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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:04 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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Who invented palm Sunday?


As it remembers Christ's final entry into Jerusalem, ultimately it was God Who "invented" the day and the event it commemorates.

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Who invented saints days?


As saint's days are usually celebrated on the date that the saint in question died, ultimately it would be God again, Who ordains such things.

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Why did Christians stop honouring God's name in the same superstitious way the Jews did?


That is begging the question: Christians did not stop honouring God's name "in the same superstitious way the Jews did" - what Jesus Christ did was reveal a far more intimate and personal name for Him: Father, even our Father. You will barely find an instance in the Old Testament where God is described as "our Father". Yet how many times does Christ refer to Him as His Father and our Father?

I don,t mind saying/typing the English transliteration "Jehovah" or "Yahweh", so there's no superstition here. Maybe there is some superstition on the part of people who believe we need to use these names, though.


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Have we discovered who Babylon the Great is yet?


Well, "we" have not shared what "our" answers to this question are, nor whether they are the same. This is mainly because I am not really interested in your interpretation, and you are not actually interested in mine and that your question is purely used for rhetoric (or as a springboard for you to advertise the JW's answer).

Any or all of these questions could be expanded into other threads, as I requested in the OP. I even said there that any threads inspired by this one could have links posted here for anyone who was interested. Regardless of what you believe and the truth of it, your singularly obstinate refusal to do this simply shows a lack of respect that makes it incredibly difficult to muster up any desire to care what you're saying. I'm not arguing that you must post in such-and-such a way, but pointing out that, unless you do try being a bit more controlled in your posting, you won't be getting any more responses from me. You may count that as a blessing!



The reason for asking was to ascertain why so many types of worship of God has been established which he has not specifically asked for nor requested of man.

Worship of Jehovah was an illustration of Gods requirement for the Hebrews under Moses which illustrated what  he expected of those who serve him.

Even though the Jew does not recognise their savour they also do not perform the worship which pictured the ransom so why is that if there messiah has not come?

Why did Christians invent a religion and religious practices that God has not decreed?

So how should Christians worship God in spirit and truth?

John 17:20, 21
I make request, not concerning these only, but also concerning those putting faith in me through their word, so that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in union with me and I am in union with you


John 4:23, 24
Nevertheless, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshippers will worship the Father with spirit and truth, for indeed, the Father is looking for ones like these to worship him. God is a Spirit, and those worshipping him must worship with spirit and truth.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last part of my post was perhaps more important with regards to this discussion continuing on this thread. The last two sentences in particular will explain the non-existent nature of my replies to you on this thread from now on. Maybe we will talk elsewhere.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When are the saints alive in heaven?



Revelation 6:9-11
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those slaughtered because of the word of God and because of the witness they had given. They shouted with a loud voice, saying:

“Until when, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, are you refraining from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And a white robe was given to each of them,

and they were told to rest a little while longer, until the number was filled of their fellow slaves and their brothers who were about to be killed as they had been.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Paschal Sermon
by St John Chrysostom

If any man be devout and love God, let him enjoy this fair and radiant triumphal feast. If any man be a wise servant, let him rejoicing enter into the joy of his Lord. If any have labored long in fasting, let him now receive his recompense. If any have wrought from the first hour, let him today receive his just reward. If any have come at the third hour, let him with thankfulness keep the feast. If any have arrived at the sixth hour, let him have no misgivings; because he shall in nowise be deprived thereof. If any have delayed until the ninth hour, let him draw near, fearing nothing. If any have tarried even until the eleventh hour, let him, also, be not alarmed at his tardiness; for the Lord, who is jealous of his honor, will accept the last even as the first; he gives rest unto him who comes at the eleventh hour, even as unto him who has wrought from the first hour.

And he shows mercy upon the last, and cares for the first; and to the one he gives, and upon the other he bestows gifts. And he both accepts the deeds, and welcomes the intention, and honors the acts and praises the offering. Wherefore, enter you all into the joy of your Lord; and receive your reward, both the first, and likewise the second. You rich and poor together, hold high festival. You sober and you heedless, honor the day. Rejoice today, both you who have fasted and you who have disregarded the fast. The table is full-laden; feast ye all sumptuously. The calf is fatted; let no one go hungry away.

Enjoy ye all the feast of faith: Receive ye all the riches of loving-kindness. let no one bewail his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one weep for his iniquities, for pardon has shown forth from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Savior’s death has set us free. He that was held prisoner of it has annihilated it. By descending into Hell, He made Hell captive. He embittered it when it tasted of His flesh. And Isaiah, foretelling this, did cry: Hell, said he, was embittered, when it encountered Thee in the lower regions. It was embittered, for it was abolished. It was embittered, for it was mocked. It was embittered, for it was slain. It was embittered, for it was overthrown. It was embittered, for it was fettered in chains. It took a body, and met God face to face. It took earth, and encountered Heaven. It took that which was seen, and fell upon the unseen.

O Death, where is your sting?
O Hell, where is your victory?
Christ is risen, and you are overthrown.
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen.
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice.
Christ is risen, and life reigns.
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in the grave.

For Christ, being risen from the dead, is become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. To Him be glory and dominion unto ages of ages.

Amen.


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Christ is Risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death,
And to those in the tombs
He has given life!

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JamesJah wrote:
When are the saints alive in heaven?



Revelation 6:9-11
When he opened the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those slaughtered because of the word of God and because of the witness they had given. They shouted with a loud voice, saying:

“Until when, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, are you refraining from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” And a white robe was given to each of them,

and they were told to rest a little while longer, until the number was filled of their fellow slaves and their brothers who were about to be killed as they had been.


Where was Jesus when he sent his angel to John?

When are the dead to rise?

When is the marriage of the lamb to take place?
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



Sermon for Sunday of the Paralyzed Man
(John 5:1-15 and Acts 9:32-42)

by Fr Philip Hall
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A sermon rom the Logos

Matthew 5:1-20
When he saw the crowds, he went up on the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he opened his mouth and began teaching them, saying:

“Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need, since the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.

Happy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted.

Happy are the mild-tempered, since they will inherit the earth.

 “Happy are those hungering and thirsting for righteousness, since they will be filled. 7

Happy are the merciful, since they will be shown mercy.

“Happy are the pure in heart, since they will see God. 9

Happy are the peacemakers, since they will be called sons of God. 10

Happy are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, since the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to them.

Happy are you when people reproach you and persecute you and lyingly say every sort of wicked thing against you for my sake.

Rejoice and be overjoyed, since your reward is great in the heavens, for in that way they persecuted the prophets prior to you.

You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its strength, how will its saltiness be restored? It is no longer usable for anything except to be thrown outside to be trampled on by men.

You are the light of the world. A city cannot be hid when located on a mountain. 15 People light a lamp and set it, not under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it shines on all those in the house.

Likewise, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your fine works and give glory to your Father who is in the heavens.
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On Being True to Ourselves
Met. Anthony Bloom

Time and time and again I am asked by people: “What is the Will of God for me now, in the nearest future?”  And I always refuse to speak in God’s own Name, because I believe that all I, or any priest, can do is to stand before God in awe, and say, “Lord, Thou art the Truth, Thou art Life, Thou art also the Way:  teach this person, be to this person the Way, enlighten this person with the truth, and bring him to such plenitude of life as no one can either convey or give.”

And yet there are things which can be done. Each of us is a free man of God, as St. Paul said clearly. He says there was a time when we all were slaves of Satan, slaves of our passions, of our fears, slaves of all the things that press on all sides and do not allow us to be true people. In Christ freedom is granted;  not license, but the freedom to be ourselves, the freedom to grow into the fullness of the stature which God has dreamt for us, to grow into fullness that will make us truly living members of the Body of Christ, partakers of the Divine Nature.

On whatever step of our spiritual development we are, the first thing which is required of us is that we should be true to ourselves: not to try to be anyone except the person we are; not to try to mimic any behavior, to force ourselves into any mould in heart, in mind, in will which could be a lie before God, to ourselves, a deception for others. The first rule is to be true to ourselves; and to be true with all the integrity, all the passion, all the joy of which we are capable. And what does this mean?

Apart from what I said a moment ago, it means that we must find who we are not only socially, but at another level. To do this, we can read the Gospel which is an image of what a true human being is. The Gospel is not a book of commandments, of orders, as it were, given by God, “Do this, and you will be right in My sight” — no:  it is a picture of what a real human being thinks, feels, does and is. Let us look into the Gospel as one looks into a mirror, and we will discover that in so many ways we are a distorted image, but that in a few ways perhaps, we are a true human being already, at least potentially. Let us mark those passages of which we can say, like Luke and Cleopas on the way to Emmaus: Does not my heart burn within me when I hear, when I read these words? How beautiful they are! How true! That is life!.  And if you find one passage or another to which you respond in this way, rejoice. At that point God has reached you at the deepest level of your being, revealed to you who you truly are; but at the same time He has revealed to you Who He truly is.  He has shown to you that you and He are in harmony; that if you only become what you already, potentially, truly are, you will become (an image) of God; a true undistorted image; at least in one or two things.

Then there is another move:  if we want to be truly ourselves, we must remember that God does not expect us to be what we are not, but what we are. That we can stand before God, and say to Him, “Lord! I have read this and that in the Gospel; I understand it with my mind; I believe in my heart that it must be true; but it does not set my mind aglow, my heart on fire; it does not stir my will, it does not transform me yet. Accept me as I am! I will change, but for the moment I cannot respond to such a commandment, to such an example.” There is a passage so beautiful, to me, in the writings of St. Mark the Ascetic in which he says, “If God stood before you, and said, Do this, and do that — and your heart could not answer ‘Amen’ — then don’t do it; because God does not need your action: He needs your consent, and harmony between Him and you.”

Let us therefore try when we ask ourselves – “where do I already stand?” – in an attempt to find out what the Will of God is for us, not in the absolute, but now. What can I already now be and do, and do it wholeheartedly with God? — because in the end, the aim of our spiritual life, of our life and our faith in Christ does not consist in being drilled into doing one thing rather than the other; it is to establish between God and us a relationship of true friendship, of a joy of mutual freedom, and within this freedom, within this friendship, in response to God’s love, to God’s respect for us, to the faith He has in us, to the hope He has vested in us, and say “This person has understood that he is not a slave, that he is My friend” — and He is our friend. What a joy! And it is a gift of God, which we can give Him as we received it from Him! Amen.


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