the Last Judgment

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A Sermon Before Confession on the Sunday of the ...Искать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... is the Sunday of the Last Judgment. This Sunday always precedes Great Lent, reminding us that we will be judged. Once I brought Communion to an elderly lady, who told me about something that happened in her village. During a funeral, the dead woman suddenly sat up in her coffin. The priest ran into the altar in fright while the parishioners threw themselves at the door nearly crushing each other out of fear. Well you can imagine how people would react if a dead person suddenly sat up in his coffin. But that woman said, “Why are you afraid of me? I am just a human being, like you. ” They asked her, “What did you see? What was revealed to you? ” She only answered: “Don’t judge anyone. We are going to be judged very severely. Don’t judge anyone. ” Judge not that ye be not judged ( Mt. 7: 1 ) —this was written in the Gospels. We should try to fulfill this commandment. We break many commandments, of course, due to our weakness bound up with our human nature. For example, a man feels like eating or sleeping. He ate, violated the fast or ate too much. Or he was lazy about doing something, did not do his prayers out of laziness, or overslept. Well, as they say, what can we do? ... далее ...
The Gospel of the Good Samaritan / Православие.RuИскать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... teachings. Some of these teachings seem hard to us because of our hard-heartedness, and they are very hard to a person who doesn’t want to change. He said: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. ” [22] “Not every one that saith unto me, lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven. ” [23] He also says something about the last judgment, the last part of which are words that I hope none of us will hear: “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my father which is in heaven. ” [24] All of the scriptures are full of these teachings of oil and wine, mixed together, because our Lord and Savior was, and is God and man. He took a sick and a dying man, and he raised him up, and he gave him the ability to live! He took on flesh, and made this flesh able to comprehend and apprehend ... далее ...
Unrecognized Christ / OrthoChristian.ComИскать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... lost the opportunity to help the beloved one who was in trouble, and therefore, got into trouble itself. I believe, that anguish is similar to the one the goats ” will suffer when Christ says to them at the Last Judgment, “I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink... ” That will be the anguish of love or conscience that, when it lived its earthly life, failed to recognize dear and beloved Christ in those who were suffering. At that minute they will feel the pain that will always be with them in eternity... Not only to see, but to love The Parable of the Last Judgment told by the evangelist Matthew ( Mt. 25: 31-46 ) sets forth the problem of inferior spiritual sight Christians will be suffering from. It is obvious that we indeed have to face that problem. When we for the first time turned to the Gospel to learn that Christ lives in everyone who is needful of help, we did not hasten to devote all our time at Christ’s bed in the hospital, or give Christ the excess clothing stored in our wardrobes. It rarely dawns on us to care about prisoners. As to strangers, we are a little scared of them: Who knows what they might do! So it seems we are ... далее ...

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Holy Hierarch Chad of Lichfield, Apostle of ...Искать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... call on the mercy of God and entreat Him to have pity on humankind. If the storm got more intense, he would close his book, prostrate himself and pray with more fervor. And if the wind turned into a thunderstorm with rainfall and lightning, which made the locals tremble with fear, he would go into his church and unceasingly recite psalms and prayers in quiet, until the skies cleared. When asked why he did so the saint used to reply: “The Lord disturbs the air, provokes the wind, sends thunder and lightning from heaven in order to call on us for the fear of God; to remind us of the Last Judgment; to make us suppress our pride; to crush our disobedience and lead our souls to that great and terrible day… So, with all due fear and love we must be mindful of His warnings through such signs in heaven… When it happens, we need to implore Him to have mercy on us, to confess all hidden sins and vices in our hearts and to cleanse our souls with all zeal. ” Chad blessed a holy well in Lichfield beside his hermitage-hut and he used its water for baptisms. According to tradition, he would also immerse himself in his well at nights for continual prayer, as did many other saints of ... далее ...
Life and Death / OrthoChristian.ComИскать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... home”) . It is well known that alcohol affects the cerebral cortex… But it is a strangely universal experience. Those suffering from delirium always try “to throw down a bug” from their knees. They really see these bugs! A very good aphorism belongs to Fyodor Dostoyevsky: “I agree that ghosts appear only to very sick people, but it does not mean that ghosts do not exist! ” Sick people, unlike healthy people, are much closer to the beyond, to the other world, and it is easier for them to see it. In my view, this is the meeting with Christ. I wrote about this in my article, “On the Way to the Last Judgment”. And how can we imagine it? Let us first imagine this picture: a caveman who has never seen the light. He has adapted well to life in caves. He knows perfectly how to wade across a river, how to find a snail or to catch a fish for food… But if we take this caveman out to the light, to the sunshine, then according to the Russian physiologist Pyotr Anokhin ( 1898-1974 ) his eyes will suffer a terrible, terrible pain. The caveman does have eyes, but he did not use them. This natural light hits his unaccustomed eyes. He might say, “Please, let me go back to my cave! ” We are ... далее ...
”The Waters Have Been Muddied” / ...Искать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... dialogue—you said your major focus is getting people into the Church. A friend and I were speaking about a related topic just today—something that you’ve probably already written about somewhere. Does God punish? The Orthodox view vs. sinners in the hands of an angry God, the legal language in the Church, and so on. I was telling my friend that I think sometimes we reject the legal language too much to bring in people who are tired of legalism in the West, but then once they’re in, they realize that language is in the Bible, it is in the Fathers. —This Sunday we celebrated the Sunday of the Last Judgment. It’s not the last doctor’s visit. It’s not the last checkup at the spiritual hospital. It’s the last judgment, and if you wind up on the wrong side of it, you go to hell. It’s a judgment with a sentence and a verdict. There are all kinds of legal imagery in the Scriptures. When you’re talking about realities that are beyond our daily human experience, we can only talk about it in images. There are lots of images used in Scripture, but none of them taken alone tells you the whole story. They tell you a facet of the story and you have to put them all together. One facet is talked ... далее ...
Bad Company Corrupts Good Morals / Православие.RuИскать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... way of light and the way of darkness; the way of good and the way of evil; the way of life and the way of death. There’s no middle ground between those two points; there’s no other options that we can take; there’s no alternative choices that we might make. We have to choose life, we have to choose good, we have to choose the side of light, the side of righteousness; we have to guard our own eyes, ears, and heart, and we certainly have to guard those of our children, because we have a responsibility to raise them in the faith. God is going to hold us accountable on the Judgement Day Of the Last Judgment For that day is properly called the Day of Judgment, because in it there shall be no room left for the ignorant questioning why this wicked person is happy and that righteous man unhappy. In that day true and full happiness shall be the lot of none but the good, while deserved and supreme misery shall be the portion of the wicked, and of them only. for what we did for our children. If our children are already grown and we’ve made mistakes, all we can do is pray for them, try to be a good example, and trust in God’s mercy, but if we still have children that we’re raising, we ... далее ...
A Lenten Primer. Part 2 / Православие.RuИскать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... the captives, to take in those who are without homes and bring them into your own home. ” This is an account of a fast acceptable to the Lord. If we are not careful, we can look at the fast in an overly spiritualized way. We can forget that the fast is meant to lead us toward righteousness. And if we are not careful, we will completely miss the " love of neighbor " : the love of God through actions of right living. John Maddox: So, we have learned not to be self righteous, we’ve learned that we have a loving and forgiving Father ready to receive us, and we have also learned that there is a last judgment, an accounting. That accounting is based on the love of God, but it is a love we will either welcome, or be terrified of. Fr. Evan: Yes, and it s a love that will be demonstrated through our love for others. It s going to be real love—not a gnostic, mental love, or even an emotive love. It s real love. To my own community I often put it this way. Fr. Alexander Schemann speaks about the “journey to Pascha”; I love that phrase and use it all the time. This is a journey, and in order to go on a journey you have to pack for it. I used to be fascinated by the thought of climbers on ... далее ...
Can Women Be Saved Without Childbearing? / ...Искать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... natural children of such men. If children of “a stud horse” are beautiful and healthy, and he has nothing against cheating on his wife with someone else, then the conception of a baby is a matter of time. Some Orthodox women resort to this trick as well. When such a woman is preparing to “put her plan into action”, her conscience is lulled and she forgets any idea of sin. She gets absolutely enslaved by her egoism, which dictates her “animal” desire: “I want a baby (at any cost) !!! ” At that moment all persuasion is unavailing, appealing to her conscience and reminding her of the Last Judgment are absolutely ineffective. The passion and folly darken her reason and mind. Reminding her of our dignity as Christians and the need of purity of life is like “banging your head against a brick wall”. You get added evidence that sin rules over people, blinds them and makes them lose their bearings. It is noteworthy that men and women react to the sin of fornication in different ways. For a guy this sin is “a common occurrence”, especially when he is on a business trip, vacation or “in his cups”. It is commonly followed by consciousness of his guilt, the feeling of remorse, ... далее ...

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He came to himself – what does this mean?The two ...Искать в Источникеpravoslavie.ru
... on the Prodigal Son In the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. [1] The Church gives us another example today, about repentance. It tells us another part of the story. This is the Sunday of the Prodigal Son, and is yet another Sunday that prepares us for the Great Fast. We are coming quickly upon it. Next week will be the Sunday of the Last Judgment, after which we stop eating meat, and after that is the Sunday of Forgiveness, and we then begin the fast, the following day. The church has had something very important to say about repentance the past few Sundays, if you have been listening carefully. There have been three aspects of repentance that have been shown to us. One aspect is humility. We saw the publican [2] whom, in our mind’s eye, we may consider to be Zacchaeus [3], and we saw how his humility saved him. This was humility with knowledge, because with humility comes knowledge of God. Although he was humble and would not look up to heaven, he was still bold in his prayer to ask God for mercy, because he knew God would give him mercy. The Sunday before, we saw Zacchaeus. We saw that he was a very bad man, but he changed. Repentance involves ... далее ...
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