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Obedience to the Faith Among All Nations August 10, 2015

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Epistle to the Romans, chapter 1, verse 5

Not All Red Shields Are Created Equal October 14, 2013

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Saw a post at a site called ‘The Truth Seeker’

It was about the Rothschilds (Jewish banking family whose name had originally been Bauer) and its title is a quote from Heinrich Heine:

“Money is the god of our times, and Rothschild is his prophet.”

Not a bad quote I suppose… I would probably lean more toward Rothschild as his war general but it’s pretty good.

Anyway accompanying this post there’s an image – which I assume is supposed to represent the sign which had reportedly hung from the Rothchilds place from which they took their name; the red shield.

Here’s the picture:

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On How the Church Prays for the World October 14, 2013

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St. Prosper of Aquitaine  - The Call of All Nations

The Church pleads before God everywhere, not only for the saints and those regenerated in Christ, but also for all infidels and all enemies of the Cross of Christ, for all worshipers of idols, for all who persecute Christ in His members, for the Jews whose blindness does not see the light of the Gospel, (more…)

Seven Twenty Four July 15, 2013

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Orthodox Christian Affirmation of the Mystery of Marriage July 6, 2013

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At the Tenth All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, held in Miami, Florida in July 1992, the Holy Synod of Bishops issued a document titled, “Synodal Affirmations on Marriage, Family, Sexuality, and the Sanctity of Life.”

The Affirmations were issued after a lengthy process of study and discernment with the intention of addressing issues that, even in our time, continue to be a source of debate and division within American society. (more…)

A Seldom (as in Never) Quoted Line From the New Testament Epistles of St. Paul May 28, 2013

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I wonder why people who call themselves Christians choose to ignore this simple and valuable teaching from the Apostle to the nations?

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Christ is Born – Glorify Him! January 7, 2013

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Balfour’s Promise – Not God’s: Archbishop Theodosios ‘Atallah Hanna’ of Sebastia Speaks to the Occupation of Palestine November 19, 2012

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His Eminence Archbishop Theodosios ‘Atallah Hanna’ – Archbishop of Sebastia, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Of Jerusalem

“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.”

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Old Testament VS New Testament – A Different God? October 16, 2012

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I happened upon a blog posting by someone calling themselves ‘Video Rebel’ (Lol) and ‘Horse 237’ a couple of days ago… The title of the post was ‘They Dance To Daijal’s (Anti-Christ’s) Tune’ (HERE).

I had been on his site a few times before, and had made comments without issue. Commenting on his latest offering  (and on the comments made there by others) though has turned out to be an exercise in futility. When others replied to my initial comment two of my subsequent comments were ‘disappeared’ for what seems to me to be no good reason.

Whatever. It’s his site and obviously he’s free to delete whatever he wants to delete. But it all seemed very arbitrary to me because the similar comments and replies made by others were (and have since been) allowed to stand. He says I was off topic or whatever… but the others were (and still are) discussing the same things that I was so I’m a little bewildered as to why my comments were disallowed.

It seems ‘Horse’ is confused (or overly paranoid) because he has also accused me of posting under a different name and conversing with myself (which is ridiculous and easily disproved by a look at our respective IP addresses). Needless to say I was not conversing with myself.

Anyhow, I put a bit of time and effort into my responses, and if there’s anything I hate – it’s wasting my time! So I guess I’ll just post them here. I notice I’m getting hits from the Video Rebel’s page… Maybe we can converse freely here. Folks can rest assured that I at least won’t just delete things here!

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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, 2012

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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.”

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The Dormition of the Theotokos, the Ever-Virgin Mary August 27, 2012

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“Friends and Disciples of my Son and God, do not turn my joy to sorrow…” – Virgin Mary, Synaxarion of Constantinople


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!

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Holy Scripture and the Church August 13, 2011

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By New Hieromartyr Hilarion (Troitsky),
Archbishop of Verey

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Editor’s Note: The following article was written in 1914, when St. Hilarion was an archimandrite and a professor of the Imperial Moscow Spiritual Academy. Its message is especially pertinent for our times, when there is widespread confusion and ignorance about the true nature of Christ’s Church and about the right approach to Holy Scripture. It can provide invaluable help to Orthodox Christians in understanding their Faith more deeply, and in defending and giving an account of it when confronted with heterodox—especially Protestant—claims. At the same time, it can serve as wake-up call to Protestants, who separate the Bible from the Church, as well as to those Orthodox Christian scholars who have been unduly influenced by the modern “higher criticism” of the Bible which originated within German Protestantism—the fallacies of which are profoundly demonstrated by our modern-day Orthodox apologist, St. Hilarion.

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In the Church there are no stone tablets with letters inscribed by a Divine finger. The Church has the Holy Scriptures, but He Who established the Church wrote nothing. Only once, in the Gospel of John, was it said of Christ that He stooped down and wrote something; but even this one time Christ wrote with his finger and on the ground, it may even be that He did not write any words at all, but merely drew with His finger pointing to the ground. And yet the Church has Scripture, which is called by her Holy and Divine.

Christ did not write anything.

It seems that if one reflects enough on this fact, one can somewhat understand the very essence of the work of Christ. As a rule, other religious leaders of humanity, founders of various philosophical schools, have written readily and in abundance, and yet Christ wrote nothing at all. Does not this mean that in its essence the work of Christ has nothing in common with the work of any of the philosophers, teachers, or leading representatives of the intellectual life of mankind? Furthermore, has the Church herself ever viewed her Founder as one of the teachers of mankind? Has she ever considered His teachings as the essence of His work? No, with the utmost exertion of her theological strength, the Christian Church has defended as the greatest religious truth that Christ is the Only-begotten Son of God, One in essence with God the Father, Who became incarnate on earth. For that truth, the greatest Fathers of the Church labored to the point of blood.

They were unbending in the battle for this truth. They did not yield a single inch to their adversaries, literarily not even a single iota, which in the Greek language differentiates homoiousion, “of similar essence,” from homoousion, “co-essential.” “Those who call these men [i.e., Arians] Christians are in great and grievous error,” writes St. Athanasius the Great. Thus did this adamant of Orthodoxy argue definitively about the impossibility of being a Christian while denying the Incarnation of the Son of God, Who is co-essential with God the Father.

But was the Incarnation of the Only-begotten Son of God necessary only in order to write a book and entrust it to mankind? Was it absolutely essential for Him to be the Only-begotten Son of God just to write a book? If the Church insisted with such determination on the Divine dignity of her Founder, then obviously she did not regard writing to be the essence of His work. It was the Incarnation of the Son of God that was necessary for the salvation of mankind, and not a book. (more…)

Who Decides? Unraveling the Mystery of the Old Testament Canon August 5, 2011

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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…)

Is Christianity From the Jews? Are the Jews God’s Chosen? July 22, 2011

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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…)