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.
It is a question we all ask, but are we really interested in the answer? “What good thing must I do to have eternal life?” These were the words of a rich man, who THOUGHT he wanted to go to heaven. But when he heard what would be required of him, he went away sorrowful. When pushed for an answer, Jesus said, “If you wish to be perfect, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and follow me.” If we cannot bear the idea of living in complete poverty; if we cannot bear the idea of leaving “it all” behind, then we will walk away from God full of sorrow. If we really wish to follow Jesus into heaven, then we will live the life of the Church, which He established to lead us to heaven. What good thing must you do? Live the life of the Church, and you will find your heart with Jesus, and you will follow Him into heaven.
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