Contemporary Heresies

MARTIAL ARTS AND ORTHODOX FAITH (II)

  • June 28, 2016
MARTIAL ARTS AND ORTHODOX FAITH (II)

Ninzitsou is another technique that was invented in the IVth century by the Chinese general Sun Tzu. The disciples of this technique were instructed to kill silently. They also teach how to control breath and use meditation in order to stay submerged in water for a long time and control their heartbeats for passing unnoticed.           Tae Kwon Do originates in Korea with a history of many centuries. Tae means “I hit or crush with my leg”, Kwon means “I punch” and Do means “method”.           Effects and Risks             In Greece, the martial arts...

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MARTIAL ARTS AND ORTHODOX FAITH (I)

  • June 27, 2016
MARTIAL ARTS AND ORTHODOX FAITH (I)

“The Trojan Horse” of the New Age             One of the phenomena that prevails in the contemporary Greek society is the increasing spread of the martial arts (Karate, Kung Fu, Judo, Aikido etc.) originating in the Eastern countries like China and Japan. Many people consider this movement harmless ignoring apparently that it represents a vehicle of initiation into a different religious tradition like the Buddhism and the oriental religions and therefore leads to the denial of the Orthodox faith. Moreover, many ignore the fact that the spread of the martial arts is part of a systematic...

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CONTROVERSIES REGARDING THE UPCOMING HOLY GREAT PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL: THE RESULTS WERE CONCEALED FROM US!

  • June 19, 2016
CONTROVERSIES REGARDING THE UPCOMING HOLY GREAT PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL: THE RESULTS WERE CONCEALED FROM US!

          The Greek press agency Romfea published a detailed input related to the project of documents of the upcoming Great Pan-orthodox Synod, entitled: “The relations of the Orthodox Churches with the rest of the Christian world”. The comment in question comes this time from a clergy member of the Saint Nicholas Church from Patras, theologian and priest Anastasios Gkotsopulous. We deal with an ample comment where the author tries to offer an objective evaluation of the adopted documents from the 5th Pan-orthodox Pre-synodal Session (Synaxis) and introduced in the agenda of the upcoming...

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THE SECTS UNDER THE DOMINATION OF EVIL: THE CONFESSION OF A FORMER PENTECOSTAL

  • June 18, 2016
THE SECTS UNDER THE DOMINATION OF EVIL: THE CONFESSION OF A FORMER PENTECOSTAL

             I was born in Crete in the year 1975 and I came in 1989 with all my family in Athens where we also settled. I belong to a pious Orthodox Christian family and I was baptized since I was still in my cradle times. I always affectionately remember those wonderful years of my childhood spent in the bosom of the Orthodox Church with holy services on Sundays and on big feast days.           I estranged myself of the right faith, in 2005, in a private school in Athens, where I used to teach (I am a teacher). In that school, I made the acquaintance of a pupil of mine, Anna,...

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YOGA: A NEW METHOD OF DESTROYING THE IDENTITY OF MAN

  • June 10, 2016
YOGA: A NEW METHOD OF DESTROYING THE IDENTITY OF MAN

Leon Brangk, PhD in Theology           The word yoga etymologically derives from the Indo-European etymon yug, Joch in German, ζεύγ in Greek and it means accompaniment, yoking, meaning the communion between the individual ego and the divine element. According to the way of understanding the divine element, either as one of the countless divinities of Hinduism the number of which, according to some estimations, reaches up to 300 millions (!), or by way of an impersonal form there is not only one type of yoga, but a lot. Yet we can add here those forms of yoga where the deeds of people...

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ABOUT THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION ON THE ORIGINS OF MAN

  • June 9, 2016
ABOUT THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION  ON THE ORIGINS OF MAN

Admittedly, this theory (and it is deservedly called theory, hypothesis and not a demonstrated conclusion) has gone through a lot of revisions from its apparition till nowadays. What actually cannot be accepted is the fact that for many times, overcoming its limits – using not very scrupulous ways – it tried to win the title of “proved principle” and thus – what it is even worse – to become a way of exploitation and a weapon in the hands of atheists and materialists used to fight against the teachings of Bible. At the beginning of the 80’s with the occasion of some archeological discoveries...

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DARKNESS AND LIGHT

  • June 8, 2016
DARKNESS AND LIGHT

Hoping that my drama could be of a use to take someone out of the gutter, I will write in the following some things related to my past, when my life had not yet really started. My father, the head of a drinking house, being somewhere between an atheist and an indifferent believer and raised fearing his father who beat him for his every swerve from his foolish rules, did not find in himself the power to stop the perpetuation of his bossy character and deprived me and my brother as much as possible from the debauchery that we had never thought it was not necessary to experience. My mother,...

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A PARALLEL BETWEEN AN ECUMENIST AND A BIGOT

  • March 28, 2016
A PARALLEL BETWEEN AN ECUMENIST AND A BIGOT

It is not difficult to distinguish between an ecumenist Orthodox and a “bigot” one. Here are some personal observations on how an ecumenist looks like: “superior”: although he simulates a humble behavior; he confesses his broad vision on aspects of faith, unlike the bigot who keeps to the Holy Fathers, thus being “frozen in his own templates”;...

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WHY IS THE PHYLETISM A HERESY? (II)

  • March 26, 2016
WHY IS THE PHYLETISM A HERESY? (II)

Having in mind the manifestation aspect, the error of the phyletists consists in replacing the church Tradition with the popular or national tradition. The love for our nation (of beings) is wrongly emphasized and appears more important than the love for Christ as He told us: “The one who loves his father or mother more than Me isn’t worthy of Me, and the one who loves a son or daughter more than Me isn’t worthy of Me. The one who doesn’t take up his cross and follow me isn’t worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10, 37) The clergy who publically promote the phyletist wandering, especially those...

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WHY IS THE PHYLETISM A HERESY? (I)

  • March 22, 2016
WHY IS THE PHYLETISM A HERESY? (I)

For a real Christian, Orthodoxy is the worship of God in Spirit and in Truth. The Spirit is the glory of Christians (John 7, 39). If the Spirit is not present so is the Orthodoxy and if Orthodoxy is not present so is the salvation. Saint Athanasius the Great, the Patriarch of Alexandria says that: “Whosoever will be saved, before all things it is necessary that he holds the catholic faith; Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.” (The Symbol of Saint Athanasius the Great, the Patriarch of Alexandria, “Comments to Psalter”)...

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