Will the Heterodox Be Saved?

30 September 12

With reference to the above question, it is particularly instructive to recall the answer once given to an inquirer by the Blessed Theophan the Recluse. The blessed one replied more or less thus: “You ask, will the heterodox be saved… Why do you worry about them? They have a Saviour Who desires the salvation of every human being. He will take care of them. You and I should not be burdened with such a concern. Study yourself and your own sins… I will tell you one thing, however: should you, being Orthodox and possessing the Truth in its fullness, betray Orthodoxy, and enter a different faith, you will lose your soul forever.”

We believe the foregoing answer by the saintly ascetic to be the best that can be given in this matter.


* The Greek word for “heresy” is derived from the word for “choice” and hence inherently implies conscious, willful rejection or opposition to the Divine Truth manifest in the Orthodox Church.

From Orthodox Life, Vol. 34, No. 6 (Nov.-Dec., 1984), pp. 33-36.

Things to Remember #4

12 September 12

Saint John of KronstadtSaint John of Kronstadt

“Love every man in spite of his falling into sin. Never mind the sins, but remember that the foundation of the man is the same – the image of God.” – St. John of Kronstadt

11 Years Ago..

11 September 12
Septermber 11, 2001 - Memory Eternal!

September 11, 2001 – Memory Eternal!

Things to Remember #3

9 September 12

When you hear that Christ descended into hell in order to deliver the souls dwelling there, do not think that what happens now is very different.

The heart is a tomb and there our thoughts and our intellect are buried, imprisoned in heavy darkness. And so Christ comes to the souls in hell that call upon Him, descending, that is to say, into the depths of the heart; and there He commands death to release the imprisoned souls that call upon Him, for He has power to deliver us.

Then, lifting up the heavy stone that oppresses the soul, and opening the tomb, He resurrects us – for we were truly dead – and releases our imprisoned soul from its lightless prison.

St Symeon Metaphrastis (h/t: Holy Cross Monastery)

My Favorite Dawn Treader Quote

12 December 10

So, wee just finished the “Voyage of the Dawn Treader”. It was an awesome movie. Rach had recently finished reading all of the books so it was interesting as parts passed she would tell me what was supposed to (or not supposed to) be there.

We got to the end and then came the best quote of the entire series so far and really may trump the description of the creation of Narnia in “The Magician’s Nephew.. but the jury is still out on that.

“Please, Aslan,” said Lucy. “Before we go, will you tell us when we can come back to Narnia again? Please. And oh, do, do, do make it soon.”

“Dearest,” said Aslan very gently, “you and your brother will never come back to Narnia.”

“Oh, Aslan!!” said Edmund and Lucy both together in despairing voices“You are too old, children,” said Aslan, “and you must begin to come close to your own world now.”

“It isn’t Narnia, you know,” sobbed Lucy. “It’s you. We shan’t meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?”

“But you shall meet me, dear one,” said Aslan.

“Are are you there too, Sir?” said Edmund.

“I am,” said Aslan. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.”

I am still amazed at the transparency of the above statement. I will tell you now, I do not care if my children read any other fiction books, but I will guarantee that they will read the entire CoN anthology.. you know.. that’s a good idea.. I wonder if this would be good family  night time reading…

On Messianic Judaism

24 October 10

Romans 7

1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?

2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.

3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.

4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

On Islam and the Trinity

24 October 10

“Despite being one of the higher religions Islam can in no way whatsoever accept the teaching concerning God as a Holy Trinity. In the Qur’an this teaching is ridiculed. At the Omar mosque in Jerusalem the following commandment is engraved on the wall, “O faithful, know that Allah has no Son.”   Precisely for the reason that, according to this religion, God does not have a son there is no mention of God’s love within the Qur’an, only of mercy and justice.  This, of course, perverts man’s whole life. Since, someone’s love for their own self is not love, but selfishness and egotism. This is why Muhammad never mentions love with regard to Allah, at all. He only mentions justice and mercy.”

(Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos, Metropolitan of Nafpaktos in “Entering the Orthodox Church”)