Who’s to Blame for Human Suffering?

Christ in Gethsemane. Ary Scheffer, 1839

By Scott Cairns

How can one believe in a loving God who allows the innocent to suffer? I’ve been asked this many times, and I’ve never been quick to answer. Subconsciously, I’ve probably asked much the same thing in the past.

While I may not frame the matter this way now, it remains a useful question, if only because it reveals a premise I am no longer willing to buy – the illusion of individual autonomy.

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Πώς γιορτάζεται η Πρωτοχρονιά στους Κινέζους, Ινδούς, Εβραίους, Μουσουλμάνους

Η Πρώτη μέρα του Νέους Έτους δεν είναι ίδια χρονικά για όλο τον κόσμο. Υπάρχουν θρησκεύματα και χώρες, που ακολουθούν άλλα ημερολόγια και βρίσκονται μερικά χρόνια μπροστά ή πίσω από τον υπόλοιπο κόσμο.

Κινέζικη Πρωτοχρονιά

Η αλλαγή του χρόνου για τους Κινέζους καθορίζεται από το ηλιακό-σεληνιακό ημερολόγιο και όχι το δυτικό Γρηγοριανό, οπότε η πρώτη ημέρα του χρόνου δεν είναι σταθερή και συνήθως κυμαίνεται μεταξύ τέλη Ιανουαρίου και μέσα Φεβρουαρίου… Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

The Presence in the Absence

There is a strange aspect to the presence of God in the world around us. That aspect is His apparent absence. I read with fascination (because I am no philosopher, much less a scientist) the discussions surrounding “intelligent design” and the like. I gather that everybody agrees that the universe is just marvelous and wonderfully put together (I can’t think of a better universe). But then begins the parting of ways as one sees God everywhere and another sees Him nowhere. Reason surely need not deny Him, though reason does not seem forced to acknowledge Him. I have spent most of my life around these arguments – one place or another. I can stand in either place and see both presence and absence.

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The Temptation of Sunday

"Diveevo. The Troitsk cathedral". By Sergei Glushkov

I talked further with this simple brother who gave me shelter and he told me about his life and his ideas. «I had quite a good position in the life of our village,» said he. «I had a workshop where I died fustian and linen and I lived comfortably enough, though not without sin. I often cheated in business. I was a false swearer, I was abusive, I used to drink and quarrel. In our village there was an old dyachok who had a very old book on the Last Judgement. He used to go from house to house and read from it, and he was paid something for doing so. He came to me too…

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Give and it will be given back to you

by David Grier

«good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over»

Jesus said:

Give and it will be given back to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38)

This is so plain and direct that we often are tempted to doubt that our Lord meant it. A recent article in the Oprah Magazine (December 2000) illustrates an example of someone who lived her life by this and other biblical principles. The article is an interview with Maya Angelou, a 72 year old woman who had overcome poverty, a broken home, childhood rape, single parenting, and the difficulties of being black in America to become a successful performer, author, and teacher. Oprah, who knows Ms. Angelou well, made the observation that «people flock to your home because of your generosity. Generosity must be a life principle for you.»

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Saints are the Aristocracy of Mankind

By Evagelos Sotiropoulos

When Ian Miller’s parents visit his son’s soon to be in-laws in the 2002 blockbuster movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, they’re introduced to no less than 10 Nicks.

While overlooking the exaggerated (albeit not by much) tradition of naming a child after its grandparent, there’s actually a more profound, religious reason behind Greek – indeed all Orthodox Christian – names.

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One of ancient Christian churches of Turkey offered for sale

One of the most ancient Christian churches in the world is offered for sale in Turkey.

The Turkish authorities have not allowed businessman Meta Yalcin from Istanbul to renovate the church constructed in 780-797. Thus, the businessman, who had bought the church 10 years ago, decided to sell it, CNN-Turk reported.

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