What was the reason for man’s fall?

What was the reason for man’s fall?

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi   The fall was the result of the inexperience and carelessness of God-created man. These made him neglect and practically betray his personal union and communion with God the Father, believing that he can prosper by himself. Therefore, the fall is regarded and is named as...

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The mystery of the divine ‘Being’ is the ineffable mystery of love

The mystery of the divine ‘Being’ is the ineffable mystery of love

Metropolitan Amfilhije (Radović) of Montenegro and the Littoral   The truth is that the Son is the revelation of the Father and is testimony to the fact that, without a profound investigation of the mystery of sonship, it is impossible to delve into the sacred mystery of real paternity. Fatherhood...

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Do you want to see God?

Do you want to see God?

Fr. Andreas Agathokleous   Abba Olympios recounts: ‘One time, a pagan priest came down to Skete and slept in my cell. When he saw the way the monks lived he asked me: “The way you live, do you never see anything of your God?” “No”, I answered. He went on....

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Elder Moses the Athonite   We’ve said before that God is not wrathful, bent on punishment and revenge. If He were, He would be bad. But there’s no trace of badness in the divinity. Every trial is an education from God and is a form of the spiritual struggle we...

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Euthanasia: the Church accepts it only from God!

Euthanasia: the Church accepts it only from God!

Angelos Alekopoulos   People are free and autonomous and can decide on matters pertinent to their lives and even as regards their death. According to the Church, people are an image of God, autonomous, certainly, but only in terms of their relationship with others. Our freedom has to do with...

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Our Relationship with God: 9. Spiritual progress

Our Relationship with God: 9. Spiritual progress

Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou)   As Christ descended first to the nethermost parts of the earth and then ascended above the heavens, so humble love raises up a ladder in the heart of man. The same ladder which Christ used to descend to man, man uses to ascend to...

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Our Relationship with God: 8. Pride and despair

Our Relationship with God: 8. Pride and despair

Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou)   We also said that those who are born of the spirit have a heart in which dwells Christ ‘through faith’. According to biblical anthropology and orthodox tradition, the heart of man is the centre of his personhood. It is there that choices occur and...

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‘A flaming fire is extinguished by water: so charity from the heart atones for sins’

‘A flaming fire is extinguished by water: so charity from the heart atones for sins’

Protopresbyter Stefanos Anagnostopoulos   Interpreting the phrase ‘I was hungry and you gave me food’, the Fathers of the Church say that some people have been saved without performing any works of charity. First and foremost was the robber who was crucified on the right of Christ, although there were...

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Charity is a heart burning for the whole of creation

Charity is a heart burning for the whole of creation

Protopresbyter Stefanos Anagnostopoulos   . So if you have something to say, if you’re a good speaker, if you know how to present things and...

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Jonathan Jackson: The Subversion of Social Structures Today

Jonathan Jackson: The Subversion of Social Structures Today

Watch Now “The word became flesh”: this revolutionary truth is the base of the real distinction for every human and social structure under the light of Jesus Christ. With these words Jonathan Jackson in this part of his interview to Pemptousia interprets the pointless efforts of the modern man for...

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