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Recent content by ignatius

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    The Infancy Gospel of James - Best Translation?

    Hello, It's been some time since I've visited. Can anyone give me guidance on the best translation with notes on how this Gospel is present in the Liturgy of the Orthodox Church? Thank you!
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    God as an Active Agent of Evil?

    How should we interpret this since God is a God of Love? I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the host of heaven standing round him on his right and on his left. And the Lord said, “Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?” One suggested this, and...
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    Christ as a Sacrifice to God...

    Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. ~ New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (Eph 5:1–2). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation. I know...
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    Knowledge of God... Plain to know?

    In the Epistle to the Romans 1:18-20: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation...
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    Sabbatarian Claims

    Greetings all! I've recently been dialoging with a Sabbatarian who I think if a Messianic Jew. We've been talking about Worshiping on the Sabbath: Ultimately, he doesn't seem to recognize the New Covenant nor Christ's Victory over Death and the coming of the 8th Day as being present in the...
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    Studying New Testament Greek... Suggestions?

    Grace and Peace, I was looking for a study of New Testament Greek... I was looking at Olive Tree... but I wanted to know if there was anything Orthodox? Thanks.
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    Prayers for Co-worker Kristen Balla

    I very dear co-worker, Kristen Balla suffered a pulmonary Embolism Saturday morning while visiting a friend in Maryland. EMS had to resuscitate her 15 times and since then she has been in 4 surgeries at the University of Maryland Hospital to remove 2 Blood Clots and to close up internal...
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    Same-Sex Marriage Icon... or something else?

    What is this icon really saying? http://www.christianity-revealed.com/cr/files/whensamesexmarriagewasachristianrite.html
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    Merit and Reward: an Orthodox Understanding

    Grace and Peace, As one from the Catholic Tradition, I continue to struggle with Merit and Reward and I want to understand the Orthodox Understanding of this... The Old Testament declares the meritoriousness of good works before God. "But the just shall live for evermore: and their reward is...
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    Orthodox Teaching of St. Nicholas

    Help me explain Santa Claus and St. Nicholas and the years I've spent lying to my daughter about it all? How in the world do I do this? Thank you for your help. Grace and Peace!
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    God's Sovereignty - Orthodox View?

    A Calvinist friend of my asked me to consider these ideas and I was interested in an Orthodox view of them? Consider Acts 2:23. God sovereignly decreed that Christ would be betrayed and killed. And yet he holds these men accountable for their actions. God made sure that Christ was betrayed and...
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    Sheol, Hades, Hell, and Ghenna - Orthodox Understanding?

    Grace and Peace, I've been reading Archbishop Hilarion Alfeyev's book "Christ The Conqueror of Hell". Could someone knowledgeable give a brief definition of these four terms? As I understand it Sheol and Hades are synonymous, correct? Hell and Ghenna also synonymous? Am I to understand that...
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    Viaticum in the Eastern Church?

    Grace and Peace, Is there a tradition of Viaticum in the Eastern Church?
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    Advice Regarding Family and Friends

    Grace and Peace, Okay. It appears that I am getting closer to entering into Holy Orthodoxy by entering into the Catechumenate. Unfortunately, I am doing this alone. My wife and my two children aren't coming with me at this time. As a Roman Catholic and a devoted father this is and has been a...
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    One More Time...

    Grace and Peace, One more time I throw myself into the bosom of Holy Orthodoxy in an attempt to more fully embrace the Christian Faith. This Great Lent I have vowed to attend St. Cyprian of Carthage Orthodox Church with my children during this Great Fast and submit myself to the Traditions and...