Spirituality

Authentic Christians

One of the first prayers you and I learned was the Lord’s Prayer.  We recite the Lord’s Prayer together at every Divine Liturgy.  It is a perfect prayer because it was given to us by Christ himself.  When you study it closely, you will notice that every line of the prayer was actually something that […]

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Are we responsible for the sin of Adam and Eve?

We need to first make a distinction between personal sins and the sin of Adam and Eve. God created all things good. He gave human beings freedom because, as I said before, without freedom there is no authentic love. Because of his love, God created mankind with free will to both choose to love God […]

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What makes Orthodoxy different?

Atheists prefer to see things from a scientific and rational stance. While that is fine, one would hope that they recognize and have experienced the limits and dangers of this approach as well. The problem with all these “isms” is that, in their myopic formulation of what constitutes value, freedom, power, success, etc., they end […]

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How do we know God?

The task before us is not to know about God but to know God. The spiritual life is a marathon, not a sprint.  A sense of urgency is healthy, to be sure, as we are given a brief period of time here on earth.  But for what purpose?  St. Isaak said, “This life has been […]

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Do Orthodox believe in the idea of universal reconciliation?

The idea of a universal reconciliation is one which the Church leaves to the realm of mystery. She has not made any dogmatic declarations regarding its validity or otherwise.  There are several Church Fathers who wrote about it, e.g. Origen, St. Gregory of Nyssa, and St. Isaak of Nineveh.  For each of them, the thought […]

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Is God angry at us?

There is a certain kind of Christianity prevalent in the West which paints God as an angry judge with a hammer who is ready to smash us and send us to hell. They say this is what we deserve because we are “absolutely depraved” sinners and no better than a “dung-hill.”  But instead of us […]

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How can I overcome doubt that God exists?

Doubt is a purely cognitive reaction based on any given number of experiences. The problem is that we tend to project onto God our own ideas of what he is supposed to be like. When he doesn’t live up to our expectations, we lose hope or belief that he exists. With this approach, “god” is […]

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