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    “Do not say that you are the temple of the Lord, writes Jeremiah (cf. Jer. 7:4); nor should you say that faith alone in our Lord Jesus Christ can save you, for this is impossible unless you also acquire love for Him through your works.

    As for faith by itself, ‘the devils also believe, and tremble’ (Jas. 2:19).”

    + St. Maximos the Confessor, Four Hundred Texts on Love

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    I was wondering does it make more sense to have all the pantheons in the world exist?

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    This one I needed today:

    "Do all in your power not to fall, for the strong athlete should not fall. But if you do fall, get up again at once and continue the contest. Even if you fall a thousand times because of the withdrawal of God's grace, rise up again each time, and keep on doing so until the day of your death. For it is written, 'If a righteous man fall s seven times' - that is, repeatedly throughout his life - seven times 'shall he rise again' (Prov 24:16 LXX)."

    - St John of Karpathos, Texts for the Monks of India

    Very similar to the Japanese classic: "Fall down seven times, get up eight."
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    “The truly intelligent man pursues one sole objective: to obey and to conform to the God of all. With this single aim in view, he disciplines his soul, and whatever he may encounter in the course of his life, he gives thanks to God for the compass and depth of His providential ordering of all things. For it is absurd to be grateful to doctors who give us bitter and unpleasant medicines to cure our bodies, and yet to be ungrateful to God for what appears to us to be harsh, not grasping that all we encounter is for our benefit and in accordance with His providence. For knowledge of God and faith in Him is the salvation and perfection of the soul.”

    + St. Anthony the Great, “On the Character of Men and on the Virtuous Life: One Hundred and Seventy Texts,” Text 2


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Lavender View Post
    I was wondering does it make more sense to have all the pantheons in the world exist?
    Yes. The Christians have the trinity. Muslims speak of the "99 most wondrous names of God". Who are we humans to place limits on the divine? I have long seen all those pantheons as various aspects of a single divine entity, various ways in which humans have come to see and tried to approach God. Each of us will relate to God - to the extent that we do - differently, and that will change with time, over the course of our lives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    Yes. The Christians have the trinity. Muslims speak of the "99 most wondrous names of God". Who are we humans to place limits on the divine? I have long seen all those pantheons as various aspects of a single divine entity, various ways in which humans have come to see and tried to approach God. Each of us will relate to God - to the extent that we do - differently, and that will change with time, over the course of our lives.
    Interesting. Could you explain your views more? Sounds similar to the Baha'i faith.

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    "...if love and self-control are present in the soul, the demons have no power to arouse any passion at all in any of the ways described, whether the body is awake or asleep."

    - St Maximus the Confessor, 400 Chapters on Love

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isk Stark View Post
    Interesting. Could you explain your views more? Sounds similar to the Baha'i faith.
    Bahai's have a doctrine called "progressive revelation" which maintains that God keeps reaching out to humanity through the ages, through those we recognize as the founders of world religions (Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, etc.). The basic message is always the same: love God and your neighbor (on the simplest level), but it is presented differently based on the time and context.
    Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. ~ Buddha
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    "God always was, and always is, and always will be. Or rather, God always Is. For Was and Will be are fragments of our time, and of changeable nature, but He is Eternal Being. And this is the Name that He gives to Himself when giving the Oracle to Moses in the Mount. For in Himself He sums up and contains all Being, having neither beginning in the past nor end in the future; like some great Sea of Being, limitless and unbounded, transcending all conception of time and nature, only adumbrated [intimated] by the mind, and that very dimly and scantily."

    + St. Gregory the Theologian

    “Nobody can imagine how nothing could turn into something. Nobody can get an inch nearer to it by explaining how something could turn into something else. It is really far more logical to start by saying ‘In the beginning God created heaven and earth’ even if you only mean ‘In the beginning some unthinkable power began some unthinkable process.’ For God is by its nature a name of mystery, and nobody ever supposed that man could imagine how a world was created any more than he could create one. But evolution really is mistaken for explanation. It has the fatal quality of leaving on many minds the impression that they do understand it and everything else; just as many of them live under a sort of illusion that they have read the Origin of Species.”

    + G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man
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