Hell and God’s Goodness

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 image of God as a loving being is a hell where one suffers. Is the devil in charge of hell? Would a loving God...

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Creed and Confessions in the Orthodox Church

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 Orthodox response to the Protestant Reformation and discussed where Orthodoxy stood on the doctrines of the Reformation. I can’t find anything in print....

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Do Pets Go to Heaven?

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 and cats and other household pets. Those of us who have pets in our homes often come to be attached...

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The Priest-Martyr Haralambos

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 demanding and requires a calling from the Lord. The Priest is the leader of worship, but he also is a preacher of the Word...

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You Were Presented in the Temple

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 practice at that time, the first-born son of a family was to be brought forty days after his birth to the Temple in...

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Suffering and God

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? Is God a loving God? Is God blameless? Is God parental? Does part of the answer lie in the concept of Free Will,...

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Kollyva – Memorial Wheat

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 he or she has, and the kind of life he or she lives. All this is within the grace of God and made possible...

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Why Were Human Beings Created?

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. The question is, “Why was humanity created by God?” I know the “how” and the “circumstances,” but not the “why.”  – D.A.C.,...

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“The World” – Is it Good or Bad?

“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 the word “world” has bad meanings. How can we make sense of this? The World as the Creation is Good: In the story of the creation...

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Business Ethics 101

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, manipulation of financial records, and the gaining of wealth by devious means that have ruined the retirement expectations of hundreds of thousands of employees and...

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In Success – Thanking God

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 is accomplished is the result only of the efforts, talents and abilities that it enjoys. The reverent mind transcends itself, and understands that whatever accomplishments we achieve...

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Integrity

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 will discover profound meanings that speak directly to the way we are to be and to live our Orthodox Christian life. We can start...

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