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  • @cyril I'd say just looking at the Byzantine renderings that your guesstimation would be pretty much spot on...
  • The idea of purgatory is that the fire is redemptive; the fearful expectations of hades are self-inflicted and there is nothing redeeming about them. The whole point of the prayers of the Church is that somehow there is a way what through intercess…
  • I think people are overreacting a little about this. Being the patriarch is a huge responsibility that requires working around the clock.  I heard a story once about our own blessed Pope Shenouda.  When he used to go for dental care he would insist…
  • The one in Melbourne offers recognised undergraduate diplomas.  They are taking enrolments now for the new academic year. They have a good collection of recognised scholars and are trying to offer postgraduate degrees in future. http://sacotc.vic.…
  • Hi Guys, I was a little vague with my wording, I meant abstaining from non-vegan foods not total abstinence. Thanks for the replies, you've answered my question. Please pray for me, a.
  • [quote author=Orthodoxy link=topic=14103.msg162457#msg162457 date=1357443187] You're welcome, even though I'm unsure if your apology leans toward sarcasm or sincerity. Regardless, I do apologize if I came across as irate. I think we all make points …
  • In my church one of the monks used to greet ladies with a kiss on the cheek.  People started to gossip about it, we can be pretty evil minded sometimes.
  • Dear Brother, You are wise to seek counsel from friends on this matter, I have many things to say which I hope will be of benefit to you. The best way to know if what you experienced is truly from God is to make it a point of discussion with your …
  • You can't be listed in copticworld without some kind of official permission (churches cannot add themselves as I understand it), I'd say its probably legit.
  • [quote author=The least of all link=topic=13788.msg160650#msg160650 date=1351112473] One; Augustine is a blessed man and his conversion and repentance is an awesome story to tell BUT he is not a saint in my books due to his numerous wrong teachings.…
  • [quote author=Jertyvansy link=topic=13729.msg160151#msg160151 date=1348722003] Well, I get over depressed whenever I don't get the real evaluation of my work and it really affect my mind to be normal. I don't know, about the way I should opt to cont…
  • [quote author=Somali link=topic=13743.msg160288#msg160288 date=1349304182] Anyways, I dont think what she did is wrong. Since you are not married, she is not obliged to commit to you and was probably not convinced that this was wrong. In the old day…
  • It speaks about the plight of a women's sex not whether or not she happens to be bleeding.  If the rule was because of bleeding then there should be canons related to both sexes and it would be broader than the question of whether or not a woman is …
  • [quote author=Michael Boutros link=topic=13340.msg156372#msg156372 date=1338846552] Epchois Nai Nan posted quite the irrefutable source. Imikhail, do you know why the Apostolic tradition changed? [/quote] Its not as concrete as you would think... …
  • [quote author=imikhail link=topic=13340.msg156376#msg156376 date=1338864786] [quote author=LoveIsDeep link=topic=13340.msg156359#msg156359 date=1338820695] [quote author=imikhail link=topic=13340.msg156347#msg156347 date=1338811466] How can the cano…
  • [quote author=imikhail link=topic=13340.msg156347#msg156347 date=1338811466] How can the canons of the  Orthodox Church be unorthodox? Anyone who has an issue with bleeding is not allowed to take communion. [/quote] It is unorthodox for the reasons…
  • I read a good scholarly paper on this a few years back. In addition to the apostolic constitutions, there is other evidence to suggest that this rule is a corruption of Orthodox tradition.  St John Chrysostom for example is a documented advocate of …
  • I'm going to chime in with a modest explanation of the Orthodox approach to knowledge of God.  There is a key supposition which must be accepted before we can begin. The first is that God is a personal God and if He is known, He is known like the w…
  • Scripturally, the knowledge of the existence of God, is from God's self-revelation to someone who is willing and ready to hear. More than anything else God is the one who converts the souls of men.  He does this with beauty, when someone sees, touc…
  • [quote author=drilago99 link=topic=13315.msg155640#msg155640 date=1337214180] [quote author=markmarcos link=topic=13315.msg155637#msg155637 date=1337212225] people ask ....god who doesnt have any other option to forgive sins but to sacrifice himself…
  • A lot of contemporary Orthodox people consider the Orthodox Church to be pre-denominational i.e. it existed before any denominations. Here is a site with a short evangelical blurb, its not from a group of Coptic affiliation and it a bit technical b…
  • I stumbled upon a really good podcast given by an ex-protestant who is now an Orthodox Priest: http://ancientfaith.com/podcasts/illuminedheart/can_we_really_know_god Its not on the faith/works issue per se but he does explain why we don't just req…
  • [quote author=qawe link=topic=13172.msg154580#msg154580 date=1334455402] This argument has been thoroughly rejected by theologians. God did not need to create us. He doesn't need us. [/quote] The allowance of the fall was intentional, not the creati…
  • God did it intentionally to show us humans that He loves us so much He would leave His glory to come and save us.  He also did it because by the incarnation He has a special kind of closeness and brotherhood with us (because He is not just God, He …
  • [quote author=imikhail link=topic=13059.msg153860#msg153860 date=1332959946] The Bible tells us that we should be aware of those around us and not to accompany or befriend sinners when they insist on sinning. Do not get me wrong. We are all sinner…
  • [quote author=mabsoota link=topic=13099.msg153937#msg153937 date=1333141326] good points, but to go as far as saying any saints 'save' us is going further than the church hymns and church tradition. we say in the midnight praises 'all joy befits you…
  • Yes Mary can save us, and all of the saints. Salvation is a term which Biblically speaking is synonymous with healing; this is the reason why Christ used to perform miracles because the two expressions can be used interchangeably. When saints perf…
  • I suppose the other things is the mind has a way of building invisible walls to block God out, it sounds like that's what is happening to you here. Its like a defence mechanism we have where rather than be in the presence of God and accept ourselve…