- Sep 17, 2008
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- Missouri, USA
Now that we've gotten past the feast, I have to get something off my chest.
If I have the ability to curb something from the outset, I'd like to avoid the fact that: Yes, Orthodoxy is a religion of miracles. I get that. I'm not stupid. And also that: In order to believe most of those miracles, I have to have faith. I'm just asking that people not mention that fact, as I'm already aware of it. But every time this feast comes around, I just have issues with the story/stories (as there are differing accounts as usual).
So in a nutshell, St. Helen went to the Holy Land and asked around about where the crucifixion happened, and almost none of the Christians there knew. There was no sustained and consistent local tradition of the location. But eventually she found someone who had secret knowledge of the location, which was beneath a pagan temple. She had the temple torn down, and there she found three crosses? But which one was the real cross? I think this is where I get tripped up the most. I realize there are other things to get hung up on, but for me, I just have a very hard time believing this part.
Let's say that somehow her source was perfectly right, and the pagan temple really was built on Golgotha. Even if the location was right, why would all three crosses have been left at that exact location next to each other? And where they just left laying there, undisturbed by all passers-by in a busy city, until enough dirt, sand, and soil naturally covered them? Even if this somehow did happen, how could something like wood have survived intact buried underneath the ground? Wouldn't wood have all deteriorated very quickly, even in a climate like Jerusalem's?
The rest of the story continues in other more ridiculous ways in the future, like armies of people invading and killing other people to recover the True Cross from Persia, when the work of the cross was to save people, but I digress.
Anybody have any helpful responses to the things I mentioned? I'm just trying to be honest with the things that I really don't seem to believe, rather than just ignoring them or pretending that I believe them fully without qualification.
Sorry if I'm rambling. Nothing about this is causing any kind of crisis of faith or is a huge point of concern for me, it would just be nice if there were some ways to see this that seemed less ridiculous to me.