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BOC Fellowship
08-02-2007, 08:53 AM
Post: #9
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Dear Mark,

I suspect this is something we all do, and our society and culture encourage us to think that man is the measure of all things.

I firmly believe in using the intellect God has given us, after all, He would not given us that power if it could not be used for His purposes; but Christianity is a religion of all the senses.

The way it appears to me is how St. Isaac of Nineveh described it, as a threefold way: in the first stage we need our intellects and hearts to apprehend His love and His way and to worship Him; in the second stage we walk in His way and live as part of His Church; the third stage we need no words for, it is one of perpetual prayer in His presence, as we become One in Him.

Like most of us, I'm struggling to keep going on the first stage!

It is always tempting to think that one's own hard-won understanding is Orthodoxy, but, like God, it is bigger than we are, and it is easier to say what Orthodoxy is not sometimes.

In Christ,

John

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1 John 4:10)
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