"To say that God turns away from the sinful is like saying that the sun hides from the blind."
"When God created man, He breathed into him something divine, as it were a hot and bright spark added to reason, which lit up the mind and showed him the difference between right and wrong. This is called the conscience, which is the law of his nature. This is compared to the well which Jacob dug and which the Philistines filled up (cf. Gen. 26:15). That is, to this law of conscience adhered the patriarchs and all the holy men of old before the written law, and they were pleasing to God. But when this law was buried and trodden underfoot by men through the onset of sin, we needed a written law, we needed the holy prophets, we needed the instruction of our master, Jesus Christ, to reveal it and raise it up and bring to life through the observance of the Commandments that buried spark. It is in our power either to bury it again or, if we obey it, to allow it to shine and illuminate us."
Simply Orthodox ☦: Holy Tradition, the unbroken voice of our Church
Sometimes Japanese Protestants come to me and ask me to clarify some place in the Holy Scriptures. “You have your own missionary teachers,” I tell them, “Go ask them. What do they say?” “We have asked them. They say: understand as you know how. But I need to know the real thought of…
Simply Orthodox ☦: O Virgin Theotokos, Hope of all Christians...
O Virgin Theotokos, Hope of all Christians!
Protect, preserve and save those who hope in You.
We the faithful saw the figure in the shadow of the law and in the scriptures.
Every male child that opened the womb was Holy to God.
Therefore we honor the first-born Son of the Unbegotten…