Monday, February 15, 2010

Holy Scripture In The Orthodox Church: Compiled by Father Demetrios Serfes

Ok, not to be too polemical but this is a great link with compiled info and a question and answer section: http://www.serfes.org/orthodox/scripturesinthechurch.htm
It addresses many of the false notions such as the Church came out of the Bible where it is clear that the Bible came out of the Church and is truly understood within the Church, hence the thousands of Protestant sects who differ in worldview and praxis and have differing meanings of the scriptures. We need to read the gospel and live the gospel. The Bible without praxis is what Saint Maximos the confessor calls the "theology of demons". Trying to understand the Bible only in intellectual terms but not in practice, action and experience is foolish. Rarely theologians(one who truly prays, is molded in the true image of love, humility and repentance) but instead “scholars” who think with their minds and intellectually try to grasp theological knowledge speak out using the scriptures. This is external, only glimpses into the reality of Christ and not the full human experience of God by living it.....ok I'm off my soapbox.

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