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.
All people, when they encounter God, respond to His acts of love in different ways. Some are afraid to be seen by God because they know their sins deserve punishment. Others see God’s willingness to forgive with wonder, and take the opportunity for repentance. Sometimes, fear can paralyze us into inaction, hiding ourselves from God in the hopes that He will not see us. Adam and Eve tried that! Other times, fear can keep us safe from the dangers of the world, like train tracks and hot stoves. But fear should never keep us from opening our hearts to God, so that we can learn from His love and repent. It is only when we transform our fear into wonder that we can confess our sins in the Mystery of Confession with open hearts, be forgiven by God, and grow closer to Him.
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