Voices from Russia

Friday, 23 September 2016

23 September 2016. When the Salt Has Lost Its Savour…

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Thank God for secular civil law; much of Christianity uses Christ only as a name or as a “frontman” in a religion that has totally lost His personality, His life example, and His teaching. Moreover, shame on us all, we Christians of nearly every stripe, that our ideological distortions and corruptions of His teaching are so strong that they prevent us from returning to Christ… instead, we make a mockery out of His Name.

Archbishop Lazar Puhalo

God is a “Loser”… We’re All Better Off For It

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The common (mis)perception of the Christian God is of a Zeus-like patriarch sitting on a cloud somewhere between the sun and the moon, when, in fact, the Christian God is a Jewish carpenter-turned-itinerant rabbi who fraternised with various “deplorables” and “irredeemables”, being Himself “deplorable” and “irredeemable”… then, the powers-that-be tortured and executed Him for doing what He did and for being who He was. In other words, God is a “loser” whom all the “winners” hate, one with dirt under his fingernails and a human share of blood, sweat, and tears.

John Murphy

Lecturer, University of Virginia (USA)

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

13 September 2016. President Assad PROTECTS Syrian Christians

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I believe that Metropolitan Joseph, the First Hierarch of the AOCANA, should curb the konvertsy within his ranks, especially, loudmouth clergy such as Josiah Trenham (and those like him). Whatever they may mouth, they support rightwing political factions that support the terrorists that crucify Syria. Trenham in particular has shown that rightwing ideology means more to him than Orthodoxy… first by his support of the Mormon Romney, secondly, by his false teaching that artificial contraception is sinful. The first was collaboration with known and sworn enemies of Christ’s Church, the second was a conscious distortion of the Church’s Teaching (the Church of Antioch agrees with the Church of Moscow, which teaches that artificial contraception is licit via oikonomia). He’s also brought godless Evangelical sectarians onto his Ancient Faith Radio programme. Metropolitan Joseph, you have a shit-spattered byre to clean up. I don’t envy you the task. However, you must do it, but I’ll confide that many of your believers will thank and bless you for doing it. Follow in the footsteps of the late saintly Archbishop Michael Shaheen… not in the footsteps of arrogant konvertsy toddlers…

Remember the Golgotha of Christian Syria… remember who helped… remember who hurt… may God see and judge…

BMD

Friday, 9 September 2016

9 September 2016. Calling “Good” “Evil” and “Evil” “Good”

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Satan baits his traps with objectively good things… “You can vote for this warmonger and death-penalty advocate because they oppose abortion”. Have a care… on this side of the veil, good and evil mingle. That IS the point of the Wheat and the Tares, isn’t it? As I told a young priest, “There are no perfect political factions this side of the veil”. Indeed… many who mouth love of God are actually theomachists and many secularists are more truly advocates of Christ’s teaching than we are (let’s call things for what they are). There are all too many counterfeits afoot… especially, on the internet.

You can vote for Dr Jill… overall, her programme is more in accord with what we believe in as Russian Orthodox Christians than are the platforms of Chilly Hilly, Trump the Chump, and Scary Gary. Yes… she’s pro-choice… but she’s antiwar, anti-death penalty, and pro-single-payer healthcare. HH thinks that the Cuban healthcare system rocks. HH agrees with Dr Jill… not with Trump or Hilly or Gary. Our Church is NOT in favour of godless “conservative” ideologies. Indeed, American “conservatives” (think Rod Dreher or Glenn Beck or Patrick Buchanan) articulate POVs inimical to what we hold as Russian Orthodox believers. In fact, our people leave the Church behind whenever they articulate ANY part of the so-called “conservative” agenda. By the way, never forget that “liberal” from Russian sources means “conservative” in Anglospeak. That’s how chowderheads like Whiteford go wrong… they don’t know Russian political verbiage (or anything about the Russian language and culture in general), so, they get it wrong all the time. Isn’t it sad how these lunkheads NEVER catch on to the fact that most Russians HATE the Free Market and HATE just about everything that “conservatives” stand for? I just can’t get overly angry over dimwits who’ll never grasp the point even if it’s explained time and again to them. However, do oppose them as they hold POVs utterly at odds with what the Church teaches.

The present situation is very murky, indeed… “Evangelicals” support “Conservatives” that advocate perpetual warfare and they worship the rich… secularists support many social viewpoints enshrined in recent policy documents from the Mother Church… please, take extreme caution. Many “Christians” promote sheer evil and many secularists back much of what Our Lord Christ taught. After all… who wanted Christ dead? It was the respectable and religious of his day… those who would call themselves Republicans, Democrats, or Libertarians today… now, that’s a MEATY reflection…

BMD

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