Elder Aimilianos Simonopetritis †
A thought, that is, a wish, a desire or a recollection which crosses swords with the spirit, is an illegitimate child. It’s not from God, nor from my spirit which is kin to and unites with the Father.
Distraction of the nous is adultery. It’s as if I introduce a strange woman into my spirit and this woman becomes a rival of God, or, let’s say, an idol, that is, the person with whom I commit adultery. This is why God and the prophets call idolatry adultery. Moreover, Holy Scripture habitually calls ‘idols’ our thoughts and words, that is, our opinions, our ideas, our hobby-horses. And when we see the Israelites falling into idolatry, victims of their thoughts, cogitations and the underlying reasons for their thinking, Holy Scripture says of them ‘the sons of Israel prostituted themselves’ (Judges 2, 17; Hos. 4, 12; and passim).
Pemptousia and OCN have entered a strategic partnership to bring Orthodoxy Worldwide. Greek philosophers from Ionia considered held that there were four elements or essences (ousies) in nature: earth, water, fire and air. Aristotle added ether to this foursome, which would make it the fifth (pempto) essence, pemptousia, or quintessence. The incarnation of God the Word found fertile ground in man’s proclivity to beauty, to goodness, to truth and to the eternal. Orthodoxy has not functioned as some religion or sect. It was not the movement of the human spirit towards God but the revelation of the true God, Jesus Christ, to man. A basic precept of Orthodoxy is that of the person – the personhood of God and of man. Orthodoxy is not a religious philosophy or way of thinking but revelation and life standing on the foundations of divine experience; it is the transcendence of the created and the intimacy of the Uncreated. Orthodox theology is drawn to genuine beauty; it is the theology of the One “fairer than the sons of men”. So in "Pemptousia", we just want to declare this "fifth essence", the divine beaut in our life. Please note, not all Pemptousia articles have bylines. If the author is known, he or she is listed in the article above.
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