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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Were Jesus' miracles really true?


TEXTS - ORTHODOXY


Were Jesus' miracles really true ?

The fact that Jesus was sent from God clearly indicates that he was able to perform miracles. This was recognised not just by the disciples, but by others too. For example in John 3:2, Nicodemus, a Pharisee, says of Jesus:

"Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God, for no one can do these signs that you are doing unless God is with him."

Another example is the feeding of the 5,000, which is found in all four gospels.

What is Reincarnation?


HEART QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS


What is Reincarnation?

Reincarnation (which literally means 'to come again in the flesh') is the belief that at death the soul separates from the body to then be reborn in a new body. A person's deeds in their lifetime (known as karma) determine their fate in the next. To break this cycle of death and rebirth, one should strive to eliminate karmic debt through good deeds and attain Nirvana, a state of inner peace. Reincarnation as a belief is found in many eastern religions (e.g. in Hinduism, where it is known as Samsara.)

Christianity rejects reincarnation as contrary to the sovereignty of God - the ultimate judge of all. Furthermore, the cycle of rebirth and death as a way of dealing with our sins would negate Christ's sacrificial death on the cross, made for the sins of all mankind.

"Just as it is appointed that human beings die once, and after this the judgment, so also Christ, offered once to take away the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to take away sin but to bring salvation to those who eagerly await him" (Hebrews 9:27-28).

He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest - Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Syria (+108)


SAINTS OF MY HEART


He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest

Saint Ignatius of Antioch, Syria (+108)

No earthly pleasures, no kingdoms of this world can benefit me in any way. I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthest limits of the earth. He who died in place of us is the one object of my quest. He who rose for our sakes is my one desire. Do not talk about Jesus Christ as long as you love this world.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Saints must be honored as friends of Christ - Saint John of Damascus (+749)


The Saints must be honored as friends of Christ and children and heirs of God. Let us carefully observe the manner of life of all the apostles, martyrs, ascetics, and just men who announced the coming of the Lord. And let us emulate their faith, charity, hope, zeal, life, patience under suffering, and perseverance unto death so that we may also share their crowns of glory.

—Saint John of Damascus (+749)