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Sunday, 29 November 2009

ECOLOGY AND THE ORTHODOX DOCTRINE

Translated from the original by Chris Tsilikas

The wildfires that broke out last August in Greece and the wildfires that had occurred in August 2007 not only caused great suffering and damage to my country, but they also proved once again how mankind degrades the environment.

So, we have decided to see whether the thought and the teachings of the Great Ecclesiastical Fathers of Eastern Christianity, especially of Basil the Great (known as Basil of Caesarea), of Gregory the Theologian (known as Gregory of Nazianzus) and of John Chrysostom, could be of any help in approaching the environment in a totally different way, so that we would be able – in the long run – to solve the huge Environmental Problems we’re facing today.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES: ARMAGEDDON – AND AFTER THAT – WHAT?

Translated from the original by Chris Tsilikas
How Jehovah’s Witnesses imagine Armageddon
If a person who is not aware of the Society of Jehovah’s Witnesses “Watchtower” happens to open one of their leaflets, he/she will certainly be amazed by the way the Society deals with all spiritual issues. Because he/she will find out that they deal with them in a materialistic, garrulous way. Even God is not exempted from such attitude. For instance the Society takes all the anthropocentric expressions of the Holy Writ – that is, expressions that have human beings as their centre – literally, and as a result they are led to incredibly wrong, extraordinary conclusions which a lot of times reach the levels of comic.
That’s why, on the one hand, god is sometimes presented by the “Watchtower” as a simple creature with some supernatural powers, and on the other hand, his almighty is withdrawn and he is presented as a powerless creature that cannot give immediate solutions to human problems, and needs time to solve them.

Monday, 14 September 2009

CONNECTION OF THE “WATCHTOWER” AND THE “BEAST” OF THE UNITED NATIONS

The book of Watchtower "Revelation - Its Grand Climax At Hand!" p. 247: The United Nations is the "beast" of the Apocalypse!!!

When a few months earlier we started our blogspot, the Watchtower-stop, our basic norm and principle was to include only our own articles and not any other publications. Although this is true today as well, we all know that every norm has its exceptions. And we are about to welcome such an exception in our blogspot today. It’s an article written by an invigorated fighter of heresies, Mr. Efthimios Zoulianitis.

Mr Efthimios Zoulianitis is the publisher and editor of the monthly eight-page magazine The Fighting Orthodoxy”. In the pages of this magazine readers can find epistles to heretics and especially to “Jehovah’s Witnesses”.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AND CHARITY

Translated from the original by Chris Tsilikas

THE PREACHING IS FOR THE OTHER PEOPLE – NOT FOR US!
Once, in a village somewhere in Greece, during the Church Service the priest came to analyze the extract from the Gospel which referred to the importance of charity. After he had said everything he had to say he reached the point where the gospel says: “Anyone who has two cloaks, he should give the one to that person who has none”. “Well”, said the priest, “since we don’t wear cloaks today but coats, if we have two coats and we know that a poor person does not have any, we should give him one of our coats.”
His wife happened to be among the people who had gathered to hear his preaching. When she went back home while she was doing the housework, she heard a knock at the door. When she opened the door she came face to face with a miserable, poor old man, almost naked, shaking from the chilly weather, since it was winter, who was asking for any kind of help. The priest’s wife having her husband’s words still echoing in her mind, decided to suit her action to his word, so he dashed to their bedroom and brought one of the priest’s coat – the warmest and the most expensive – to the surprised beggar. A few days later when the priest looked for his coat and couldn’t find it asked his wife where it was. Then the priest’s wife, who had proudly kept her action for a surprise, filled with happiness narrated the incident with the beggar. Amazed as the priest was, he answered, “The preaching is for the other people, my wife, not for us!”

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

THE “EVIL” GOD OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

Translated from the original by Chris Tsilikas


Michelangelo: The creation of Adam


THE “IMMORAL” OLD TESTAMENT
‘God, protect me from my friends. My enemies, I know them.’

This clever proverb fits nicely the abuse the Holy Bible has been subjected to, not so much by its enemies but by the Christians themselves. And this is due to the fact that it has been and it is still conceived legitimately and morally, yet, the magnificent message it carries for the salvation of mankind is been neglected.

Monday, 22 June 2009

THE ‘DRACULAS’ OF THE ‘WATCHTOWER’ ARE THIRSTY FOR OUR BLOOD!!

Translated from the original by Chris Tsilikas

It is a fact that, in general, Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) give the impression of benevolent individuals full of love and affectionate interest for their neighbour, of individuals that can never be malicious towards their neighbour even when they are persecuted by him. They even claim something like that for themselves, comparing themselves with harmless sheep that are distinguished for their complete lack of hatred and animosity.

Yet, is this true?

Unfortunately, although we would love to agree and not to be presented as the bad guys in this case, the publications of the Company do not allow us to do so; which publications can only cause terror, abhorrence and profound contemplation as they give vent to intense rage and to an unusual and inexplicable hatred against all those who don’t belong to the Organisation.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

HELL AND PARADISE IN THE OTHER DOCTRINES

Translated from the original by Chris Tsilikas

A lot of faithful Christians, having acquired Christian education, believe that the faithful of other religions have the same perceptions and the same preaching about Hell and Paradise. However, they are totally wrong as they will realise after reading the following article. Of course our article discusses this important issue only superficially and not in depth. Our intention by writing this article is to stimulate the reader to look for more information about this great issue on his own.

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

HERESIES IN THE AGE OF THE APOSTLES

Translated from the original by Chris Tsilikas


Simon the Magus offers money to the Apostles Peter and John to take the Holy Spirit

Most people believe that heresies are a modern phenomenon that shows lack of faith in our times. Most of them will be surprised to find out that heresies not only have been with us for thousands of years now, but they are also as old as Christianity itself. In addition, some of them are reported in the books of the New Testament, too. Therefore, we have decided to dedicate an article to the heresies or sects that existed in the Age of the Apostles.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

THE MEMORIAL OF CHRIST’S DEATH OR THE ELEVATOR OF THE WATCHTOWER

Translated from the original by Chris Tsilikas
These monsters are the “Saints” of the Watchtower!!!

Every year, during the last days of March and the first days of April Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) are used to getting out on the streets to invite the world to a ceremony the Watchtower holds, called “The Memorial of Christ’s death” or “The Memorial” for short. This year this ceremony has been fixed for 9th April.

During this ceremony The Last Supper is reproduced and all the members of the Watchtower are called to partake of the materials that have the name of “emblems” and which are nothing other than…. hardtack and red wine, and which according to the Watchtower symbolize Christ’s body and blood...

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

JEHOVAH: AN ARTIFICIAL NAME FOR GOD

Translated from the original by Chris Tsilikas


IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND A NAME TO DETERMINE GODFirst of all we need to clarify that it is impossible to find a name to determine God. Not only because the human language is impossible to find a word to describe the exact meaning and the nature and the dimensions of God – due to its finite nature – but also because if we enclose God in the narrow limits of a word or a name, He immediately stops being God. In order to be more comprehensible we’ll give an example so as to elucidate what we mean when we say that we put limits by naming something. For instance, we’ll take the word ‘table’. When we describe something as a ‘table’, we determine its attributes and exclude all other attributes that may or could be attached to it. Therefore we enclose its meaning within very narrow limits so as to avoid meaninglessness while communicating...

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

INFANT BAPTISM: right or wrong?

Translated from the original by Mary Moutafis



One of the favourite subjects of the heretics or the followers of any other Christian doctrine – Jehovah’s Witnesses, Pentecostalists, Evangelicalists, etc. – with which they believe that they will bring us to a position of disadvantage, is also the issue of baptizing infants. Since you baptize your children when they are infants, they say, they cannot offer any objection. ‘Where is the freedom of will, then’ they continue. But let us analyze all the above in the following article...

THE WELL–KNOWN TRICK OF THE HERETICS
As we all know, most heretics use the Holy Bible selectively, in order to support their arguments. In the same way, for the issue of infant baptism, they use sections from the Bible that refer to people being baptized at an elder age and overlook those that refer to children being baptized at an early age. The biblical reference they use to support their view is from the “Acts of the Apostles”, chapter 2, verses 37 - 38. This extract reports the query of the listeners of apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost, what they should do in order to be saved. And Peter replies: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Therefore they claim that according to the Bible baptizing presupposes repentance, an action that only an adult can achieve through free will.

OUR OBJECTIONS
It is an undeniable fact that the above extract from the Holy Writ refers to being baptised at a mature age. However, heretics deliberately overlook the fact that Christianity did not exist as a religion at the time the Holy Writ talks about; hence those who decided to become Christians emanated from the two existing religions at the time, Judaism and Paganism. Consequently, it was reasonable for them to ask about every detail pertaining to Christianity and its teaching, so that they would decide if they would like to become members of the Church – which preached something new – through baptism. And our Church has never renounced this tactic. That’s why the Sunday Service, includes two parts; the Service for the faithful and the Service for the catechumen (those who want to be catechised).

Moreover, this applies even today to the various immigrants who want to become Christians. Before they are baptized, they participate in various Christian schools where they learn several things about our faith, e.g. Ecclesiastical History, Orthodox doctrines, hagiologic e.t.c. In fact, we taught in some of these schools a few years ago.

To sum up, our Church, very wisely, does the same as Christ. Christ did not discriminate and did not reject any one. On the same lines our Church treats everyone alike, and cares for every individual regardless of their age, especially for children, who Christ loved so much, and tries to bring them close to God from a very early age, with the sacraments of baptism, unction, and of the holy unction, as well as with the Holy Sacrament.

IS THE BIBLE AGAINST INFANT BAPTISM?
The Bible is full of sections fraught with references to infant baptism. Thus, in many points, the Bible mentions entire families who have been baptised by the Apostles and refers to their admission to Christianity. It is natural that those families had young children. However, nowhere in these sections appears any discrimination in the members of a family; on the contrary all the members are baptized. Some sections are reported below:

1. “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us : whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us” Acts of the Apostles 16: 14 - 15.
2. “And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.” Acts of the Apostles 16 : 33.


3. “ And I baptized (refers to Paul) also the household of Stephanas”1st epistle to the Corinthians, 1: 16.
Similarly in chapter 10 in the Acts of the Apostles, we have the description of the baptism of centurion Corneille and his family by Peter, as well as of close relatives and friends who were invited to listen to Petr’s preaching.

It’s also worth mentioning that the section the heretics allege that is against infant baptism, is chapter 2, verses 37 - 38, in the Acts of the Apostles mentioned above, but it actually turns against them like a boomerang. Because it does not refer only to the baptism of adults but also of children. And to prove this I also report the continuation of the extract which is deliberately ignored by the heretics in order to deceive. “For the promise is unto you, and to your children”.

CONNECTION BETWEEN CIRCUMCISION AND BAPTISM
Widely spread in the Old Testament (Genesis 17 : 10 – 12), circumcision was the sign of agreement (Testament) between God and the people of Israel . As it is well known, baptism apart from giving remission of sins, it is also the new sign of the new agreement (Testament) that God has made with his new people (Christians). The first agreement was material, the second is spiritual. And this is not an opinion expressed by us but by Apostle Paul in his Epistle to the Colossians: “In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism”. To the Colossians, 2:11 - 12.Therefore, we have to adress the following question to all the heretics: Since circumcision took place on the eighth day after a child’s birth, why shouldn’t the new ‘circumcision’ (baptism) be done to infants?

DOES DEVIL GIVE THE RIGHT OF CHOICE?
Coming now to the second argument of the heretics that the infant is not given the freedom of choice to choose whether he/she wants to become a Christian or not, because he/she is baptized at an early age, we refer the heretics back to the section we report in the beginning of our article – that is chapter 2, verses 37 - 38 from the Acts of the Apostles – which points out that baptism not only offers forgiveness of sins, but also the gift of the Holy Spirit. If therefore the infant isn't baptized to be liberated from the original sin, and due to this he/she is not blessed with the Holy Spirit, then who else but Satan will find the way to enter in to the non-baptized infant?

Is it ever possible for Satan to let man have the right of choice?
On the contrary, in the Orthodox Service of the sacrament of infant baptism, with the wishes of exorcism (“denounce Satan” etc.) which are said by the priest and the godfather of the infant, Satan flees away. Then with the sacrament of unction that follows immediately after baptism, the Holy Spirit comes to dwell into the infant. Thus as the infant grows gradually under the guidance of his parents and the Church, he/she takes his/her steps, as long as it is possible, in the ‘road’ of God. When children grow, it’s up to them to decide whether they will continue to walk in the ‘road’ of God or not.

THE CONCLUSION OF MATTHEW’S GOSPEL – A PUNCH ON THE HERETICS

We left for the end an extract from the Holy Writ, which not only proves without any doubt how infallible infant baptism is, but also proves the intellectual blindness of the heretics. Because it is the conclusion of Matthew’s Gospel, and we wonder why the heretics who all the time, as they claim, deal with the Holy Writ haven’t read about it . They have gone through this conclusion of course, many times, but they deliberately ignore it.

Without any other comments therefore we report this extract, which confirms what we have already claimed about Baptism. It is a command given by Christ Himself first to baptize someone and after that, teach him/her;
"Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee , into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Matthew 28 : 16 - 20

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

THEOTOKOS: Virgin Mary or Maria?

Transated from the original by Chris Tsilikas


Annunciation of Theotokos


It is a fact that all the heresies or the followers of any other Christian doctrine – Jehovah’s Witnesses, Pentecostalists, Evangelicalists, etc. – degrade Virgin Mary as a figure. More specifically all kinds of heresies support that:
Virgin Mary had other children too, apart from Jesus...

Thursday, 5 March 2009

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES: APOPHATISM AND… HOMELESS GOD

Translated from the original by Chris Tsilikas
WHAT IS APOPHATISM?
The term “apophatism” was introduced quite early in Christianity in an attempt to protect the divinity of God from heathen and anthropocentric perceptions. The first genes of apophatism can be detected in the New Testament. Apostle Paul, first of all, writes in his epistle to Romans referring to God’s justice towards irreverent people: “But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man) (Epistle to the Romans, 3:5). ..

Monday, 23 February 2009

THE JUDGEMENT OF NON-CHRISTIANS AFTER DEATH

Translated from the original by Chris Tsilikas


One of the most frequently-asked questions devoted Christians address to us is that concerning the Judgement of non-Christians after death. In other words, they ask us if it is possible for non-Christians to be saved or if it is only the Christians who are finally saved.
For this reason, we’ll try to give some “clues” as answers to that question, always based on the texts of the Holy Bible. And we say “clues” because our human weakness and insignificance do not allow us to interpret God’s will. Because He is the one who is in charge of judging all of us and He has his own criteria which are far from the human criteria.
First and foremost, we should remind to all of you that our Christ revealed His Father as the Father of all people. Since God is our Father then, his interest is in saving all His children, Christians and non-Christians. And this is made explicit in several texts in both the Old and the New Testament....

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

WITNESSES OF JEHOVAH: THE SALESMEN OF GOD!

Translated from the original by Mary Routsias

What should not be forgotten and overlooked is the fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses belong to an Organisation. Therefore, when somebody opens his door to a Jehovah’s witness, he/she should know that behind the smiley and benevolent individual who is standing before his/her eyes, there exists an entire Organisation; an unscrupulous Organisation under the name of “Watchtower” aiming at trapping as many innocent victims as possible, with profit as its ultimate goal...

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

GOD AND BIG EXPLOSION

Translated from the original by Chris Tsilikas


The following article was written on the occasion of the experiment which is currently being carried out on the French–Swiss borders, in order to validate the theory of the creation of the universe known as The Big Bang (The Big Explosion).
First of all, we would like to explain that any Devoted Christian should be glad when such scientific experiments are being carried out, because these experiments can help people comprehend the majesty of God’s creations...