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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

24 May 2016. They Call Themselves “Christians”…

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The atheist staring from his attic window is often nearer to God than the believer caught up in his own false image of God.

Martin Buber

Read this.

Read it? Good… these people consider themselves “Christian”… indeed, they see themselves as better “Christians” than the rest of us are (a rather common “Evangelical” conceit). This means that if there were a gay family member, this school could (and would!) expel non-gay family members because the gay family member contaminates the whole family. I find this abominable and reprehensible… I’m not alone. This is why so many reject Christianity. Yet, our official Church stands silent in the face of such vileness (in fact, many ungrounded ignorant konvertsy applaud it). That makes us accomplices for refusing to speak up. I am NOT a homosexual nor am I part of that milieu, but I find such obsessions pathological and without cause. Our Lord Christ would NOT have acted this way. It’s one thing to demand certain behaviour of someone enrolled in an institution or some social organisation… it’s quite another to punish them for another’s actions. THAT stinks to high heaven… I’m not alone in thinking that way.

BMD

24 May 2016. The Orthosphere is ONE!

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No, Oriental and Eastern Orthodox aren’t in communion, but we DO form a coherent historical, sociological, and cultural whole, especially, in relation to the heterodox confessions (and even more so in relation to the Antichristian “Evangelicals”). The Orthosphere exists… its cultural unity surpasses being out of communion and being theological opponents for centuries. Can we hope that our present disunity can find a solution in our time? God willing, it can!

BMD

24 May 2016. A Point to Ponder…

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The simple straightforward moral imperatives of Christ are the only real answer to our moral quandaries. Civil law has to deal with those that we can’t otherwise resolve. Social justice is an imperative of true morality, but rightwing religious people oppose it, sometimes vehemently. It’s disconcerting to see that what people consider to be “personal immorality” or a neurotic focus on often-petty sexual impropriety dominate the discourse, whilst the concentration of wealth in the hands of people who do and can afford to do the most abominable things, whilst impoverishing the majority of humanity, isn’t considered immoral, no matter how much damage they do to humanity or to their nation.

Bishop Lazar Puhalo

Sunday, 22 May 2016

22 May 2016. Some Thoughts on REAL Christian Love

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There was a real colloquy on love on FB:

Love is “all the law and the prophets”. It’s also the cheapest and most misused word in any language. Too many Christians destroy other human beings from fear and malice, and claim that they do it “from love”. For rightwing fundamentalists, law negates love.

My contribution was:

Love took a body… so St Chrysostom taught us. I believe that. That’s why I believe in an inclusive Church. Yes… there’s room even for the loudmouth haters. God WILL sort them out in the end… that’s the meaning of the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares.

You may have the exclusive “church” of the haters… with its rules, rules, rules… with its long faces and its long list of those excluded for not being “pure” enough or not simply not there as often as the Savanarolas dictate. I prefer the Church that Our Lord Christ founded… the BIG tent… with room for everybody, INCLUDING the haters. Remember what the Parable of the Wheat and Tares means… if you try to “purify” the Church, all that you’d do is to kill it. Do reflect on that the next time that you hear a young immature priest or recent convert ramble on about this-or-that fault or this-or-that sinner…

The Lord Christ forgives… the phonies don’t… bear that in mind…

BMD

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