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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Nicholas Damascus

As an infant, I was baptized as an Eastern Orthodox Christian. However, I would say that becoming a Christian is a work in progress, and I often wonder would there be enough evidence to convict me of becoming a Christian. The Orthodox Church is the ancient Church that Christ and the Apostles established. It is not a religion but rather a way of life. It is not about rules and regulations but rather guide posts to make choices to transition to what we were designed to become. Becoming Orthodox is not a conversion but more so a transformation of self. It’s not about being right: it is about “right being.” In John 14:6, Christ says I am the Way (to love and serve one another), the Truth (there is only one reality), and the Life (that life source is love). I invite you to submit any topics or questions to “Ask An Eastern Orthodox Christian” on the website. Join me in finding our way back home to the original teachings of the Church. When you change the way you look at things, things change the way they look.

Freewill: What the Eastern Orthodox Church Teaches

Once the choice is made to have Christ live in you and to allow his will to become your will, then there is no need for freewill.

Ask An Eastern Orthodox Christian: Converting To Orthodox Christianity

Becoming Orthodox is not a conversion but more so a work in progress of a transformation of self.

Ask An Eastern Orthodox Christian: Heaven and Hell

In the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church, there is no official doctrine or dogma concerning Heaven and Hell. However, they are understood from a consensus of theological opinions and commentary of the saints and church fathers.

Ask An Eastern Orthodox Christian: Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit

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Ask An Eastern Orthodox Christian: Russian Orthodox Church

In later years, through missionary efforts, other jurisdictions were founded and added to the Eastern Orthodox Church as in the churches of Russia, Greece, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, and many more. 

Ask An Eastern Orthodox Christian: Prayer Requests

The actual event of prayer is a mystery where one might say it involves the energies of the Holy Spirit of God, Who mystically connects man to one another and to God. 

An Orthodox Reflection on Great Lent and Fasting

For Orthodox Christians to experience the benefits and purpose of any Lenten season, fasting is as much a part of this journey as prayer is in the Christian faith.

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