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    Yesterday, 10:53 PM
    Kurwa?:confused:
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    Yesterday, 05:13 PM
    Not a pet person at all, thanks. I don't like cleaning up after them. :p
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    Yesterday, 04:41 PM
    IDK, uncle oyarde. The commies have a tendency to pull figures from thin air when they don't know something. :p
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    Yesterday, 04:00 PM
    You have to love the ignorance of these people. :D :toady: http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/21/news/economy/davos-oxfam-inequality-wealth/index.html The 1% grabbed 82% of all wealth created in 2017 by Ivana Kottasová @ivanakottasova More than $8 of every $10 of wealth created last year went to the richest 1%. That's according to a new report from Oxfam International, which estimates that the bottom 50% of the world's population saw no increase in wealth. Oxfam says the trend shows that the global economy is skewed in favor of the rich, rewarding wealth instead of work.
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    Yesterday, 01:01 AM
    This week's homily is up :) 1/21-32nd Sunday after Pentecost and 15th Sunday of Luke; Venerable Meximos the Confessor; Martyr Neophytos of Nicea; Venerable Zodimas, Bishop of Syracuse in Sicily; Venerable Maximos the Greek of Russia Epistle Timothy 4:9-15 Gospel Luke 19:1-10 Learned how to say my name in Arabic. :) Pretty happy because I'm getting better at holding ison, so perhaps I'll have a chance to chant during liturgy some day soon. I would enjoy learning the chant literature as a supplement to scripture and other readings. :)
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    01-22-2018, 11:41 PM
    Related:
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    01-22-2018, 12:15 PM
    No, exactly the opposite. Please read the rest of that post. I believe the Bible is a letter from God to us. And that is out of context and not what you think it means. It means without both the work of the Spirit and apostolic doctrine, we would remain in darkness. In the context of the earlier verses the text is about "letting abide in what you which you heard from the beginning"(apostolic teaching). We don't trust the Fathers "just because"-we trust them because they have legitimate authority in forming Christianity-. Some because they operated in direct apostolic lineage(we see the creation of clergy with direct lineage in Acts), others because they evangelized (such as my patron saint, Cyrill, minister to the slavs). Still others actually formed doctrine and dogma(Augustine, John the Theologian, etc). And so on.
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    01-22-2018, 12:47 AM
    There's a lot to be said for that. The illiterate slavs learned from Cyrill and Methodius by way of icons and oratory for a good many years until Cyrill could develop his alphabet to translate the Bible and other documents into Slavonic. And it worked well. These two men are to this day known as "Enlighteners Of The Slavs".
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    01-21-2018, 11:55 PM
    You're actually mostly right, and that's been widely known for centuries. That's why Sola Sriptura is an epic fail and why we need the help of the Church Fathers to understand WTF the scriptures mean.
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    01-21-2018, 11:10 PM
    Hey Pete, I keep forgetting to ask-is your druidism related to the Druze religion by chance? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Druze I read about it as a catechumen and found it very interesting.
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    01-21-2018, 10:49 PM
    :) ~hugs~ I think we should pray for Sola, too. Poor guy is clearly in desperate need of peace and is definitely not finding it in the faith he's chosen. :( As it is written, "love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust."
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    01-21-2018, 10:46 PM
    Aw, Sola got ban hammered again? :( Kurwa. Now there's nobody to expose us to the madness of his worldview and theology-and give me practice shooting down his arguments. :(
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    01-21-2018, 06:16 PM
    Neither of those make your case if you're arguing against free will. For example, the whole of Romans 8:18-27 is just Paul explaining how the Spirit aids us through suffering. Contextomy FTW.
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    01-21-2018, 05:57 PM
    Darkness is de facto "made" by the creation of light, as it is simply the absence of light. Likewise. evil is "made" when creation departs from good using its free will. "goodness was given by God, Himself being the cause and beginning of all that is good; evil is nothing else but a departure from goodness, in the manner that darkness is a continuation and opposite of light;…doing evil is not congenital with man but a matter of volition." Saint John of Damascus ETA: see also what lily said^^
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    01-21-2018, 04:58 PM
    My God is certainly omniscient. Why would you worship a God that authored(created) evil at all? We know that God considered all His creation good at its inception (Gen 1-2). "goodness was given by God, Himself being the cause and beginning of all that is good; evil is nothing else but a departure from goodness, in the manner that darkness is a continuation and opposite of light;…doing evil is not congenital with man but a matter of volition." Saint John of Damascus
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    01-21-2018, 03:25 PM
    Non sequitur.
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    01-21-2018, 02:05 PM
    The alternative is that God is not the author of evil. "There is no need for Christians to create a special theory for justifying God (theodicy). To all the questions regarding the allowance of evil by God (the problem of evil) there is one answer - Christ; the Crucified Christ, Who burns up in Himself all the world's sufferings for ever; Christ, Who regenerates our nature and has opened the entry to the Kingdom of everlasting and full life to each one who desires it. The Eastern Orthodox Church teaches that from the time of Christ's coming into the world, the fullness of Divinity Love is revealed to those who believe in Him, the veil is fallen, and the Lord's sacrifice has demonstrated His Divine in His Resurrection. It only remains for the faithful to partake of this Love: 'O taste and see that the Lord is good,' exclaims David the Psalmist." -Olivier Clement
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    01-20-2018, 10:07 PM
    That's a big claim to make without a citation. How does he know the people he's referring to are Protestant? Plenty of megachurches and fringe-y "independent" churches are just non-denominational.
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    01-20-2018, 09:57 PM
    Know what's interesting? Nowadays people like Sola find themselves on the side of atheists and secularists who "do" scientism.:eek: Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself Research adds to evidence suggesting 'even our most seemingly ironclad beliefs about our own agency and conscious experience can be dead wrong' Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved. Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live their lives. But instead it may be that the brain just convinces itself that it made a free choice from the available options after the decision is made.
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    01-19-2018, 06:13 PM
    If there's anything I've learned from Sola threads, it's that reporting doesn't matter. He's just playing a character to amuse himself. Nobody is that insane IRL outside the sanitariums. :D
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    01-19-2018, 02:07 PM
    edit: accidental dupe
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    01-19-2018, 02:04 PM
    You're thinking of "nation". A "country" is just a geographical place. country noun, plural countries. 1. a state or nation: What European countries have you visited?
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    01-19-2018, 12:51 AM
    Ah, against Free Will. One of the doctrines militant atheists who believe in scientism have in common with the OP. Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself Research adds to evidence suggesting 'even our most seemingly ironclad beliefs about our own agency and conscious experience can be dead wrong' http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/free-will-could-all-be-an-illusion-scientists-suggest-after-study-that-shows-choice-could-just-be-a7008181.html
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    01-18-2018, 04:32 PM
    Except that's not why it's not credible. There are lots of sources I don't agree with that are credible. New American is known for playing fast and loose with facts and its strong bias.
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    01-18-2018, 04:12 PM
    I think you don't know what that means. :D Demanding a credible source for information isn't the same thing as denying said information is true.
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