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    do you spank your kids?

    Amen, amen.
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    What is the Priesthood?

    No, it was my error, though I think an easy one to slip into.
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    What is the Priesthood?

    Perhaps I am unfairly conflating the Latin "in persona Christi" with the so-called "iconic argument".
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    Why Aren't We Allowed to Marry Jews?

    Indeed, but you don't need to set up such a false dichotomy. It is not about being Christ-like v. "going to Church". You can do both.
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    Why Aren't We Allowed to Marry Jews?

    John 6, King James Version --------------------------------------- 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink his blood...
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    Patriarch Ignatius IV has died

    Amen, amen. May his memory be eternal!
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    What is the Priesthood?

    I feel the same, though I can't put my finger on why the argument does not sit well with me. Some questions that come to mind: 1. If the priest acts in the place of Christ, why is it necessary that he invoke the Holy Spirit to descend upon the Precious Gifts, rather than merely pronounce the...
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    Why Aren't We Allowed to Marry Jews?

    Lord, forgive the dark fruits of my frustrations.
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    Why Aren't We Allowed to Marry Jews?

    Lawl, Liza, you think he fasts or goes to Church? That is for old ladies (or so goes the thinking of the typical Greek twenty-something -- it is a disease not unlike "lapsed catholic" syndrome).
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    Orthodoxy in Australia

    There's no need to be so apologetic, Alpo. Generic "white" Australians are generally godless and, depending on where one lives, one might not come across Indigenous Australians too often in everyday life. The major growth in Australian evangelicalism is amongst Asians. They are generally as...
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    Anyone from Australia in here ?

    Bless your heart, vamrat. One of my favourite people.
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    Orthodoxy and alcohol...

    I don't know about "forbidden", but it is pretty clear that abstaining from non-wine forms of alcohol demonstrates a proper appreciation for the spirit of the prohibition on wine. I do not understand why some Slavs persist in the legalism inherent in saying "wine means wine": it is a mindset I...
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    Just my opinion, but I think afesin is more appropriately translated as "remission" than "forgiveness". The former seems to square more neatly with our theology of sin and redemption from same.
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    Welp, here it goes.

    Glory to God!
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    what do priests do all day?

    Just engaging in a bit of unfair profiling, but I consider it highly unlikely that he arrives any time before "ta ayia tis ayis" / "the holy things are for the holy", in any event.
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    do you spank your kids?

    All correction of children has the potential to become abusive, whether physical or otherwise. You should not listen to any person who suggests that physical correction is ipso facto abusive (and, personally, I sincerely doubt that children should have the same rights to bodily autonomy and...
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    Should I...

    I don't have any answers, but it was lovely to read your words about your wife and children. Peace, brother.
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    "Tree of Life" Icon - need info, please

    The thing depicted is plainly a vine, not a tree, so I am quite sure that the "Tree of Life" designation is mistaken.
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    Why Aren't We Allowed to Marry Jews?

    Please see my comments above and other recent threads.
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    Why Aren't We Allowed to Marry Jews?

    No, just a typical Greek that thinks he knows better than everybody else and loves to imagine causes for grievance where none exist.