Christ is Born – Glorify Him! January 7, 2013Posted by The Prodigal Son in Christianity, Orthodox Christianity.
Tags: Christmas, Eastern Orthodoxy, Jesus Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Church, The Messiah of Israel, The Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, The Savior of the World, The Son of God
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Balfour’s Promise – Not God’s: Archbishop Theodosios ‘Atallah Hanna’ of Sebastia Speaks to the Occupation of Palestine November 19, 2012Posted by The Prodigal Son in Christianity, Jews, Orthodox Christianity.
Tags: Balfour declaration, Christianity, Eastern Orthodoxy, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem, middle-east, Occupation, Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Church, Palestine, Protestantism, Sebastia, The Jewish State, Zionism
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“I am very sorry to hear about some religious groups in the United States that support the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. Such support cannot be justified from a Christian point of view because Christianity is against any sort of occupation and injustice in all its forms and its rationalization.
These groups need to re-read their Bible, because the Bible calls us to stand with the marginalized and the oppressed and not with the oppressors.
For those who use the Bible to support Israel need to differentiate between God’s promise and Balfour’s promise (Balfour Declaration), because the occupation is the result of a promise given to the Israelis by Lord Balfour and not by God.”
Full Text of Letter Sent to Congress by U.S. Churches RE: Human Rights Abuses and Continued Financial Aid to the Jewish State October 12, 2012Posted by The Prodigal Son in Christianity, Jews, Orthodox Christianity.
Tags: Christianity, Eastern Orthodoxy, Financial Aid, Jesus Christ, Jews, Money, Murder, Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Church, Orthodox Peace Fellowship, Palestine, Talmudism, Terrorism, The Jewish State, United States, Zionism
Dear Member of Congress,
We write to you as Christian leaders representing U.S. churches and religious organizations committed to seeking a just peace for Israelis and Palestinians. Our organizations have been deeply involved in this pursuit for decades, inspired by the call and promise of Jesus Christ who said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
The Dormition of the Theotokos, the Ever-Virgin Mary August 27, 2012Posted by The Prodigal Son in Christianity, Orthodox Christianity.
Tags: Christianity, Dormition of the Theotokos, Eastern Orthodoxy, Mother of God, Orthodox Church, Theotokos, Virgin Mary
In giving birth, you preserved your virginity!
In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos!
You were translated to life, O Mother of Life, and by your prayers you deliver our souls from death!
Tags: Christianity, Eastern Orthodoxy, Jordan, Madaba, madaba jordan, Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Church, Palestine, St George’s
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St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church – Madaba, Jordan
The Madaba Mosaic Map is a unique piece of art realised in 6th cent. A.D. as a decoration for the pavement of a church in the town of Madaba (Jordan) in the Byzantine Near East. At that time Madaba was part of the so called Provincia Arabia, and was inhabited by Aramaic speaking Christians descendant from the ancient biblical people of the Moabites. The mosaic was discovered accidentally about one hundred years ago (in 1897) while constructing a new church for the Greek-Orthodox Arab community, which was then settling on the very ruins of the ancient town of Madaba. (more…)
The Life of the World July 12, 2012Posted by The Prodigal Son in Christianity.
Tags: beauty, Christianity, Eastern Orthodoxy, Jesus Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, little ones, Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Church, Serbia, The Life of the World
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Orthodox Serbia (more…)
Sunday of All Saints June 10, 2012Posted by The Prodigal Son in Christianity.
Tags: Christ Conquers, Christianity, Death defeated, Eastern Orthodoxy, Jesus Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Church, Saints, Sunday of All Saints
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(Commemorated on the first Sunday after the Feast of Holy Pentecost)
The first Sunday after the Feast of Holy Pentecost is observed by the Orthodox Church as the Sunday of All Saints. This day has been designated as a commemoration of all of the Saints, all the Righteous, the Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Shepherds, Teachers, and Holy Monastics, both men and women alike, known and unknown, who have been added to the choirs of the Saints and shall be added, from the time of Adam until the end of the world, who have been perfected in piety and have glorified God by their holy lives.
On the Parable of the Prodigal Son February 13, 2012Posted by The Prodigal Son in Christianity.
Tags: Christianity, Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, Eastern Orthodoxy, Jesus Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Church, Sermon 107, St. Cyril of Alexandria, The Prodigal Son
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St. Cyril of Alexandria ca. 376-444
I hear one of the holy prophets trying to win unto repentance those who are far from God, and saying, “Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God: for you have become weak in your iniquity. Take with you words, and return to the Lord our God.” What sort of words then did he, under the influence of the Spirit, command them to take with them? Or were they not such as become those who wish to repent; such namely, as would appease God, Who is gentle, and loves mercy. For He even said by one of the holy prophets, “Return you returning children, and I will heal your breaches.” And yet again by the voice of Ezekiel, “Return you altogether from your wickednesses, O house of Israel. Cast away from you all your iniquities which you have committed, that they be not to you for a punishment of iniquity. For I have no pleasure in the death of the sinner, as that he should turn from his evil way and live.” And the same truth Christ here also teaches us, by this most beautifully composed parable, which I will now to the best of my ability endeavour to discuss, briefly gathering up its broad statements, and explaining and defending the ideas which it contains. (more…)
Christ is born! Glorify Him! January 8, 2012Posted by The Prodigal Son in Christianity.
Tags: Christ is Born, Christianity, Eastern Orthodoxy, Jesus Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, Nativity, Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Church, peace on earth, The Christ, The Incarnation, The Messiah
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His hand is stretched out still December 24, 2011Posted by The Prodigal Son in Christianity.
Tags: Christianity, Eastern Orthodoxy, Incarnation, Isaiah, Jesus Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, Logos, Nativity, The Son of God, The Word, Theotokos, Virgin Mary
Nevertheless the gloom will not be upon her who is distressed, as when at first He lightly esteemed the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward more heavily oppressed her, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, in Galilee of the Gentiles.
The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined. You have multiplied the nation And increased its joy; They rejoice before You According to the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For You have broken the yoke of his burden and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. For every warrior’s sandal from the noisy battle, And garments rolled in blood, will be used for burning and fuel of fire. (more…)
Tags: Bishop Hilarion, Christianity, Eastern Orthodoxy, Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Church, Patrick Barnes, Saint Hilarion (Troitsky), The Unity of the Church
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By Saint Hilarion (Troitsky)
This is the first audio book offered by the Orthodox Christian Information Center. Please see the Introduction, below, for more on this book.
The entire book is contained in two MP3 files of almost equal length… (more…)
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by Daniel Lieuwen
When the Church began, there were no New Testament books. Old Testament texts alone were used as Scripture. The Old Testament used in the early Church throughout the Roman world was not the Hebrew Old Testament, but a translation of the Old Testament into Greek called the Septuagint (LXX). The LXX was translated in Alexandria during the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphus in the middle of the third century B.C., and was the standard Old Testament in the synagogues throughout the Hellenistic world (including Palestine) at the time of Christ.
In addition to the books included in a Protestant Old Testament, the LXX contained a number of other books now commonly referred to as Apocrypha or Deuterocanonical. Some of these books are Tobit, Judith, Maccabees, and a longer version of Daniel.
The LXX is based on a very different text of the Old Testament from the Masoretic text, on which modern English translations are based. For instance, in many places the wording is quite different, and the content of the books also differs—generally the LXX text is longer, but there are also interesting additions to the Masoretic text that are not found in the LXX. The text on which the LXX is based is as ancient as the Masoretic text, as testified by the Dead Sea scrolls and many other ancient witnesses.
A ‘Standardized’ Judaic Text
Judaism was quite fluid (fragmented; lost) at the time of Christ. There were seven distinct sects of the Jews in the early first century, according to Eusebius. The different sects accepted the authority of different collections of books (e.g., the Sadducees and Samaritans accepted only the five books of the Prophet Moses, the Torah), and there were often significant differences in the composition of the books they accepted in common. Sometimes the same sect might even make use of multiple text bases, or as scholars call them, text traditions. For example, the Dead Sea scrolls, (likely) containing the sacred texts of the Essene sect of Judaism, show evidence of the Masoretic, Samaritan, and LXX text bases.
However, with the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70, an intense standardization process began. Only the Pharisaic and the Samaritan sects of Judaism survived this process. The collection of Old Testament books into what eventually became the Masoretic text was begun by the Pharisees at the Council of Jamnia, somewhere between AD 80 and 100 (more…)
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“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.”
- Matthew 23:15
Many people today calling themselves Christian will tell you that, “Our faith comes from the Jews, our Lord was a Jew, the Jews are God’s chosen,” etc, etc, ad nauseum… but is this really the case?
“They are the enemies of the cross of Christ.”
- Phillipians 3:18
The current head of the Papcy (Benedict) has relayed similar fallacies in his book-length interview with Peter Seewald entitled ‘Light of The World’:
He explains why he no longer calls Jews “our elder brothers” but rather “fathers in the faith,” (more…)
An Orthodox Perspective on Christian Zionism June 18, 2011Posted by The Prodigal Son in Uncategorized.
Tags: 'Christian' Zionism, 'Rapture', Anti Zionist, BS, Christianity, Dispensationalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Jesus Christ, Judaism, Orthodox Christianity, Orthodox Church Against Zionism, Protestantism, The Prophets, Zionism
By Father Daniel Swires
In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
There is an ancient belief among some people known as “millenarianism” or “chiliasm.” This is the belief that Christ will set up an earthly kingdom and will rule it for a thousand years, usually referred to as the “Millenium.”
This belief actually has its origin in post-exilic Judaism. An anticipation that survived the Babylonian exile was that one day God would restore the kingdom of David under a model anointed king, the Messiah. Even though idealized, this would be an earthly, historical kingdom, and most often its relation to the end-time was not specified.
Another expectation that developed, especially in apocalyptic writings, was that God would directly intervene in the end-time, without any mention of a restoration of the Davidic kingdom.
One way of combining the two expectations was to see two divine interventions: (1) a restoration of an earthly kingdom or period of blissful prosperity to be followed by (2) God’s end-time victory and judgment. Many writers speculated about these two events. They are found in 1st Enoch, in 4th Ezra, in 2nd Baruch, in the Ascension of Isaiah. It is interesting, though, that each of these writers sees a different time frame for these events. It is quite probable, in fact, that most of them never intended to convey exact times. Rather, they were symbolic ways of predicting divine victory over evil forces that are an obstacle to God’s Kingdom or rule.
St. John, then, in writing the Apocalypse, also used the idea of a thousand-year reign of Christ, not to describe a historical, earthly kingdom, but as a way of saying that ultimately, in His own time, God will have the victory. (It is worth reminding ourselves that only one passage in the Apocalypse, consisting of two verses, mentions a thousand-year reign: from this one small passage has come a lot of exaggerated speculation.) (more…)