
    Hi WP. I am very sorry to hear about what has happened. I can't imagine what you are going through and what you have been through over the past few weeks. I pray your husband finds healing and peace and that you also find comfort and peace. Your husband's situation sounds very critical. It sounds that the most concerning thing at this time is not the damage to the heart muscle, but the injury to the central nervous system, most importantly, his brain. If they are keeping him cooled and sedated to treat the cerebral edema, they are doing the right thing as this is the most important treatment which can be offered at this time. This offers a chance at neurological recovery. Unless he is currently in a small community based hospital with limited specialists, I would strongly not recommend he be moved to another hospital at this time as his situation is very unstable and the transport alone could be devastating. Of course, I don't know all the details, so my recommendation is not the best one you could get. The best recommendation you can get at this time is from the doctors who are currently caring for him. I would follow their recommendations and pray to God that He guides them. Everything at this time is in God's hands. Everything is up to Him. He knows what is needed and the pain you and family are going through better than you yourself know. Put your trust and faith in Him and with tears pray for mercy and comfort. Please pm your husband's name so I can add him to my prayer list. May God grant you peace and understanding.
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    07-02-2017, 10:19 AM
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    Greetings my brothers in Christ, your inbox is full. I will be arriving in Mount Athos tomorrow for a few days. I ask for your prayers for my journey. Also, if there is anyone you wish me to pray for while there before the holy icons and relics of the saints, please send me their name(s). Please delete this and send me a PM.
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    06-30-2017, 01:26 PM
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    06-29-2017, 05:26 AM
    Thank you my friends. :) I can't tell you how humbled I am by your thoughts and prayers. I have had minimal internet access for the last week and will have even less in the next few days. I have the luxury to log on today and saw this thread. By your prayers and the mercy of God, my father is home and okay. Right now, we are taking it day by day and putting our hope and faith in God. Still a daily struggle, especially for my poor mother who has become a full time nurse the past few weeks. Please keep us in your prayers. You are in my prayers as well.
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