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    Can Christians enter pagan temples?

    I remember that episode. It seemed to me that the opening incident was a setup to embarrass the conservative evangelical Christian. A good old "ha ha" at the expense of someones conscience in the name of multi culturalism. That woman was tough. It is the only season of that show I watched. They...
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    Can Christians enter pagan temples?

    Another very thoughtful post by lovesupreme. And BTW I love the Coltrane referenced username and photo of the jazz master himself. Now, as a completely outside the thread question, have you ever seen, on-line, the quasi-Orthodox, certainly non canonical, church of St. John Coltrane? They even...
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    Can Christians enter pagan temples?

    I have mixed feelings about these instances. The religious part of me is saddened to see sacred spaces turned into commercial venues, bars and restaurants. The aesthetic side of me sees the architecture and is thankful the building didnt get turned down to make way for a Walgreens. At least the...
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    Can Christians enter pagan temples?

    I completely agree with lovesupreme's post above. I do question the - ask a priest for advice, part, however. 1. what if you ask 2 different priests and one says yes and one says no? What's the tie-breaker? 2. what will a priest necessarily know that a sincere, devout, well-read layperson not...
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    Can Christians enter pagan temples?

    In Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul also took a stroll through the Greek mall lined with statues to various gods and commended them for their statue to the unknown god and used it as a jumping off point to preach to them (not that we should do that (stand up and preach) at someone's wedding or...
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    Dangers when those not in the Orthodox Church pray the Jesus Prayer

    It can remind you of whatever you want. Nevertheless, it is how I see things. Furthermore, I think a simple rule of morning and evening prayer; reading a Psalm or two or five (depending on length) and reading the lectionary scriptures for the day are the foundation for Orthodox spirituality...
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    Dangers when those not in the Orthodox Church pray the Jesus Prayer

    The Jesus Prayer in Orthodoxy reminds me very much of speaking in tongues in charasmatic circles when I was a Protestant in that: 1. There is a lot of contradictory information regarding both practices within the circles that promote them. 2. There is a lot of superstition that surrounds each...
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    Dangers when those not in the Orthodox Church pray the Jesus Prayer

    I pulled some quotes from the past 4 or 5 posts and did not attribute who posted the quote, only for convenience sake and because I do not know how to crop quotes to show only the parts I wish to comment on. So, please understand that these are not one person's statements. I am just pulling them...
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    Dangers when those not in the Orthodox Church pray the Jesus Prayer

    I agree. This discussion almost appears petty and childish - "this is our prayer and you protestants and hipster intellectuals can't have it. Cause first you gotta do this, then you gotta do that, then you gotta do it the right way, but first you gotta be Orthodox, but not one of them modernist...
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    Was Christ really Jewish?

    True, technically Jesus wasn't a Christian. He was a Jew in the flesh, who received his flesh from a Jewish maiden who became the very first Christian and whom we venerate today. Of course, also being God incarnate He also fulfilled Old Testament Judaism and established the Christian faith...
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    Was Christ really Jewish?

    Amen! +1 [b][color=green]quoting tags corrected - MK
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    Was Christ really Jewish?

    Good post biro! Is it any wonder that more and more people describe thmselves as "nones." As is in, which religion do you practice: None! Increasingly people just equate religion with bigotry and intolerance. When you read some of this crazy #%*! you can see why.
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    Was Christ really Jewish?

    But he was funnier and sometimes over the top just to be maddening. Although quite full of himself too, so not very tolerable. But he could surpprise you sometimes. This stuff is just creepy.
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    Was Christ really Jewish?

    This is a scary and troubling thread.
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    Christ's teachings on poverty. Help?

    You can't fall into a health & wealth gospel mindset with these kinds of "promises" in the Bible. There are any number of general truisms that have to be seen as wise observations about how life generally turns out when you live it the right way and with love and trust in God. But they are not...
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