of the Orthodox church and faith, I found this statement, An Orthodox Christian View of Non-Christian Religions, that makes me wonder why this particular sect feels any need at all to have martyrs for the faith, much less tout the notion that more martyrs have come from their ranks than all others combined. It is an official document of the The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, so I guess I can assume that it is the official teaching of all of Orthodoxy.
This view holds firmly to the centrality of Christ, a doctrine which is not negotiable, yet acknowledges that salvation can be found outside Christianity.
If salvation is to be found outside of Christ, why be thrown to the lions? Why not just say, hey, cool with me, dude, you’re the man, let me go? I’m confused, not exactly an extraordinary state of mind for the BigJolly.
Possessing reason and the will to act, all persons have the capability, to become “like” God.
But Fr. Joseph clearly states that man has lost the ability to reason. I’m confused.
The way of Orthodoxy is to converge on the golden mean, carefully avoiding extremes and the pitfalls that can lead to destruction.
I can only infer that the definition of “mean” in his statement is of a mathematical nature, Something having a position, quality, or condition midway between extremes; a medium. One of the best definitions I have used to convey the inappropriateness of using averages in manufacturing is that a person with one foot in ice water and one foot in boiling water will have an acceptable average temperature. Or as Jesus would say:
â€˜I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot! So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth! (Rev 3:15-16)
I remain confused towards the Orthodox faith.
John 14:6 Jesus replied, â€œI am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 14:7 If you have known me, you will know my Father too. And from now on you do know him and have seen him.â€