Christ did not exist! Do you still believe?

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There was a lot of discussion recently on Greek Facebook about a famous and popular priest who decided to stop being a priest. A choice that divided and provoked either positive or negative comments. I will not dwell on this discussion and on whether a priest who does such a thing is doing the right thing or not. Instinctively, I believe that such an act involves more the element of cowardice, as a friend of mine mentioned, than an element that could arouse admiration. Anyway, I did not know the man so my judgment is superfluous and may also be wrong.

This small event though made me think about another much more important issue: What effect does the fall of a person who is nothing more than an idol have on the people who followed him and believed in him as their guide in life? It may sound funny, but many people are looking for such guidance. Many times I have heard people talk about a priest in terms like “He is good, come and listen to him” or “He is an enlightened man” etc. What do the same people say when this priest gives up? Does their system collapse? Do they just… go to the next priest available? And regardless of that, the views these people had and which they based on their… previous idol, have they remained intact? If so, what role did this idol play in their lives? If not, then what role did these views play in these people’s lives?

These questions may seem funny or a little serious – especially to those who follow such idols – but they can be made even more serious by choosing another example: Christ.

Many Christians say they believe because they believe in Christ. What does this really mean? That their faith is based on His Resurrection, which they have believed beyond any doubt? So if they somehow go back in time and discover (hypothetically speaking) that the Resurrection was a complicated lie, then they would cease to be Christians? Or that if Christ suddenly started saying nonsense (again, hypothetically speaking), would they follow that nonsense literally because He says it? What does it mean to have a faith based on your faith in someone, even if that person is God?

To me, a lot of faith is a sign of little faith.

To yourself.

If you believe in the teaching which says “Love each other” (Gr. Αγαπάτε αλλήλους) you should do it not because someone else said it, but because you heard it, processed it and decided that you agree with it and incorporated it into your life. And the interesting thing is that if you did all of the above, it no longer matters who you heard it from or who said it! The seed that Christ sowed, if it eventually sprouts, belongs to each one of us. It no longer belongs to Christ, in the sense that a fool who follows someone else ‘belongs’ to the latter without mind and knowledge. If you believe in the teachings of Christ, then it does not matter if He even existed! Let alone if He was crucified, if He did what they say he did, etc. Because now this love is your own and you are now its self-luminous bearer. By your choice. And even if you took a time machine to go back in time and see that Christ did not even exist (the permanent dream of all hardcore atheists), your Christian values ​​will not and should not be affected. If that happened then we would all be in big trouble and these values would not be actual values to be honest.

So let’s leave all the fake idols.
Let’s stop following them.
Let us ask ourselves simply and honestly.

Would we follow… us?

On the other hand, I may just say nonsense.
Who told you to follow me?

Christ coming again. Now. Tomorrow. Every day. Literally.

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Μοναχοί στο Άγιο Όρος.

Christ came to Earth 2,000 years ago. He said he would come again.

Some wait for that to happen. Others laugh at a promise that they see it will not be fulfilled.

But could it be that this is already happening?

Christ was a pariah. A homeless personA dirty personWithout clothesWithout food. Without property. And he has warned us that every time we see such a person and pass him by, we pass by Him. Imagine you lived at the time of Christ. Would you listen to a homeless person? Or would you pass by him with no second thought? The past has not passed. We live it every moment.

Pass by the homeless person. Without looking. Christ came to Earth 2,000 years ago. And he will not come again…

Or maybe…?

[written on 7/2014]

Passion. Man. The duty of theosis.

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Climb up. It is the only way…

Man is letting himself get carried away by passion. “This is who we are” some people claim. We are animals. And an animal is satisfied with just being.

But is this who we are? Are we just who we are or are we the potential we have to reach apotheosis? Is it not the duty of every being to become better day by day?

Human in Greek is «άνθρωπος», derived from «άνω» + «θρώσκω» = looking above. Humans are who they are because they have the potential and the will to become something better. We are beings with the potential of re-uniting with the One. Not just crude matter.

Only when we accept our true nature, only when we listen carefully to that inner voice which calls for continuous spiritual anorthosis, will we become humans with the true Greek sense of the word.

Watch the stars.

Touch the moist soil.

That bird flies.

You are not.

The Benedict Option…

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Modern society is growing more and more atheistic. Let’s not fool ourselves: People who are (honestly and essentially) religious are becoming a minority. Religion is having less and less impact on modern society, which believes that being “progressive” is more important than upholding the values which helped western civilization rise.

The only option left seems to be the “Benedict Option”: Leave society, enclose yourself in small groups which uphold the true religious values which are the foundations of our civilization and cherish these values for as long as it takes until society needs them again. (as Benedict did when the Roman Empire fell from the barbarians and the darkness came: he held up his Christian values alone with some people who followed him, until these values were needed again and became the yeast of the civilization which came after the barbarians)

In times of darkness, holding the flame alive is the only possible option…

Trust this darkness.

Embrace it.

It is the best advertisement for Light.

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Old Testament: Not for the faint-hearted. (An easy interpretation)

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Many people talk against the Old Testament.

Especially atheists believe that this book shows the inhumane face of Christianism and refer to the Old Testament with every opportunity to show that they are right in hating Christianism.

But things can be easily explained:

The Old Testament is an older book than the New Testament (surprise! surprise!) and thus requires a bigger effort to understand. Such an ancient text is full of symbolisms and the attempt of atheists to interpret everything in it literally can only be characterized as childish (or cunning).

Try not to read the letter… (saying over the entrance of the Heidelberg library)

The apostle Paul said it anyway: For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. (Το γράμμα αποκτείνει, το δεν πνεύμα ζωοποιεί) Try not to follow the letter of what you read, but the overall meaning, the “spirit” of the holy texts.

Take for example the case of Lot.

I had recently a discussion about this story with an aggressive atheist who read it literally and superficially and the only thing he saw was a heartless father. He accused Lot of offering his daughters. But Lot did not “offer” his daughters like one offers a cup of coffee. Lot sacrificed his daughters “who had not yet known man” instead of the two angels, thus showing that he had overcome his egoism. And remember that the two angels were on a God’s work there. The story is completed with the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. A destruction also seen by atheists as a proof of the “evil” God. But let us be serious: Who really believes that he can do anything he likes without consequences? And which father is the best father: The one who does not punish his children no matter what? Or the one who punishes his children when they do something bad but loves them anyway? After that Lot has sex with his daughters (who have the noble goal of preserving the human race – a meaningful reference to what sins people do for a possibly good cause?) while being drunk (a meaningful reference to what people do when not having conscious understanding of their sins?). Again various symbolisms and deeper meanings lie beneath the surface seen by the atheist.

[Relative sources: Common logic, here, here]

A lot of people also read the story of Job (Gr. Ιώβ) and wander how can God be so hard on him. But if what matters is the soul, if what matters is to understand that the things we cannot see are those which will save our soul, then Job should not protest at all. His kids died. So? We are all going to be resurrected. The body is not the thing we should try saving.

Ποῦ ἦς ἐν τῷ θεμελιοῦν με τὴν γῆν; 

Πού ήσουν εσύ όταν έθετα τα θεμέλια της γης; 

Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?

The God of Love is transformed to the God of Power and asks Job. The belief we have that our body is everything is based on our ignorance but on our arrogance as well that we understand the essence of our existence. Like spoiled children we like to see the surface and we cannot understand that our Father cares for us even when it looks that He does not.

Read something as serious as an ancient sacred text like you read your daily newspaper and misinterpretation will soon come into place.

Related links: See related discussion on Reasonable Faith here.

ADDITION: Check out the Greek version of the article “Παλαιά Διαθήκη: Όχι για τους λιπόψυχους! (Μια εύκολη ερμηνεία)” to see the analysis of two more aspects of the Bible which often draw a lot of criticism: The “An eye for an eye” related quotes and the quotes related to homosexuals.

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