Posts by Fr. Stanley Harakas

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Hell and God’s Goodness

Q: Your book The Orthodox Church: 455 Questions and Answers mentions some quotes about Hell. Frankly, one of the things I find very incompatible with my…

Mar 02, 2015
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Creed and Confessions in the Orthodox Church

Q: I am interested in the “synod of Jerusalem” held in the 17th century, and in a book called the “Diocletian Confession,” I think. It was the…

Mar 02, 2015
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Do Pets Go to Heaven?

Q: Do pets go to heaven when they die? A: This is a sympathetic question, and it is understandable, at least by pet owners who come to love their dogs…

Feb 25, 2015
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The Priest-Martyr Haralambos

The committed priestly life is filled with deep responsibilities to God, to Church, to Society and Community, and to Family. The work of the Priest is…

Feb 10, 2015
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You Were Presented in the Temple

On February 2, our Orthodox Church celebrates a beautiful moment in the life of Christ – The Presentation of Christ at the Temple. According to the Jewish…

Jan 26, 2015
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Suffering and God

Q: Why does God allow suffering?  Is God either uncaring or incapable of helping? Is faith in God no longer justifiable? Does God know? Does God care?…

Jan 20, 2015
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Kollyva – Memorial Wheat

The Orthodox Church prays for the departed. According to our Faith, we believe that each person prepares for life after death in accordance with the faith…

Jan 20, 2015
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Why Were Human Beings Created?

Why were human beings created? Q: I have asked many persons this question, but I have as yet not received a satisfactory answer. Maybe there is no answer….

Dec 10, 2014
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“The World” – Is it Good or Bad?

One of the most confusing words in the Christian vocabulary is the “world.” Sometimes it seems to have good meanings, sometimes neutral and sometimes…

Oct 16, 2014
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Business Ethics 101

During the past few years, concern about business ethics has come to the fore with the collapse of large corporations, largely because of shady deals,…

Sep 26, 2014
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In Success – Thanking God

The earthly mind is confined to itself. When it accomplishes something, it takes full credit for the accomplishment, and self-centeredly assumes that what…

Sep 19, 2014
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Integrity

It isn’t very often that we hear the word “integrity” in the religious language of our Greek Orthodox Church. Yet, if we scratch the surface, we…

Sep 14, 2014