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    07-13-2018, 08:30 AM
    It’s hidden in this page, about 60% of the way down. This was the best source I could find on the internet. It’s from his commentary on Psalm 29 http://ia802605.us.archive.org/22/items/fathersofthechur013929mbp/fathersofthechur013929mbp_djvu.txt
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    07-12-2018, 10:13 PM
    No matter how much we may study, it is not possible to come to know God unless we live according to His commandments, for God is not known by science, but by the Holy Spirit. Many philosophers and learned men came to the belief that God exists, but they did not know God. It is one thing to believe that God exists and another to know Him. If someone has come to know God by the Holy Spirit, his soul will burn with love for God day and night, and his soul cannot be bound to any earthly thing. - St. Silouan the Athonite
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    07-12-2018, 10:13 PM
    Many rich and powerful men would pay dearly to see the Lord or His Most Pure Mother, but God does not appear in riches, but in the humble heart... Every one of the poorest men can be humble and come to know God. It need neither money nor reputation to come to know God, but only humility. - St. Silouan the Athonite
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    07-12-2018, 10:12 PM
    As it is impossible to verbally describe the sweetness of honey to one who has never tasted honey, so the goodness of God cannot be clearly communicated by way of teaching if we ourselves are not able to penetrate into the goodness of the Lord by our own experience. - St. Basil the Great
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    07-12-2018, 10:11 PM
    God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or any else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves. - St. John Chrysostom
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    07-12-2018, 10:10 PM
    Truth is not a thought, not a word, not a relationship between things, not a law. Truth is a Person. It is a Being which exceeds all beings and gives life to all. If you seek truth with love and for the sake of love, she will reveal the light of His face to you inasmuch as you are able to bear it without being burned. - St.Nicholas of Serbia
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    07-12-2018, 10:10 PM
    The soul that loves God has its rest in God and in God alone. In all the paths that men walk in in the world, they do not attain peace until they draw nigh to hope in God. - St. Isaac the Syrian
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    07-12-2018, 10:09 PM
    How mistaken are those people who seek happiness outside of themselves, in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures, in diversions and vain things, which have a bitter end! In the same thing to construct the tower of happiness outside of ourselves as it is to build a house in a place that is consistently shaken by earthquakes. Happiness is found within ourselves and blessed is the man who has understood this. Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God. Thus, says Christ of those who have pure hearts: "I will visit them, and will walk in them, and I will be a God to them, and they will be my people." (II Cor. 6:16) What can be lacking to them? Nothing, nothing at all! For they have the greatest good in their hearts: God Himself! - St. Nektarios of Aegina
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    07-12-2018, 10:08 PM
    A certain monk told me that when he was very sick, his mother said to his father, "How our little boy is suffering. I would gladly give myself to be cut up into pieces if that would ease his suffering." Such is the love of God for people. He pitied people so much that he wanted to suffer for them, like their own mother, and even more. But no one can understand this great love without the grace of the Holy Spirit. - St. Silouan the Athonite,
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    07-12-2018, 10:07 PM
    The Lord loves all people, but He loves those who seek Him even more. To his chosen ones the Lord gives such great grace that for love they forsake the whole earth, the whole world, and their souls burn with desire that all people might be saved and see the glory of the Lord. - St. Silouan the Athonite
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    07-12-2018, 11:32 AM
    Hey wizardwatson! Good to 'see' you! You know what they say about theological opinions! lol, j/k The convention of using masculine and feminine terms is used for many languages. These uses denote gender specific qualities, but of course does not mean that they are male or female sexes. For example, 'apple' in Spanish is feminine. This does not mean that apples are of the female sex! It is rather using human language (which is limited) in describing an object and assigning it with terms that also may connotate familiar attributes such as of the masculine or feminine nature (as you described in your earlier post). As for Jesus calling God the Father "Father", it does not necessarily mean God the Father is male in the human sex (like the Mormons believe), but is rather Christ using limited human language to describe God to us and God the Father's relationship with the Son. He is the Father of the Son, but He is cannot be described as being the male sex because He is beyond human gender distinctions and is unlike anything else in existence (some would say indeed that God is beyond existence as well, but this gets into heady theological topics that I am not very familiar with).
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    07-12-2018, 09:25 AM
    I agree with your premise that it involves a spiritual and literal meaning. The maleness attributes of God involve the virtues which are traditionally consider male-like. However, that does not make God a male in the human sexual way of physical distinction. Interesting note. Coincidently, the ancient Saints expressed the concept of the spermaticos logos (the seed of the Logos) when expressing how Christ was active in the world before His incarnation (within both Israel and in the rest of creation). The planting of the seed definitely I think contributes to the maleness attribute of God. It is unanimous amongst the Fathers of the Church going back to the very beginning that God cannot be reached by man's attempts alone. The created cannot understand the uncreated by their minds or intuition. It requires God to reveal Himself. In other words, knowledge of God can by gleamed very superficially through meditative means (think Lao Tzu and the Tao, who had knowledge of the spermaticos logos prior to Christ's Incarnation), however it is only through the grace of God whereby we can have true knowledge of God and understand Him as much as humanely possible. So I agree that we can know God, but our efforts are quite limited and it is only through the Holy Spirit (that is, God himself) Who can give us any true knowledge of His nature. Those who have reached such heights of theosis (sanctification) through the grace of the Holy Spirit are called the Saints, and it is those who have taught that God is beyond gender and sex. So I disagree with you when you say "the Father is male in the Old Covenant". He has attributes of maleness and is called as such, but a bodiless uncreated uncircumscribable eternal Spirit cannot be called a male in the generic human way. He is beyond male, He is beyond female.
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    07-11-2018, 08:13 PM
    Wow. Can’t believe it has been 10 years. May his memory be eternal.
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    07-11-2018, 08:11 PM
    Russia is not the Soviet Union. It is a nation freed of its former communist, atheist yoke which imprisoned and murdered tens of millions of its own people. It has problems as all nations do, but there is no reason why the US and Russia as it is now cannot have friendly relations. Those who try and make Russia into the boogieman do so for their own selfish reasons which do not necessarily align with the peace and prosperity of either nation.
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    07-11-2018, 07:43 PM
    I just caught this addition. It is natural to try and describe God in anthropomorphic terms because it helps us as humans to try and understand God using characteristic we can relate to, but we must concomitantly understand that such human constructs of created attributes and worldly distinctions are insufficient and limited in the face of the essence of God. They are superficial understandings which help to make sense of the mystery but must be understood to still be, in the end, mere human thoughts trying to make sense of something which is frankly beyond human comprehension. The human mind, a product created and living in time and space, is simply too limited to understand the depths of such a mystery as an eternal uncreated God, which is why the patristic teaching puts more emphasis on the heart, which is the spiritual center of the individual. As Christ said, “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”. Our minds can bring us closer to the knowledge of God, to a certain point, but it is in the heart whereby the Kingdom of God is found and experienced.
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    07-11-2018, 04:15 PM
    Yes. They were the most educated ones in the past to do so. Today, I am sure, there exist many faulty translations done by educated women as well. I take it to mean humans (mankind). Please see my post above. The only Person of the Holy Trinity Who can be described as having a ‘sex’ is the Incarnate Word of God, our Lord and Savior, for He alone ‘circumscribed’ Himself in kenosis into the form of a human being in order to save human kind. The other Persons of the Holy Trinity, namely God the Father and God the Holy Spirit are bodiless and any attribution of male pronouns is not because they have a sex in the traditional sense of the word, but because of human convention and because to human beings, it best describes their understanding of the relationship between them and God. That is why sometimes the Holy Spirit can be referred to in feminine terms, as I believe you were trying to get to. It is a matter of human attempts at understanding the mystery of the Holy Spirit, and using limited human comprehension in doing so. But because Christ used the pronoun He in regards to the Holy Spirit, then we do so too. Had He used a female pronoun, then so would the Christian.
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    07-11-2018, 03:58 PM
    But that is the problem alluded to above. Namely, taking the Bible literally but using an inaccurate translation or apart from the apostolic understanding. Anyone can choose what synonym or word they want to use as a close translation, or pick and choose what verses were meant literally or metaphorically, and this is especially useful to make one’s own opinion or position viable or deemed authoritative. However, the prism looked through to gain insight into the intent and true understanding of the Scriptures is not solely in our mere personal selves but in fact, relies heavily outside of ourselves (for humility would have it no other way). This prism to gain true interpretation is through the Church, the pillar and foundation, just as St. Paul taught. Truth, as a characteristic of God, is deemed authoritative when it is trinitarian, namely that it requires not one alone, nor even two, but three in consent and agreement. Think of the OT. What was required were two or three witnesses to make a claim. If only two were found, then it would be the judge who would make up the third in consent in order to make the claim authoritative and true. Thus, we cannot rely solely on what “I” think to determine the truth, but what God taught and what others taught through the grace of God. For this reason Christ said when two or three are present, He is amongst them. For truth to be reliably revealed, it requires the witness and agreement of at least three, for then truth can be reliable revealed through the grace of God. That is why the conciliar structure of the Church is the apostolic way of discerning the truth (in contrast to the Roman Catholic tradition of having a Supreme Pontiff), and why patristic study is held more authoritative then personal interpretation. In summary, while God works in every person to bring them to the truth, it is through the Church whereby the Holy Spirit working within the Body of Christ (the members) can most accurately and reliably gleam and pass down the truthful and accurate interpretation of the Scriptures, through obedience and humility to both God and the holy Saints before them.
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    07-11-2018, 03:22 PM
    It is well understood in the ancient apostolic and patristic teachings that Christ did not infer that it is a sin to call another father (after all, St. Paul clearly called himself the spiritual father of St. Timothy, and the term father as a title of respect and endearment goes way back in the history of the Church). What Christ is saying is that we are to consider no person to be the ultimate source of our life, truth, or grace outside of the Father in Heaven Who is the Unbegotten Source and Father of all things in creation. In other words, even our beloved parents or greatest teachers take secondary status compared to God. That said, you make a good point in that there are important theological reasons why God the Father is called “Father” which has maleness corollary in human distinction. God the Father of course, as the fulfillment of gender (male and female He made them, in His image), has the traditional attributes of both sexes (father- protective, mother-nourishing, for example), but ultimately he can most clearly be understood in relation to us (using human comprehension) as a father, just as Christ revealed His name to be. And not only ‘father’, but Abba, which is a familiar, intimate name for one’s father.
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    07-11-2018, 03:06 PM
    That’s the problem with translations. It is very difficult to suspend one’s presuppositions and understanding while translating a text from another time, culture, and language. The intention is usually innocent and sincere, but the results may not produce an accurate apostolic reading or understanding. An example would be the translation in the NT from Romans regarding expiation and propitiation. A slight change in wording leads to a vast chasm of differing theological understanding.
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    07-11-2018, 12:29 PM
    The distortion of terms in various translations of the Scriptures is a major problem for sure.
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    07-11-2018, 11:19 AM
    Cue Swampsmyth in 3...2...1...
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    07-11-2018, 10:43 AM
    I would again warn that we should be careful in ascribing to God such concepts found in the created world. Sexual orientation, race, nationality, political leanings are not pertinent questions to ask about God, just as gender is not. You are applying human constructs and trying to apply them to the uncreated, unoriginate, undefinable, uncircumscribable God, Who by definition is beyond human comprehension, at least in terms of His essence and being. The apophatic approach of understanding God (by negation) is more accurate than the cataphatic approach. That is, we can describe God better and closer by stating what He isn’t, rather than what He is. The closest and most accurate cataphatic description of God is simply what St. John said: God is Love. This defines God much better than any other human language can, because the mystery of love and the mystery of the Holy Trinity are similar. Notice that while this is a cataphatic approach, it also relies heavily on the apophatic approach, for sometimes Love is best understood by humans not by what it is, by what it isn’t. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
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    07-09-2018, 12:57 PM
    Great post. Thanks! I am about halfway through and wanted to add an observation... I have heard that there is a trend among young Evqngelical and other Protestants of shying away from the strong Christian Zionism which has its roots in Darby and the Scofield Bible. This is a very good thing. Close scrutiny with an honest approach will easily demonstrate that such dual dispensation doctrines and such are a complete innovation and distortion of the ancient apostolic faith. I hope and pray this trend continues.
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    07-08-2018, 11:16 PM
    Yes, Antioch would be considered to be in the region formerly called the Levant. One of the earliest monastic brotherhoods known started in Syria called ‘the sons of the covenant” just around the time the Egyptian deserts became widely inhabited by hermit monks. By the middle to end of the first century, the city of Antioch was the greatest center of Christianity as many baptized faithful fled the persecutions in Israel. It was there where St. Paul the Apostle ‘to the Gentiles’ was groomed and educated about the faith by St. Peter, the Apostle ‘to the Hebrews’.
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    07-08-2018, 10:37 PM
    The first full fledge structured monasteries started in the 3rd century in Upper Egypt and the Levant and quickly spread into Gaul and the rest of the Roman Empire. Tradition holds that the history of hermetical Christian living on Mount Athos began in the first century when the Virgin Mary visited it. Before her visit, Mount Athos was a land inhabited with pagan hermits and temples: In 49 AD, Mary set sail for the island of Cyprus to visit her friend Lazurus. During her journey a great storm arose and Mary's ship, blown far off course, was guided by divine signs to a protected bay on the eastern coast of Athos. Gazing upward at the towering mountain and its beautiful forests Mary declared, "This mountain is holy ground. Let it now be my portion. Here let me remain." Mooring her boat near the site of the present day monastery of Iveron, Mary came upon an ancient temple and oracle dedicated to Apollo. As she stepped ashore a great crashing sound resounded across the peninsula and all the idols and pagan statues came crashing to the ground (it is interesting to note that a well documented earthquake occurred in northern Greece in 49 AD). The great stone statue of Apollo spoke out, declaring itself a false idol and calling the forest hermits of Athos to come and pay homage to the Panaghia, the true mother of God. The hermits were baptized and thus began the glorious Christian history of Mt. Athos. The large monasteries which now spot the holy peninsula did not arise until many centuries later, namely between the 8th to the 10th century. Nevertheless, the path of celibacy and a life in ceaseless prayer and complete devotion to God started much earlier, before the Incarnation and in many religions of the ancient world, not only Judaism.
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    07-08-2018, 10:16 PM
    I understand better now what you were saying. Yes, I agree with you, that for some (more than some?), it was poor marriage examples within their own families which led them to renounce the world (and its worldly expectations) in order to find fullness and peace in a life devoted primarily to God. I think statistically however, the majority (at least, in those who take the full step and enter into monasticism), they come from a household of loving, faithful and pious parents. At least, anectdotely, that is what I have found in my experience and travels, but I may be wrong.
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    07-08-2018, 05:24 PM
    Can you elaborate on that euphemia? I’m not sure I understand what you are saying.
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    07-08-2018, 05:23 PM
    The meaning of life is not about getting married and have children, although it is a very blessed path.
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    07-08-2018, 03:55 PM
    www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/07/08/nigerias-fulani-jihadis-grow-deadlier-than-boko-haram-killing-hundreds-of-christians-in-days-extreme-content-warning/
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    07-08-2018, 12:24 AM
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-03/holy-relic-survives-church-fire-adelaide/9614892 Holy relics stored in the altar of the St Panteleimon Greek Orthodox Church appear to have escaped unscathed after fire tore through the Glenelg North building in Adelaide. The Metropolitan Fire Service was able to stop the fire spreading, but the damage was so significant the church will be unable to host Orthodox Easter services over the coming weekend. Parish president Nick Kapolos hailed the "miraculous" survival of the gold-plated box, which he said contains fragments of St Panteleimon's bones. "In the altar where we keep them, everything else was pretty much burnt and the only thing that was left was the little box of the relics — not damaged, not even ashes on it, it was just sitting there," he said.
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