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Why is it hard for me to forgive?

Sometimes we find it hard to forgive because we want justice. We want the world to be fair. We want what’s right. And, indeed, we deserve what’s right. We deserve justice. But the problem with the world, is that there is no justice in it. The reality is that the world is broken and every […]

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How can we be the Church?

The distinction between the Church and people who go to church can be thought of like this. God is the artist. The people are the canvas. The Church is the painting. In order for the painting to exist, there has to be a canvas. When God paints on the canvas, what he paints is beautiful […]

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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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