Questions about Protestantism, Saints, Prayer and Holy Sacraments

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Questions about

Protestantism, Saints, prayer

& Holy Sacraments

Question: Is there any instances known of the use of saintly intercession in the Church before the Saint Constantine, or in light of the Bible verses above?

Answer:

Yes, in the Maccabees and Baruch in the Old Testament (Septuagint).

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Question: How do Baptismal names work?

Answer:

You are named for a Saint that you share a name with or are close to.

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Question: My birthname is Noah, is the biblical Noah considered a Saint?

Answer:

Yes, Noah is a Saint.

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Question: Why are certain prayers repeated a lot?

Answer:

Because Christ prayed repeatedly when He was in the Temple, and in Revelation the elders and angels repeat prayers.

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Question: What is the purpose of Sacraments? This is something that I have always found vague when reading about Orthodoxy.

Answer:

They are how we participate in God’s divine life, and are the basis for why we do everything else we do.

 

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What does it mean to dress modestly?

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What does it mean to dress modestly?

In describing the mode of dress appropriate for women in church, the apostle Paul exhorts them to dress “modestly” with “decency and propriety” then goes on to contrast immodest dress with the good deeds which are appropriate for those who profess to be true worshipers of God (1 Timothy 2:9–10). While the Bible only specifically addresses the need for women to dress modestly, the same teaching would apply to men in principle. Both men and women should bring glory to God in their manner of dress.

Modesty in the way we dress is not just for church; it is to be the standard for all Christians at all times. The key to understanding what constitutes modesty in dress is to examine the attitudes and intents of the heart. Those whose hearts are inclined toward God will make every effort to dress modestly, decently, and appropriately. Those whose hearts are inclined toward self will dress in a manner designed to draw attention to themselves with little or no regard for the consequences to themselves or others.

A godly woman endeavors to do everything with a “God-ward” perspective. She knows that God wants His people to be concerned for His glory and the spiritual state of their brothers and sisters in Christ. If a woman professes to be a Christian yet she dresses in a way that will unduly draw attention to her body, she is a poor witness of the One who bought her soul by dying for her on the cross. She is forgetting that her body has been redeemed by Christ and is now the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19–20). She is telling the world that she determines her own worth on a purely physical basis and that her attractiveness depends on how much of her body she reveals to them. Further, by dressing in an immodest fashion, displaying her body for men to lust after, she causes her brothers in Christ to sin, something condemned by God (Matthew 5:27–29). Proverbs 7:10 mentions a woman “dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent”—here, the woman’s heart condition is displayed by her manner of dress.

The Scripture says that we are to dress modestly, but what exactly does that mean in modern society? Does a woman have to be covered from head to toe? There are cults and religions in the world that demand this of women. But is that the biblical meaning of modesty? Again, we have to go back to the matter of the attitudes of the heart. If a woman’s heart is inclined toward godliness, she will wear clothing that is neither provocative nor revealing in public, clothing that does not reflect negatively upon her personal testimony as a child of God. Everyone else in her circle may be dressing immodestly, but she resists the temptation to go along with the crowd. She avoids clothing designed to draw attention to her body and cause men to lust, for she is wise enough to know that type of attention only cheapens her. The idea of causing men to sin against God because of her dress is abhorrent to her because she seeks to love and honor God and wants others to do the same.

Modesty in dress reveals a modesty and godliness of the heart, attitudes that should be the desire of all women (and men) who live to please and honor God.

Source: Elizabeth George, A Woman After God’s Own Heart, 2007

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What are Cherubim? Are Cherubs Angels?

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What are Cherubim? Are Cherubs Angels?

Cherubim/cherubs are angelic beings involved in the worship and praise of God. The cherubim are first mentioned in the Bible in Genesis 3:24, “After He drove the man out, He placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.” Prior to his rebellion, Satan was a cherub (Ezekiel 28:12-15). The tabernacle and temple along with their articles contained many representations of cherubim (Exodus 25:17-22; 26:1, 31; 36:8; 1 Kings 6:23-35; 7:29-36; 8:6-7; 1 Chronicles 28:18; 2 Chronicles 3:7-14; 2 Chronicles 3:10-13; 5:7-8; Hebrews 9:5).

Chapters 1 and 10 of the book of Ezekiel describe the “four living creatures” (Ezekiel 1:5) as the same beings as the cherubim (Ezekiel 10). Each had four faces—that of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle (Ezekiel 1:10; also 10:14)—and each had four wings. In their appearance, the cherubim “had the likeness of a man” (Ezekiel 1:5). These cherubim used two of their wings for flying and the other two for covering their bodies (Ezekiel 1:6, 11, 23). Under their wings the cherubim appeared to have the form, or likeness, of a man’s hand (Ezekiel 1:8; 10:7-8, 21).

The imagery of Revelation 4:6-9 also seems to be describing cherubim. The cherubim serve the purpose of magnifying the holiness and power of God. This is one of their main responsibilities throughout the Bible. In addition to singing God’s praises, they also serve as a visible reminder of the majesty and glory of God and His abiding presence with His people.

Source: C. Fred Dickason, Angels: Elect & Evil, MOODY PUBLISHERS / 1995 / PAPERBACK

What does the Bible say about clothing?

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What does the Bible say about clothing?

Clothing has played a major role in the history of God’s interactions with man and is featured prominently from Genesis (3:7) to Revelation (22:14). Outward attire sometimes symbolizes inward realities, and in the Bible clothing often has spiritual significance.

The first mention of clothing is in the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve sinned, their eyes were opened (Genesis 3:6–7), which means they had a new awareness that they were naked. The accompanying shame propelled them to fashion the very first clothing—they sewed fig leaves together to try to cover their bodies. So, even from the beginning, clothing has symbolized the need to cover our sin and shame. God, in His mercy, killed an animal and made garments for Adam and Eve from the skin of the animal (Genesis 3:21). This act of God serves as a picture of our inability to effectively atone for our own sin. The fact that an animal had to die—blood had to be shed—in order to cover Adam and Eve’s shame is a foreshadowing of the later sacrifice of Christ. Our inability to cover our own sin necessitated God’s Son coming to earth to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves (Philippians 2:6–8; Titus 3:5).

Throughout human history, clothing styles and colors have been indicators of a person’s status, wealth, position, and gender. The Bible contains many examples of clothing used to communicate different things. Royal robes were worn by kings to distinguish them from commoners (2 Chronicles 18:9; Esther 6:8; 1 Kings 22:30). Sackcloth, a coarse material that was uncomfortable to wear, was worn during times of grief and mourning to symbolize the inner pain someone felt at the loss of a loved one (Joel 1:8), to show repentance (Jonah 3:5), or to mourn a political tragedy (Joel 1:13; 2 Kings 19:1). Prostitutes had a certain manner of dress and could be recognized by their clothing (Genesis 38:14–15; Proverbs 7:10). Leather belts were a sign of poverty or asceticism; Elijah and John the Baptist both wore leather belts (2 Kings 1:8; Mark 1:6). Men and Continue reading “What does the Bible say about clothing?”

Τι πρέπει να γνωρίζουμε για τα όνειρα, τα οράματα και τις δαιμονικές πλάνες;

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Τι πρέπει να γνωρίζουμε για τα όνειρα, τα οράματα και τις δαιμονικές πλάνες;

Απαντήσεις από τον Άγιο Παΐσιο τον Αγιορείτη

Οι μαύρες δυνάμεις του σκότους

-Γέροντα, φοβάμαι την πλάνη
-Καλά κάνεις. Όποιος φοβάται την πλάνη, δεν πλανιέται, γιατί προσέχει και λέει όλους τους λογισμούς του δεν κρύβει τίποτε, κι έτσι βοηθιέται.

-Γέροντα, τι είναι η προδιάθεση πλάνης;
-Προδιάθεση πλάνης είναι να έχεις την ιδέα ότι κάτι είσαι και να δείχνεις στους άλλους ότι κάτι κάνεις. Να νομίζεις ότι εσύ έφθασες σε πνευματικά μέτρα, επειδή κάνεις λ.χ. κάποια άσκηση, ενώ οι άλλοι δεν έχουν ακόμη συλλάβει το νόημα της πνευματικής ζωής, και να φέρεσαι υπερήφανα.

Το να ζορίζει κανείς τον εαυτό του εγωιστικά στην άσκηση, για φτάσει στα μέτρα ενός Αγίου και να τον θαυμάζουν οι άλλοι, αυτό είναι αρχή πλάνης. Άλλο βία και άλλο ζόρισμα. Είχα πει σε κάποιον: «Πρόσεξε μην πλανηθείς με την τακτική που ακολουθείς δεν πας καλά». «Εγώ να πλανηθώ; Μου λέει. Εγώ ούτε κρέας δεν τρώω». Ούτε για εξομολόγηση πάει. Στην εικόνα λέει τις αμαρτίες του. «Ορθόδοξος είσαι εσύ ή Προτεστάντης; Του λέω. Πού το βρήκες αυτό γραμμένο;». «Γιατί, μου λέει, ο Χριστός δεν ακούει;». Άκου εκεί κουβέντα!

-Γέροντα, βοηθάει η σωματική άσκηση στον αγώνα κατά των παθών;
-Αν χρησιμοποιείται γι’; αυτόν τον σκοπό βοηθάει. Ταπεινώνεται το σώμα και Continue reading “Τι πρέπει να γνωρίζουμε για τα όνειρα, τα οράματα και τις δαιμονικές πλάνες;”

¿Cuáles son los Diez Mandamientos? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Spanish

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¿Cuáles son los Diez Mandamientos?

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El Decálogo

Lo que la revelación nos enseña en el Antiguo Testamento sobre la vida espiritual del hombre aparece además en numerosos preceptos entre los cuales los diez mandamientos de Moisés o el Decá­logo siguen guiando hoy día a los cristianos—los cuatro primeros enseñan al amor para con Dios, los otros—el amor para con el prójimo. La mayor parte de ellos toman la forma de prohibiciones e indican los principales obstáculos en el camino de la vida verdadera.

Los dos primeros mandamientos

El primer mandamiento recuerda la verdad esen­cial del Antiguo Testamento: hay un solo Dios y es Él solo en quien está nuestra vida. “Yo soy el Señor tu Dios y no tendrás dioses ajenos delante de mí.” El segundo mandamiento explica el primero: “No te harás imagen, ni ninguna semejanza de cosa que esté arriba en el cielo, ni abajo en la tierra, ni en las aguas debajo de la tierra: no te inclinarás a ellas, ni las honrarás.”
Esta es una amonestación contra el culto pagano de dioses falsos. Existen todavía hoy idólatras inconscientes, aún entre los cristianos: todos los que toman por valor supremo cualquier valor rela­tivo, por ejemplo el triunfo de su propio pueblo, o de su raza o de su clase social (así todas las especies de patriotería, de racismo o de comunismo). El que lo sacrifica todo por el dinero, la gloria, la ambición o la satisfacción personal, se fragua un ídolo y lo adora. Todo cuanto es traición con­tra Dios, sustituyendo la mentira por la verdad, y al mismo tiempo subordinando el todo a una parte, lo más elevado a lo más bajo.
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Όταν μια ψυχή αγωνίζεται χρόνια & δεν βλέπει πρόοδο, τι συμβαίνει; ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Απαντάει ο Άγιος Παΐσιος ο Αγιορείτης (+1994)

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Όταν μια ψυχή αγωνίζεται χρόνια & δεν βλέπει πρόοδο, τι συμβαίνει;

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Απαντάει ο Άγιος Παΐσιος ο Αγιορείτης (+1994)

—Γέροντα Παΐσιε, ὅταν μιά ψυχή ἀγωνίζεται χρόνια καί δέν βλέπη πρόοδο, τί συμβαίνει;

—Ὅταν δέν βλέπουμε πρόοδο στόν ἀγῶνα μας, σημαίνει ἤ ὅτι δέν ἔχουμε ἐγρήγορσι ἤ ὅτι ὁ Θεός δέν ἐπιτρέπει νά προχωρήσουμε περισσότερο, γιά νά μήν ὑπερηφανευθοῦμε καί βλαφθοῦμε.

—Γέροντα, ὅπως βλέπω τόν ἑαυτό μου, κάθε μέρα γίνομαι χειρότερη [μιλοῦσε σέ μοναχές], τί θά γίνη;

—Κοίταξε, εὐλογημένη, ὑπάρχουν τρία στάδια. Στό πρῶτο στάδιο, ὁ Θεός δίνει καραμέλες καί σοκολάτες, γιατί βλέπει τήν ἀνάγκη καί τήν ἀδυναμία τῆς ψυχῆς. Στό δεύτερο, παίρνει λίγο τή Χάρι Του γιά παιδαγωγία, γιά νά καταλάβη ὁ ἄνθρωπος ὅτι χωρίς τή βοήθειά Του δέν μπορεῖ νά κάνη τό παραμικρό, ὥστε νά ταπεινωθῆ καί νά αἰσθανθῆ τήν ἀνάγκη νά καταφύγη σ’ Αὐτόν. Καί τό τρίτο στάδιο εἶναι μιά μόνιμη καί σταθερή καλή πνευματική κατάστασι. Ἐσύ βρίσκεσαι ἀνάμεσα στό δεύτερο καί τρίτο στάδιο. Προχωρᾶς λίγο, μετά ξεχνᾶς τήν ἀδυναμία σου, παίρνει ὁ Χριστός τή Χάρι Του, ἀπογυμνώνεσαι ἀπό τή θεία Χάρι, βλέπεις ξανά τήν ἀδυναμία σου καί συνέρχεσαι. Ἄν μοῦ ἔλεγες ὅτι, ὅσο προχωρᾶς, εἶσαι καλύτερα, θά φοβόμουν, γιατί θά ἔβλεπα ὅτι ἔχεις ὑπερηφάνεια. Τώρα, ὅμως, πού λές ὅτι ὅλο καί πιό χάλια βλέπεις τόν ἑαυτό σου, ἐγώ χαίρομαι, γιατί βλέπω ὅτι εἶσαι καλά. Μή φοβᾶσαι. Ὅσο προχωράει κανείς, τόσο περισσότερο βλέπει τίς ἐλλείψεις του καί τίς ἀτέλειες του καί αὐτό εἶναι πρόοδος.

Από το Βιβλίο:

Ἀρχιμ. Ἰωάννου Κωστώφ, GPS ΓΙΑ ΤΟΝ ΠΑΡΑΔΕΙΣΟ, Δέν ὑπάρχει δευτέρα εὐκαιρία ἀλλά Δευτέρα Παρουσία, Περί Πνευματικοῦ Ἀγῶνος 2, ΕΚΔ. ΑΓ. ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ Ο ΔΑΜΑΣΚΗΝΟΣ (τηλ. 2108220542), ΑΘΗΝΑ 2011

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