I am an Orthodox Christian priest. I have been Orthodox my entire life and a priest since July 2007. From my perspective, in America at least, we have lost the functional understanding of our Orthodox Christian Faith. We must take seriously that our Traditions have purpose and are not a just a litany of tasks and obligations we must perform. To "boil down" the Faith to that creates an environment I believe is what the Apostle Paul taught against. Glory to God.
Using the Parable of the Sower (Luke 8.5-15), Jesus taught that there are four conditions of the heart. Either the heart is hardened and the Word of God cannot penetrate, or the heart is shallow and the roots cannot grow deep, or the heart is filled with thorns which chock the heart, or the heart is rich fertile soil which produces fruit a hundred fold. Most of us spend most of our time surrounded by thorns, so God has given us His Church to assist with plucking the thorns from our heart. Without proper care, our heart will never grow deep roots and produce the fruit of faith, but by using the life of the Church you can pluck out the thorns from your heart and produce fruit a hundred fold for the glory of God.
ABOUT BE TRANSFIGURED
Be Transfigured! We invite you to Live a New Life in Christ. We feature videos of our weekly sermons, classes on Orthodox Christianity, Bible studies, questions and answers, and special events in the life of the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church in Florence, SC
ABOUT FATHER ATHANASIOS C. HAROS
Father Athanasios C Haros is the Pastor at the Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church in Florence, South Carolina. His sermon series, known as “Be Transfigured” are found each week on the Orthodox Christian Network. You can find more information about his parish at www.GoFlorence.org, and www.LiveANewLifeInChrist.org.
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