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Choosing The Right Path In Life. The Opinion Of An Orthodox Christian.

Copyright 2018 George Kovrad

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. A world of false ideals.

Chapter 2. The truth does exist !

Chapter 3. On attributes of the true God.

Chapter 4. There is only one true teaching.

Chapter 5. Jesus Christ is God!

Chapter 6. Orthodoxy is a true doctrine.

Chapter 7. Orthodoxy makes a person strong.

Chapter 8. Answers to frequently asked questions.

Chapter 9. The Cross is stronger that the sickle and hammer.

Chapter 10. Depression — is it possible to overcome?

Chapter 1.

A world of false ideals.

In this world, the man is for battle. This is a place of trials where it is necessary to make a clear choice between truth and lie, the good and the evil. We are all looking for an ideal to be followed. Modern society offers thousands of options that are designed to rather disorient the minds. What clothes, what colours are currently in fashion? Are you sure that this fashion will last at least six months to know exactly you are in trend with the latest samples? How to brag to your friends about a gadget which is already as old as 3 years? It is already obsolete and you urgently need to catch up with the last release, otherwise your status may be lower, because you become "not modern". Will your favorite team win the championship ? You've been rooting for this club for so long. It is urgent to watch the popular series, otherwise you will not have anything to talk about with colleagues at work. Some poor people think that life wisdom is in TV shows, so they spend all weekend in front of the screen to not miss anything. And how many people spend days and nights sitting at the console or computer screens to live in this world that is beautiful and native to them... the virtual world? Fake virtual life, fake social networks friends, fake relationships and this way it lasts for years. Many people want to replace reality and feel like a successful broker, a superhero or a commander, often forgetting that this is just a game and it has nothing to do with the real world.

The problem is that false ideals are like ghosts in the fog, they'll slip away before you catch them. The more needs, the more competition between people and the more people depend on these needs, which give rise to these false ideals. And dependency breeds slavery. Constant competition brings about jealousy and hatred, a sense of dissatisfaction. False needs and ideals require people to compete with each other, one social group against another, the people against the people, the state against the state, all against all. At the same time, people are misguided because there are too many false ideals, they often replace each other and change themselves. The monarchists may be followed by the Communists, and the Communists will be overcome by the nationalists, and then, over time, everything will change and the society will be dominated by the liberal ideology. And all the way through for several decades. It turns out that often a person cannot cling to anything, being in the midst of this hurricane, where everyone has their own truth.

Now humanity is being actively influenced by the so-called universal values, which are based on the human permissibility to commit evil on their own free will. Now that everything has become very accessible, you only need a small intention and any sin can be availed at any time, almost anywhere. And in order to soothe the conscience, the media are inculcating the idea that whatever used to be unacceptable and considered an obvious evil in society the day before, is the norm, even the fashion trend today! Well, if fashionable, then cool and modern. Transsexuals, gays, lesbians are products that are strongly promoted to the masses, suggesting the idea that there is nothing wrong and this is the norm. Obscene videos and prostitution are available to everyone and no longer considered by many as something shameful. These are manifested as an alternative form of art and a good job. Violence, debauchery and lies have become a common part of everyday life. And the lowest human abomination is presented as a new fashion trend. And then it will only be getting worse.

Supporters of the universal values are trying to convince everyone that values eventually change and there is nothing absolute about them. That there is no truth as such for them is the core of their teaching. Because otherwise, you would be able to contrast their fake against the norm and quickly identify the defect. But for them, the idea that there are certain norms that everyone should adhere to is terrible. They would say that it violates human rights and freedoms. Everyone has the right to choose, so the choice that a person makes for themselves will turn out to be the norm — such crazy thoughts come from them. Do what you want, just do not force others and do not violate civil laws — that is their philosophy of life. But still the fundamentally important question is: is there indeed a true doctrine in this world that fully expresses the criteria of good and evil? Can anything serve as a support for a person in this raging ocean of passions and lies? Liberals have to admit their fiasco. The truth exists, has done and will do.

Chapter 2.

The truth does exist !

In order for a person to be able to adequately pass all life tests, it is necessary to clearly understand what is good and what is evil. Otherwise, it will take a long time to chase all sorts of fakes and one can end up completely confused, and not understanding until the end in which direction to move. Or after a long time it may be that all that they believed and sought, was a mistake. It takes a lot of time and effort, and the ultimate disappointment is very painful.

Some people believe that the true doctrine is possible to know from observations of nature and space. The logic is that the observed world is clearly intelligently arranged and everything is in harmony and balance, and this balance is in perfect. In the world there are many species of animals, plants, microorganisms that create food chains and ecosystems that complement each other and in general, a perfect harmony of life comes about through a huge variety of living beings. Also, our planet is arranged by obvious reasonable laws of nature, which create the most complex mechanisms, such as climate change, atmospheric pressure, the interaction of elements and each such complex mechanism is in harmony with the rest and as a whole a single, huge system of mechanisms operates that allows all living things to exist on the planet. Obviously, the solar system and the entire space are also difficult to arrange, as a mechanism where all the elements are in interaction and harmony. I want to note that this interaction works according to certain laws, and not by chance and chaotically, and there is a possibility for a person to learn the world order with the help of reason. But the mistake of this logic is that from observing the processes that occur in the world it is impossible to understand the spiritual and moral criteria of what is good and what is evil. Watching the Sun, you can see its heavenly path and understand that it affects the climate and the change of seasons, but it is impossible to deduce whether it is necessary to honor the parents and what attitude to them is correct. Watching the stars, we will see the cyclicity of their movement in the sky, and for a long-isolated constellations, some of which remotely remind us of something earthly. But by watching the stars and even determining their annual movement cycle, to understand whether it is correct to have abortions is impossible. I think all this is clear to any sane person and look for the truth in a certain smart space is just stupid. Although earlier it was a very common practice in the world and it was called paganism, when people even worshipped the elements, thunder and lightning, stars, sea and similar natural phenomena and objects. They would even cut out a certain image from a tree or a stone and attach to it the properties of the Lord of any element and then worshipped this cut-out piece of wood, considering it the deity. Nowadays people rarely reach that far in their madness, but still some believe in fairy tales that the stars or a smart space would tell them the right way in life.

Is it possible for the doctrine of truth to come from living beings? Immediately we should cut off all the teachings that could come from unreasonable creatures. Elephants, horses and camels, and even cats, too — nothing can help in the question whether to steal property from people. Therefore, all doctrines that say that humanity needs to return to nature and live the life of a wild beast simply do not have the right to exist as calling for universal degradation. The moment when humanity believed that from the unreasonable animals there could be any teaching already was in the days of those very pagans who made statues of horses, bulls, crocodiles and worshipped them in their madness. Now this is almost impossible to find, probably with the exception of India and Africa. Actually, such nonsense is not worth considering at all.

Now consider the question: could there be a true doctrine coming from a human? Some people since ancient times have offered their concepts and ideologies, which were designed to give a clear definition of good and evil and lead humanity forward to the cherished goal. We can vividly remember the ideologies of the last centuries. For Communists, for example, the goal was to build a perfect state that would become a Paradise on earth. For nationalists, the goal is the superiority of their own nation over all others. For anarchists, the goal is to get rid of any power. For patriots, the main thing is that their state dominates the international arena. For liberals, the goal is a society of complete freedom from all stereotypes and remnants of the “middle ages”, where the greatest value is the man himself and any choice of his free will is considered acceptable, even if it is evil. And many other more or less large ideologies and their currents, too, proclaim various criteria of their own doctrines. As we can review human teachings, many of their goals are diverse, contradictory and vary depending on time and place. Of course, it is possible to argue endlessly which goal of all the teachings is more noble or correct, but the only thing that unites all these teachings is that the foundation for each of them was the human reasoning behind some idea. But the true doctrine must be unique and universal for all people, and not depend on the place and time. Even without analyzing each ideology in detail, which would probably take decades, it is necessary to understand that the doctrine invented by man cannot be a true doctrine. Most of these exercises were invented for the current historical moment or for a particular state or for a certain people in one of the historical epochs. Those that seem to be comprehensive, still inevitably have an intrinsic flaw of being invented by the mind of a person who is not perfect and is limited. Even the mind of the greatest sage will have a limitation accordingly and the ideology invented by man will always be flawed. Therefore, all these ideologies invented by man will never be a real source of the criteria of good and evil and will not be a true doctrine. Needless to mention that all these ideologies will either eventually disappear or change, and the true doctrine can only be unparalleled, because there can be no two true doctrines at the same time, otherwise one will contradict the other. If a human doctrine cannot be true, then who can it be from?

Since ancient times, mankind knew that there is still a world of spirits, parallel to ours. And these spirits have intelligence and can come in contact with people. Also, it has always been known that this invisible world was divided into two camps — good and evil spirits. Pagans worshipped them building temples and bringing various sacrifices, and in general the ancient world was closely connected with these spirits and their teachings. If we consider the well-known states of antiquity, such as Egypt, Babylon, ancient Greece and the entire ancient world before Christ, almost all the rules of life and the criteria of good and evil were ritually associated with these certain spirits, which were thought of as gods. We are not going to analyze in detail the mythology of ancient times and all those various ancient teachings, with their ritual prostitution and human sacrifices. It is necessary to find out whether a teaching from these spirits honoured as gods, could be a true teaching. Pagans would worship several hundreds and even thousands of various spirits in different religions and each of them possessed its unique force and characteristics; in all religions the spirits were more or less powerful, some were venerated ubiquitously and passionately, others only in certain areas. We also know that there were many teachings and in each of them there was one main God, who was the strongest of all. But the most powerful of all this does not mean the most perfect, such a God was also limited in power by other gods and had no power outside of his function. For example, the God of the underworld could not rule the sea, and the God of thunder likewise in the underworld. Thus, we come to the conclusion that these although they were considered gods, were somehow restricted in their abilities. And of them, none was completely perfect, and therefore their minds were also limited, therefore, as in the case of human, the true doctrine could not originate from them.

Then who can be the source of the true doctrine and the criterion of good and evil? He must be in the singular, not limited in power and mind, omniscient and omnipresent, know everything, be unchanged, be perfect, he must understand well what good is, or rather himself be good and have nothing in himself associated with evil, in order to give the right and only true criteria of good and evil. Well, we also need to know about Him and have this doctrine from Him, so that we can know that this doctrine is true. In fact, mankind has known Him from the very beginning, since the first people of Adam and Eve, and the doctrine of Him is recorded and known. This one and only perfect is the Lord God the Creator of the material and spiritual worlds, the Creator of both people and spirits and everything in the universe. He is perfection itself, and the truth, and therefore the teaching from Him is the only possible true doctrine in the world.

Chapter 3.

On attributes of the true God.

To start with, one needs to be absolutely sure that true God exists and that he created the Universe. A whole separate book can be dedicated to the proof of the above, so I want to briefly cover a few facts.

1. The material world cannot exist eternally without beginning and end, otherwise it has to be immutable and homogeneous, but not have variety. So the whole Universe would be either one huge Sun, or planet, or star, or something else.

2. All objects in the Universe have different properties and are completely individual. This clearly indicates that there is Someone who has created the variety of things.

3. The material world is a complex system of harmonies and synergies of various complex systems, be it the natural water cycle, or planets following their orbits, or other more intricate ones. These processes happen not chaotically, but follow their own individual laws, and the systems, big and small are altogether in a harmony with each other. These processes can be understood intellectually which means that there were arrange by Him, who has the highest intellect. Thus, He is the one who created the world, and all things created abide to one Creator.

We can also add to the above the proofs that the world has not existed eternally, which derive from the two laws of thermodynamics. There must be the original reason for everything, and many others, but I decided to just note those, not to stray too far away from the topic. These days it is very rare even amongst complete atheists to believe that there is absolutely no ultimate power, even non-believers say "there is something inexplicable".

So what attributes should the true God have?

First, He is omnipotent, because if he were limited in power he would not be perfect.

Second, He must be omnipresent and omniscient for the same reason.

Third, He is eternal and independent of time, or he would be limited

Fourth, He is immutable, because something changeable can not be perfect

Fifth, He is completely independent of everything and has no need in anything.

Sixth, He is impeccable, holy and gracious, because he has no flaws

Seventh, only He is the true lord of all created by him, and only he can set the laws that guide the world's existence, hence He himself is the only criterion of good and evil.

These are some attributes of true God. And if for some reason god is limited in his power, it is not true, but fake. If some god has morally good and evil deed, it is a fake, not a true God. If some god did not create the material and the spiritual world, he is also a fake, not a true God. It is also important to understand that God created the man conscious and with a free will, so that people could freely choose between good and evil. I completely agree with the liberal thought that claims the value of free will in and by itself. But it is given for the purpose of choosing good and God, not to go against Him, since this is unwise and leads to destruction. A person has an opportunity to fight and win in this world, so that evil falls and good multiplies. For this God has given the true teaching in which people can understand the criteria of good and evil. With this teaching a person can choose the true way towards God and have the reward of an eternal life, and this is the main goal of this temporary life. This teaching is called Christianity.

Chapter 4.

There is only one true teaching.

Probably everyone has heard at least once that there are many religions in the world, and they only differ in customs and level of understanding, some know God better, and some worse, but all lead to God in the end, just following different paths. And we do see a huge variety of religions in the world, and usually each one claims that its teaching represents the word and the will of God in all completeness. In all this variety we can boldly cut off all religions which claim there are many gods, because no pagan godling can be perfect and match the attributes of the true God the creator. In this category will also fall Buddhism, which does not have one God and is invented by a limited man. Together with paganism and Buddhism, we cut off all religions and teachings where God is a manifestation of some completely obscure force or concept, e.g. Sun, smart Universe, nature, luck, doom or any of the like. All material is limited, and hence cannot be the true God, and unidentified forces like doom and luck, that some people naively believe in, have a flaw.

Luck presumes some probability of something happening, not a conscious will of the person acting to make this happen, hence it is a completely mechanical dumb force. Having a probability makes luck dependent on the circumstances. Looks like luck cannot be omniscient because dependency on circumstances and lack of independent will gives no means to know the future. Luck in not true God, and understanding that God is the only Lord of the world gives luck no place, it does not exist.

If we say that there is a complete and immutable pre-definition of all events, so called doom, then it follows that beings have no own free will and cannot make decisions and choose. Then the only thing responsible for all events is that very doom, which pre-defines everything. Then all actions are done by that doom, and we are just static figures, then good and evil come from that doom, and hence it cannot be holy and righteous by committing evil, and that is a major flaw. And since some doom has pre-defined everything and a person cannot influence their life, but given an illusion of freedom. Then it is just smoke and mirrors, and shows that doom has a dependency of conscient beings to be part of this enactment and lies. So we have something with a flaw and a dependency, this can never be the perfect true God which is, and there is no doom. I am not even talking about the lack of teaching given to us by doom or luck, nobody has ever seen or known such things. And if someone says that such teaching did exist in ancient times, but was lost, I say that god whose teaching is long-lost must be weak, and hence not God.

We are left with monotheistic religions, where there is only one single God, which are Christianity, Judaism and Islam. It is important to note that there can be no several religions from true God, especially such that contradict each other, as that would imply that God could lie, which is impossible to true God. Also, important is that the knowledge of the true God and true teaching can only come from Him, without a messenger, because neither person, nor angel cannot comprehend the Perfect with their limited mind, and claim that their teaching is true. But only true God himself can give the true teaching. Nothing can be criterion of good and evil but the perfect God. Hence, eliminated are all religions, monotheistic or not, where the teaching was not given directly by God the creator of the whole world. I believe that this a just criterion, hence without long theological discussions eliminate Islam, because Mohammad, the prophet of this religion, received the teaching not from God himself, but from an angel, which was incognito and did not introduce himself. Mohammad even suspected him to be the devil. Also, is known that this angel used violence against Mohammad, forcing him to submit and be subjected to a sermon, which violates the free will of man. The fact that the name of that angel was Gabriel was a suggestion of people close to Mohammad, and the very fact of violence at the beginning of the sermon says that it was important to crush the free will because of a need in this particular person. Hence, without long theological discussion, I conclude that all this is impossible for receiving the teaching from the true God.

We are left with Judaism and Christianity. The Judaists only accept the Old Testament, and Christians Old and New Testaments. It is important to understand that Old Testament was from the true God, and New Testament from the same true God. In the Old Testament God said that he will give New Testament, which indicates that the first testament was not perfect, but the new is, and God never mentioned a third testament. The question is, had God given now that mentioned new testament? Firstly, the promised Christ should have come before the destruction of the Second Temple, secondly, the dispersion of the Jews shows a great punishment from God, thirdly, because of the Second Temple destruction it is only possible to fulfill the moral commandments of the Old Testament, and the ritual ones cannot be performed or are meaningless. Also, important to understand that Christ was supposed to completely change the world's history, which has obviously happened, and we clearly see it now in 2018 from Christ birth, who has given us the New Testament.

Chapter 5.

Jesus Christ is God!

OK, in previous chapter it was said that true God himself promised to give the New Testament, and we got what was promised from Jesus Christ. The question is — is Jesus Christ the true God? I will separate the answer in 2 parts. Firstly, we need to understand what has Jesus Christ done, and that it is only possible for God. We can see from the Evangeline that He:

1. Changes the molecular structure of matter (Jesus said to them, «Fill the waterpots with water.» And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, «Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.» And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, «Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!» John 2:7-10)

2. Controls the natural forces (Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him.

And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, «Lord, save us! We are perishing!» But He said to them, «Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?» Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

So the men marveled, saying, «Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?» Matthew 8:14-15)

3. Has power over spirits (Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee. And when He stepped out on the land, there met Him a certain man from the city who had demons for a long time. And he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and with a loud voice said, «What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!» For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness.

Jesus asked him, saying, «What is your name?» And he said, «Legion,» because many demons had entered him. And they begged Him that He would not command them to go out into the abyss. Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter them. And He permitted them.

Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake and drowned. When those who fed them saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country.

Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. They also who had seen it told them by what means he who had been demon-possessed was healed.

Then the whole multitude of the surrounding region of the Gadarenes asked Him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. And He got into the boat and returned. Luke 8:26-36 ; ...and behold, angels came and ministered to Him. Matthew 4:11)

4. Can heal inborn illnesses (Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, «Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?» Jesus answered, «Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.» When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, «Go, wash in the pool of Siloam» (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. John 9:1-7)

5. Can heal remotely (Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, «Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.» And Jesus said to him, «I will come and heal him.» The centurion answered and said, «Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, «Go; and he goes; and to another, «Come,́ and he comes; and to my servant, «Do this,́ and he does it.» When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, «Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!

And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.» Then Jesus said to the centurion, «Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.» And his servant was healed that same hour. Matthew 8:5-13)

6. Can raise the dead (Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, «Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.» When Jesus heard that, He said, «This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.»

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. Then after this He said to the disciples, «Let us go to Judea again.» The disciples said to Him, «Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?» Jesus answered, «Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.»

These things He said, and after that He said to them, «Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.» Then His disciples said, «Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.»

However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, «Lazarus is dead.

And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.» Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, «Let us also go, that we may die with Him.» So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.

Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Now Martha said to Jesus, «Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.»

Jesus said to her, «Your brother will rise again.» Martha said to Him, «I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.» Jesus said to her, «I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?» She said to Him, «Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.» And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, «The Teacher has come and is calling for you.» As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him.

Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him.

Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, «She is going to the tomb to weep there.»

Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, «Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.» Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And He said, «Where have you laid him?» They said to Him, «Lord, come and see.» Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, «See how He loved him!»

And some of them said, «Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?» Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, «Take away the stone.» Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, «Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.» Jesus said to her, «Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?» Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, «Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.

And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.» Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, «Lazarus, come forth!» And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, «Loose him, and let him go. John 11:1-44)

7. Controls the matter (After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.

Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, «Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?» But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, «Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.» One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peters brother, said to Him, «There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?» Then Jesus said, «Make the people sit down.» Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, «Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.» Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. John 6:1-13)

8. Can forgive sins (Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, «Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.»

And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, «This Man blasphemes!»

But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, «Why do you think evil in your hearts?

For which is easier, to say, «Your sins are forgiven you,́ or to say, «Arise and walḱ?

But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins»--then He said to the paralytic, «Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.»

And he arose and departed to his house. Matthew 9:2-7)

9. Had power over life and death and resurrects (...and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:4-7)

10. Has paid off mankind from the eternal death (Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in Him. Ephesians 1:3-10)

Secondly, He has given prophecies and predictions that came true completely:

1. About the destruction of Jerusalem (But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those who are in the midst of her depart, and let not those who are in the country enter her. For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! For there will be great distress in the land and wrath upon this people. And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. Luke 21:20-24)

2. About the destruction of the Temple (Then as He went out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, «Teacher, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!»

And Jesus answered and said to him, «Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Mark 13:1-2)

3. Prediction to Peter of his denial (Jesus said to him, «Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times. Matthew 26:34)

4. Prophecy of the creation of the Church (And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18)

5. Everywhere God will be worshipped (Jesus said to her, «Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.

You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. John 4:21-23)

6. He will call the pagans and create and new united nation (I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. John 10:14-16)

7. Punishment of the Jews that have not accepted him (But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me. Luke 19:27)

8. Prophecy of his crucifixion and resurrection (Now while they were staying in Galilee, Jesus said to them, «The Son of Man is about to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him, and the third day He will be raised up.» And they were exceedingly sorrowful. Matthew 17:22-23)

Further I want to show you that Christ himself knew he was God. He said what no person, prophet, or even angel could say (I and My Father are one. John 10:30). He also says (And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, «All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Matthew 28:18), and these are words that only God can say. It is important to add that all his followers thought him to be God (In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1:1-3; ...And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14; ...Then He said to Thomas, «Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.» And Thomas answered and said to Him, «My Lord and my God!» John 20:27-28; ...looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13; And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.1 John 5:20).

Here some people, who have little familiarity with Christian teaching could be confused "how could Jesus Christ can be God if it is also written that he was thirsty, slept, wept and was human?”. In order to understand the great mystery of God incarnation and even more, understand the Trinity of God, it is necessary to read the holy scriptures and study Theology. I think that my main task is to give the right direction, and later we will discuss which teaching is true and which religion has kept the true teaching. I can only say that Christ is 100% perfect God and 100% perfect human, start from this and think. And to understand the mystery of Trinity you need to know that God is one, but has several persons. This is stated even in the Old Testament (Then God said, «Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness… Genesis 1:26; Then the LORD God said, «Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever. Genesis 3:22). In nature an analogy for Trinity is the Sun, where from the sun discus (God Father) radiate the ray (God Son), which transmit the warmth (God Holy Spirit), and all this together is one. Even though this is just an analogy, with it it is possible to start to roughly understand the Divine Trinity. Some might say "we can see from the scriptures that Father and Son are called Gods directly, but where does it say that the Holy Spirit is God?" I respond, the Holy Spirit is directly named God here (But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostleś feet. But Peter said, «Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God. Acts 5:1-4). So we see that Jesus Christ is God, and He has given us the true teaching, but salvation, Heavenly Kingdom and eternal life can only be received by the members of the Church, the disciples of Jesus Christ, called the Orthodox Christians.

Chapter 6.

Orthodoxy is a true doctrine.

In this day there are great many communities in the world that consider themselves Christians and true disciples of Jesus Christ. Some have long history and some appear in the recent times in front of our eyes. There are communities that give others the right to consider themselves Christians even with significant differences in the doctrines, and some only consider their teaching true. To make sense of this we need to know that Christianity is only for those who are the chosen nation called the Church. Where is it now? Jesus Christ said to us that (... I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18) and we conclude that the Church should exist from the time of the apostles and will be completely invincible and remain until the end of the world. We can see from this quote (But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8) that all rituals called the Mysteries, except the Baptism, must be done by the priests who have a direct lineage from the apostles. All communities where priests do not have such lineage are fake. We will only consider the communities with such lineage. It is the Orthodox, the Catholic, the so called Ancient Eastern Churches - the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the Eritrean Orthodox, Tewahedo Church, the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, and also some protestants, which are Lutheran and Anglican, as well as Assyrian Church of the East. As we see, there are not that many contenders, perhaps there are more protestant groups, but it is not that important as we will soon see. I want to mention the fact that communities of the believers originally were geographically separated Churches, called Local, which constituted one single Church, the first one was Jerusalem Church, still existing to this day, there was the Roman Church, established by apostle Peter, Antiochian, and others. The main requirement to include these communities into the united Church is the priest lineage and immutability of the teaching. Unfortunately we should say, that for various reasons in the history of the Church there were cases of its members falling into heresy and separating. It was from the very beginning as we can see (But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.

And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 2 Timothy 2:16-17) and these separations varied from single individuals to big scale separations of whole communities, or even local Churches from the community of the united Church. It was happening because there were attempts to introduce changes into the teaching or add something new. And the Church watched zealously for this not to be happening, and the teaching was left unchanged. To decide what was a heresy and what was not, a Ecumenical Council would be held, where the highest priests called bishops were gathering, considering each case and made a verdict. The foundation for these Ecumenical Councils was the Apostle Council that was held in Jerusalem on a difficult question (And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, «Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.» Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question. Acts 15:1-2). It was as an example for the future of how to resolve all difficult arguments.

During the time of the Councils from the united Orthodox Church, all Ancient Eastern Churches and the Assyrian Church of the East have been separated. The reasons were varied, I will not mention them in detail, because it would require a whole another book. The gist of the arguments was not in any political problems or material gain, but the purity of teaching, which is vitally important for Christians and should be immutable at all times. You can see that after studying Theology and considering the arguments that happened at that time. Any will ask why it is written that these local churches have been separated from the united Orthodox Church? The term Orthodoxy appeared in the 2nd century and was meaning Christians who follow the true teaching, as opposed to the heretics, who also often called themselves Christians. This is why all Christian local Churches were united and Orthodox. Some will ask whether the Roman Church was also Orthodox? Yes, exactly right and it was even the first in the list of honour of all local churches, followed by the Orthodox Church of Constantinople, then Antiochian, then Alexandrian and Jerusalem Local Churches. And it must be said that the Roman Church for long time was the best part of Orthodox Christianity and had many saints who were defending the purity of teaching from heretics, it was also the largest and most powerful local Church. That was before 1054 when Great Schism happened and the Roman Church was separated from the community of the united Orthodox Church and its place in the list of honour was given to the Church of Constantinople. The reason of the Schism were theological additions to the immutable Orthodox Faith in the form of an addition to the Creed of Faith called filioque. The Creed of Faith (Niceno–Constantinopolitan Creed) is the most important text for a christian, which was adopted in the Second Council, it contains all dogmatics of the Christian teaching and must not be changed even in a single synonym word, leave alone a change of meaning.

Original text:

We believe in one God, the Father the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being, with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made men. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom has no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

But in the Roman Church they decided to make an addition which is a very significant change of the teaching about God, expressing the thought that the God the Holy Spirit has two origins, which is absolutely unacceptable. Also, they considered the Roman Church the main amongst all others, and the Pope of Rome the head of all Christians and immaculate in the questions of faith. This caused the rightful separation of the local Roman Church from the Orthodox Church. And all these additions did not stop, and in Rome were introduced new concepts, such as the purgatory, virgin birth of the Holy Mary and others. Unfortunately, millions of people who believe in those heresies have no opportunity for salvation, unless they come back into the Orthodox Church. Even though I know that historically there was a large group of people who understood that the teaching of Rome was wrong, they decided to go back to the origin and had a Reformation. But unfortunately they did not see the origins in the Orthodox Church, and so called Protestants have separated now into thousands of big and small sects, each one holding its own teaching. I want to call everyone who is not a member of the Orthodox Church, the very Church that was created by the true God Jesus Christ. Which keeps His teaching in its pure form, to consider the facts above, and should they be true, become a member of the Church and a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

Chapter 7.

Orthodoxy makes a person strong.

After reading the previous chapters, some may ask "What can this doctrine really give us? And whom need to fight with and whom should be defeated in reality?" First of all, we need to understand that the most important thing is to be on the right path and go to God, not against him. And to put the question not like which doctrine for me better or worse, but is it true or false. This is the most important question which one need to be firmly solved. And if you choose to be with God, He will give you much more than you can imagine. If you are with God, you will have the strength to resist the inner sinful passions and this will make you more perfect and will cleanse you from the evil that has become a habit. Although somebody now thinks sinful passions almost a virtue and the manifestation of individuality.

I will write what are the most common passions the Orthodox faith will help to overcome:

1. Pride is a self-satisfied ecstasy with one's own virtues, genuine or imaginary. Having captured the man, she cuts him first from unfamiliar people, then-from family and friends. And finally — from God himself. Proud person needs no one, even the delight of others does not interest him, and only in himself he sees the source of his own happiness. But like any sin, pride does not bring true joy. The inner opposition to all and everything dries up the soul of a proud person, complacency, like a scab, covers it with a rough shell, under which it becomes dead and incapable of love, friendship and even simple sincere communication.

On this passion built such teachings as nationalism and the like.

2. Envy is sadness because of the well-being of the neighbor and it is not looking for good for itself, but evil for the neighbor. The envious would like to see the glorious dishonorable, the rich poor, the happy unhappy. That's the purpose of envy-to see how those to whom it jealous falls into disaster.


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