Is there biblical evidence in support of Icons?

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Is there biblical evidence in support of Icons?

In the Holy Bible, Cherubim are Angels. Icons (images) of Angels.

Exodus 26:31 > “Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim woven into it by a skilled worker.

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Exodus 25:17-21 > 17 “Make an atonement cover of pure gold—two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide. 18 And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. 19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends. 20 The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover. 21 Place the cover on top of the ark and put in the ark the tablets of the covenant law that I will give you.

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Hebrews 9:5 > Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.

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Acts 5:15 >As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.

Peter’s shadow is an icon (image) of Apostle Peter.

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What was Adam like? – Ken Ham

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What was Adam like?

by Ken Ham

Did Adam have black hair, brown skin, and brown eyes? Was he six feet eleven inches tall? These are questions we cannot answer sure, because we were not there to see Adam. However, from reading Genesis, and armed with a basic knowledge of genetics, we can learn a lot about what Adam was probably like.

Did Adam have a Navel?

But, how much detail can we go into concerning this man? Did he have a navel (belly button) for instance? This is something I have often been asked. Actually, I believe we can have a definite answer here. Your navel is really a scar formed from the attachment via the umbilical cord to your mother. After birth, the cord was cut, and where it was attached to your body it shrivelled up and formed a scar known as your belly button.

Adam was the First Man

Now think about Adam. Was he born in the same way you or I were? He certainly was not. He was made directly by God from the dust of the earth. In Genesis 2:7 we read, ‘And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the Continue reading “What was Adam like? – Ken Ham”

What are Seraphim? Are Seraphs Angels?

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What are Seraphim? Are Seraphs Angels?

The seraphim (fiery, burning ones) are angelic beings associated with the prophet Isaiah’s vision of God in the Temple when God called him to his prophetic ministry (Isaiah 6:1-7). Isaiah 6:2-4 records, “Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’ At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.” Seraphs are angels who worship God continually.

Isaiah chapter 6 is the only place in the Bible that specifically mentions the seraphim. Each seraph had six wings. They used two to fly, two to cover their feet, and two to cover their faces (Isaiah 6:2). The seraphim flew about the throne on which God was seated, singing His praises as they called special attention to God’s glory and majesty. These beings apparently also served as agents of purification for Isaiah as he began his prophetic ministry. One placed a hot coal against Isaiah’s lips with the words, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for” (Isaiah 6:7). Similar to the other types of holy angels, the seraphim are perfectly obedient to God. Similar to the cherubim, the seraphim are particularly focused on worshipping God.

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The Saint of love, forgiveness & discernment: Saint Jacob Tsalikis of Evia Island, Greece (+1991)

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The Saint of love, forgiveness & discernment:

Saint Jacob Tsalikis of Evia Island, Greece (+1991)

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Our age and today’s culture has, unfortunately moved away from the vision and pursuit of sanctity. The Orthodox faith is based on the presence of the saints. Without these, our Church is on the path towards secularization. Naturally, as we know from Scripture, God alone is holy, and sanctity derives from our relationship with Him, and therefore sanctity is theocentric rather than anthropocentric. Our sanctity depends on the glory and the grace of God and our union with Him, not on our virtues. Sanctification assumes the free will of the person being sanctified. As Saint Maximos the Confessor says, all that we bring is our intentions. Without those, God doesn’t act. And Saint John the Damascan repeats that we render honour to the saints ‘for having become freely unified with God and having Him dwell in them and by this participation having become by grace what He is by nature’. The saints didn’t seek to be glorified, but to glorify God, because sanctity means participation in and communion with the sanctity of God.

The source of sanctity in the Orthodox Church is the Divine Eucharist. By partaking of the Holy One, Jesus Christ, we become holy. The ‘holy things’, the Body and Blood of Christ, are given as communion ‘to the holy’, the members of the Church. Sanctity follows on from Holy Communion. The ascetic struggles of the saints are not an aim but a means which leads to the aim, which is Eucharistic communion, the most perfect and complete union with the Holy One. In the Lord’s prayer, the ‘Our Father’, we see that sanctification is associated with the Kingdom of God. We ask that His Kingdom come into the world so that everyone can praise Him and can partake of His sanctity and His glory, which is what we call ‘deification’.

The Kingdom of God and deification are an eternal extension of the Divine Liturgy within space and time, as Saint Maximos the Confessor writes. By taking part in the Continue reading “The Saint of love, forgiveness & discernment: Saint Jacob Tsalikis of Evia Island, Greece (+1991)”

What Every Christian Needs To Know About All Of The Christians Who Saved Jews In The Holocaust ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* A growing list of Orthodox Christians that rescued Jews during the Holocaust era

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What Every Christian Needs To Know

About All Of The Christians Who Saved Jews In The Holocaust

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A growing list of Orthodox Christians that

rescued Jews during the Holocaust era

Much has been said regarding the famed Yad Vashem awards given to a number of Roman Catholics and Protestants. What needs to be noted however, is that there were just as many Orthodox Christians who were participants of rescuing Jews from the Nazi death squads and who selflessly did so at the expense of their own lives in a number of cases. May God honour their blessed memory as I list, although still growing, of a number of these blessed souls.

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Chiune Sugihara (1900-1986)-This Japanese diplomat in WWII was a convert to the Orthodox Church due to his contact with the Russian Orthodox Church via his first wife. Despite leaving his first wife, he never wavered in his Orthodox Christian faith and managed to lead his second wife, Yukiko, to the Orthodox Faith. He and Yukiko, worked tirelessly to write passports via their embassy in Lithuania, to allow many Polish Jews to leave the region to escape Nazi death camps. When he was asked as to one of his motivations for his actions, he mentioned his faith in God. He was discharged from his position unceremoniously after the War, and was only to be discovered later by one of the Jews he rescued, in Russia. He was later awarded Yad Vashem by Israel in 1985, one year before his death, but was too ill to receive the award and thus his son received it on his behalf. His wife, Yukiko, mentions that she had read the Book of Lamentations in the Old Testament, and thus was motivated to ask her husband to save the Jews as well in Lithuania.

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Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens (1891-1949)-This blessed Archbishop of Athens, when Greece fell under Nazi occupation in 1941, did everything possible to rescue Jews from death. He is renowned for writing a letter to the occupying government protesting atrocities committed against Jews and urged the government to desist from arresting them or committing any harm towards them. In addition, when asked to put the names down of Jews to be arrested and taken away by the Nazi forces for throwing into concentration camps, he put his own name on the list. In addition, he was known for quietly urging a number of congregants to issue baptismal certificates for Jews to allow them to escape.

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Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Zakynthos (1890-1958)- Similar to the above, also risked his life to save the Jewish community in Zakynthos, Greece. He and also Mayor Loukás Karrer, refused to comply with Nazi demands of listing the Jews in the island for deportation and instead submitted their own names. In addition, they made sure that the Jews were distributed throughout various villages to prevent capture. Both were awarded by Israel in 1978 with Yad Vashem for their good work.

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Angelos Evert (1894-1970)- A police officer during the Nazi occupation of Greece, he was inspired by Archbishop Damaskinos to act selflessly for the Jews and was also responsible for issuing Christian identities for Jews in Greece. Awarded in 1969 by Israel with Yad Vashem.

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Prince Constantin Karadja (1889-1950)-Serving as a diplomat in Romania under Nazi occupation, he personally organised the saving of 10,000+ Jews in Romania using all his diplomatic ability. He was awarded Yad Vashem posthumously in 2005.

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Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark (1896-1982)- She was married to King Carol II of Romania and was renowned for saving Jews in Romania. And caring for the wounded under Nazi occupation. For her righteous work, she was also awarded Yad Vashem by Israel too.

Amongst the 2 most prominent churches renowned for helping and rescuing Jews are the Bulgarian and Serbian Orthodox Church. There were many clergy and laymen that risked their necks to rescue Jews from Nazi deportations and atrocities.

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In the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, there is Patriarch Cyril aka Konstantin Markov Konstantinov (1901-1971), who personally risked his life to stop the Nazi deportation of Jews in Bulgaria.

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Dimitar Peshev (1894-1973)-Although he was a politician that signed a law in Bulgaria that supported anti-Jewish behaviour due to Nazi occupation, yet actions spoke louder than words. He was a friend to the Jewish community in Bulgaria, and when he learnt from a Jewish friend of a Nazi attempt to deport Jews in Bulgaria to various death camps, he personally went out of his way to stop this. He worked to sabotage Nazi operations in this regard and even wrote letters to stop any further anti-Jewish measures. He was finally recognized by Israel in 1973 and was awarded Yad Vashem.

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Maria Skobtsova (1891-1945)- Also has been canonised by the Russian Church as St. Mary of Paris. Also known by many as Mother Maria. She became a nun despite coming from a prominent family, and as a nun in 1940, when France was occupied by Nazi Germany, personally engineered the saving of Jews in France through her convent. She and Father Dimitri Klepinin (who was also canonised a Saint by the Russian Church as well) worked tirelessly to save Jews from death camps and to organise rescue missions. She and Father Klepenin organised baptismal certificates to be issued for Jews in France. Both she and Father Klepenin were martyred in Nazi death camps. She chose to die in the place of a Jewish woman in 1945. She was issued Yad Vashem posthumously and was canonized along with Father Dimitri Klepinin in 2004 by both the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople and also by the Moscow Patriarchate.

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Father Dimitri Klepinin (1904-1944)-Canonized as St. Dimitri Klepinin in 2004, he worked alongside Mother Maria Skobtsova to rescue Jews. Serving under the Russian Orthodox Church as was St. Mary of Paris, he was initially serving the émigré community in France. Nazi occupation changed a lot for him and saw him being arrested for issuing false baptismal certificates to Jews and to be deported to the death camp of Dora, near Buchenwald. He was posthumously awarded in 1987 Yad Vashem by Israel and canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate as well as Moscow Patriarchate alongside Maria Skobtsova.

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Alexej Alexandrovich Glagolev (1901-1972)-A Ukrainian Orthodox priest that was awarded posthumously along with his wife and daughter in 1991 with Yad Vashem by Israel. Their son was awarded nine years later with the same. He and family were personally responsible for organising rescue of Jews and issuing them with baptismal certificates. He often faced beatings from the Nazis and his family also faced constant persecution too.

Since 2007, 127 Serbian nationals, and members of the Orthodox Church, have been listed as recipients of Yad Vashem. What can be said, is that the Serbian Orthodox Church played a great role in the rescue and saving of Jews from both Nazi German forces and the Croatian Ustache.

This list is by no means complete. However, what is certain, is that all these selfless men and women, are jewels of the Orthodox Church to the whole world. May their memory be blessed and eternal and may God forgive them of all their sins, both voluntary and involuntary. Amen

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Chủ nghĩa vô thần là gì? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Vietnamese

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Chủ nghĩa vô thần là gì?

Chủ nghĩa vô thần là quan điểm cho rằng Đức Chúa Trời không tồn tại. Chủ nghĩa vô thần không phải là một sự phát triển mới. Thi Thiên 14: 1, được viết bởi vua Đa-vít khoảng 1.000 năm trước Công nguyên, đề cập đến chủ nghĩa vô thần: “Kẻ ngu dại nói trong lòng của mình, không có Đức Chúa Trời.” Số liệu thống kê gần đây cho thấy một số lượng ngày càng tăng của người tự xưng là người vô thần, lên đến 10 phần trăm dân số trên toàn thế giới. Vì vậy, tại sao ngày càng có nhiều người trở thành vô thần? Có phải chủ nghĩa vô thần thực sự hợp vai trò những người vô thần công bố nó như thế không?

Tại sao chủ nghĩa vô thần thậm chí còn tồn tại? Tại sao Đức Chúa Trời không mặc khải chính mình Ngài cho con người thật đơn giản, chứng minh rằng Ngài tồn tại? Chắc chắn, nếu Đức Chúa Trời chỉ xuất hiện, những suy nghĩ thôi, mọi người sẽ tin vào Ngài! Vấn đề ở đây là sự mong muốn của Đức Chúa Trời không phải chỉ thuyết phục mọi người rằng Ngài tồn tại. Đó là mong muốn của Đức Chúa Trời cho mọi người tin vào Ngài bởi đức tin (2 Phi-e-rơ 3: 9) và chấp nhận bằng đức tin ơn cứu rỗi của Ngài (Giăng 3:16). Đức Chúa Trời đã chứng minh rõ ràng sự tồn tại của Ngài rất nhiều lần trong Cựu Ước (Sáng thế ký đoạn 6-9; Xuất 14: 21-22; 1 Các Vua 18: 19-31). Có phải mọi người đều tin rằng Đức Chúa Trời hiện hữu? Vâng. Có phải họ thay đổi từ đường lối tội lỗi sang việc vâng lời Chúa? Không, nếu một người không sẵn lòng chấp nhận sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời bằng đức tin, tiếp theo người ấy chắc chắn không sẵn sàng chấp nhận Chúa Giê Su Christ là Đấng cứu chuộc bởi đức tin (Ê-phê-sô 2: 8-9). Mong muốn của Đức Chúa Trời là để mọi người trở thành Cơ Đốc nhân, không chỉ là người hữu thần (những người tin rằng Đức Chúa Trời thực hữu).

Kinh Thánh nói với chúng ta rằng sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời phải được chấp nhận bởi đức tin. Hê-bơ-rơ 11: 6 tuyên bố, “Và không có đức tin thì không thể nào ở cho đẹp lòng Đức Chúa Trời, bởi vì bất cứ ai đến với Đức Chúa Trời phải tin rằng có Đức Chúa Trời và Ngài thường hay thưởng cho kẻ tìm kiếm Ngài.” Kinh Thánh nhắc nhở chúng ta rằng chúng ta là người được phước khi chúng ta tin và tin cậy vào Đức Chúa Trời bằng đức tin: “Sau đó, Chúa Giê Su nói với người,” bởi vì ngươi đã thấy ta, nên ngươi tin; phước thay là những người không thấy mà đã tin” (Giăng 20:29).

Sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời phải được chấp nhận bởi đức tin, nhưng điều này không có nghĩa là niềm tin vào Đức Chúa Trời là bất hợp lý. Có nhiều lập luận hợp lý về sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời. Kinh Thánh dạy rằng sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời được nhìn thấy rõ ràng trong vũ trụ (Thi Thiên 19: 1-4), trong tự nhiên (Rô-ma 1: 18-22), và trong tấm lòng của chúng ta (Truyền đạo 3:11). Với tất cả mà nói, sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời không thể chứng minh; nó phải được chấp nhận bởi đức tin.

Đồng thời, để tin vào chủ nghĩa vô thần phải lấy nhiều đức tin. Để thực hiện lời nói tuyệt đối “Đức Chúa Trời không tồn tại” thì phải công bố một sự hiểu biết hoàn toàn những gì cần biết, về tất cả mọi thứ hiện có và ở khắp mọi nơi trong vũ trụ và phải được làm chứng nhìn thấy mọi thứ. Tất nhiên, không có người vô thần nào làm được những lời công bố này. Tuy nhiên, đó là những gì họ đang tuyên bố khi họ nói rằng Đức Chúa Trời hoàn toàn không thực hữu. Người vô thần không thể chứng minh rằng Đức Chúa Trời không có, ví dụ, sự sống ở trung tâm của mặt trời, hoặc dưới những đám mây của sao Mộc, hoặc trong một số Tinh vân xa. Vì những nơi này vượt quá khả năng quan sát của chúng ta, nó không thể được chứng minh rằng Đức Chúa Trời không tồn tại. Để thành một người vô thần phải lấy nhiều đức tin như nó làm cho một người hữu thần.

Chủ nghĩa vô thần không có chứng minh, và sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa phải được chấp nhận bởi đức tin. Hiển nhiên, các Cơ Đốc nhân tin tưởng mạnh mẽ rằng Đức Chúa Trời hiện hữu, và thừa nhận rằng sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời là một vấn đề của đức tin. Đồng thời, chúng tôi bác bỏ ý tưởng cho rằng niềm tin vào Đức Chúa Trời là không hợp lý. Chúng tôi tin rằng sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời có thể được nhìn thấy rõ ràng, cảm nhận sâu sắc, và cần thiết chứng minh có tính triết học và khoa học. ” Các từng trời rao truyền sự vinh hiển của Đức Chúa Trời, Bầu trời giãi tỏ công việc tay Ngài làm. Ngày nầy giảng cho ngày kia, Đêm nầy tỏ sự tri thức cho đêm nọ. Chẳng có tiếng, chẳng có lời nói; Cũng không ai nghe tiếng của chúng nó. Dây đo chúng nó bủa khắp trái đất, Và lời nói chúng nó truyền đến cực địa.”(Thi Thiên 19: 1-4).

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