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Thursday, 20 December 2012

THE BIRTH OF CHRIST IN THE APOCRYPHAL GOSPELS


Translated from the original by Costas Balomenos

     As is known, from the four canonical Gospels (Matthew, Luke, Mark, John), only the first two give us a minimum of information about the birth and childhood of Jesus. In the other two there is complete absence of even minimal information about these events, where Mark begins his Gospel with the baptism of Christ which took place at the age of 30 years, and while John begins with the theology of the Word.
   In the Gospels of Matthew and Luke provides us with the following information:
* Genealogy of Christ, the visit of the angel to Joseph's dream to not prosecute her since Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit, adoration of the Magi, flee to Egypt to escape the toddler - Jesus from Herod's fury, slaughter infants of Bethlehem and the surrounding area by Herod, return of the holy family from Egypt following the death of Herod (Matthew).
* Pre-announcement of the birth of John the Baptist, Annunciation of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary), Mary's visit to Elizabeth, the birth of John the Baptist, Christ's birth, circumcision of Jesus Christ's presentation in the Temple, fair Simeon's prophecy that Jesus would be "controversial point" glorification of the prophetess Anna because he outface the Savior, Jesus twelve years old amazes the sages in the Temple of Jerusalem (Luke)...

Sunday, 16 December 2012

CHRISTMAS, MYTHS AND REALITY


Translated from the original by Costas Balomenos

"The Birth of Christ" portable image Theophanes the Cretan, Stavronikita Monastery, Mount Athos, 1546

   Speaking several times with multiple people, friendly or hostile to the Church, we found quite a few times, they had great ignorance and confusion about matters concerning Christ and Christianity. And it is worthy of admiration, that ignorance or confusion came more often than not uneducated people, but instead of educated people and high intellectual level.
   When we want to identify the causes of this ignorance and confusion can say that usually are due to the following reasons. ...

Monday, 26 November 2012

THE “APOCALYPSE” (REVELATION) OF JOHN: THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL BOOK OF NEW TESTAMENT


Translated from the original by Costas Balomenos

       The book of “Apocalypse of John” is the last book of the New Testament canon. It belongs to the Jewish and Christian apocalyptic secretariat a literary genre that emerged in the Second Century BC until the second century AD and contains the hidden revelations secretly in holy persons by God and refers to the end of time. Thus we have the Apocalypse (Revelation) of Enoch, of Baruch, the Ascension of Moses, etc.
   Precisely because of this special style, knew enough controversy as to the genuineness in the first Christian centuries until finally become acceptable toward the end of fourth century AD by the Church as authentic book of the Bible because other ecclesiastical writers was considered as illegitimate and other as genuine, even quoting verses (pieces) than this...

Saturday, 17 November 2012

THE VIRGIN MARY IN THE QURAN AND ISLAM


Translated from the original by Costas Balomenos

    Islam or Islamism is the religion founded by the Arab Muhammad (570 - 632 AD). The word Islam means subjection to God (Allah). Called Islam and by the word Muslim means faithful, devoted to God (Allah). Many times Islamism called Mohammedanism by its founder, Muhammad, but this is does not like to Muslims because they argue that they do not worship Muhammad who regard him as the last and greater prophet of Allah, nor consider him the center of their piety, but just follow his teaching.
    His teaching this is written in their holy book which is called Quran. Literally the word Quran means reading. It is a collection of Hadith, didactic reasons. It consists of 114 chapters, Surat, which is divided into subsections, agiat. Each Surat bears a title as The Cow, The Shoals, The Bee, The Most High, etc. The chapters are not recorded as the time when - according to tradition - were revealed to Muhammad. For example the last Surats of the Quran are the first revelations made ​​in the city of Mecca whereas the first Surats constitute the subsequent revelations that made ​​in the city of Medina...

Sunday, 4 November 2012

CREATION OF THE WORLD AND HUMAN IN AFRICAN RELIGIONS


Translated from the original by Costas Balomenos


   In recent years, our country was meant to be swamped by thousands of immigrants, who are expecting a better life settled in it, not only were our neighbors but some of them and relatives by marriage.
   For this reason we have start a long been in the pages of "Antiairetikos" some articles related to religiosity, so that the reader has some perception - even minimal - for some behaviors that may seem incomprehensible to, because the correct and responsible information helps in good proximity to the removal of misunderstandings that might be created due to different religious and culture.
      So many immigrants originate from Africa, the "black continent". So in today's article we will deal with cosmology and anthropology of religions in Africa. A continent in which they live hundreds tribes and peoples who should be noted are distinguished for their intense religiosity...

Saturday, 20 October 2012

THE SACRED BOOKS OF RELIGIONS

Translated from the original by Costas Balomenos


 Picture 1: Bagkavantgkita and Avesta

The latest decades, Greece - probably due to its geographical location - became the place where many immigrants from different countries, with different cultures and most importantly a different religion, which due to ignorance and brings in a difficult position and surprise many of the native Greeks. So to help the understanding of different cultures and religiosity of immigrants, many of them already are our neighbors, and the following are articles published, dealing with the sacred books of other religions, so that the reader can get a taste of what about each religion professes. Wishing our article is to be found complete we quote at the end "the Book of the Dead", which does not belong to a particular religion, but many. Religions have them in alphabetical order, like textbooks, so the reader by clicking on any religion wants, immediately led to it.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

THE ZODIAC IN OUR MODERN SOCIETY


Archimandrite Grιgorios Κonstantinou
PhD in Theology


           Persistent care and anxiety of man to explore and explain everything he sees around him, tried in the interpretation of various phenomena. This phenomenon is called the occult science and art that originated since man think and observe natural phenomena. The particular but his involvement with the phenomena of the universe and the stars named Astrology or Astromanteia and thus have horoscopes.
          The man first years without science did not have the capacity to interpret and explain many of the phenomena and magnificent spectacles of the sky. But after many years who have dealt with the phenomena of the firmament of uranium and tried to explain they were given the nickname astromantes or astrologers...

Monday, 3 September 2012

3 plus 1 stories of prayer


Translated from the original by “M.L.”

I have lived in Athens my whole life. I used to spend in the city even the hot, dry summers. I have gathered many pictures from Athens in my mind’s eye, a few of them so intense that I cannot forget them. This blog gave me the opportunity to present 3 plus 1 true stories of people who prayed. I witnessed these events and I was moved to tears, hopefully, not out of cheap sentimentality, but because of the acknowledgment of those individuals’ faith. Of course, this is subjective and some readers may find the stories uninteresting while others may be moved. I am not a professional writer and perhaps my writing style cannot capture the power of the moment. But enough with the excuses, let’s start...

Thursday, 9 August 2012

“GOD'S PURPOSE FOR EARTH” ACCORDING TO “WATCHTOWER”


Translated from the original by “M.L.”

Have you ever thought that in the Greek language “telos” (end) means “purpose” and not “disaster”?

In the Watchtower edition of January 2012, we read on page 4: “THINK about the first time you had a meaningful discussion with one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. What do you remember about it? Many would reply ... How delighted we were to discover God’s purpose for the earth”. Also, a suggestion that I often read in leaflets and books of JW, seemingly irrelevant to our subject matter, is that Christians should avoid cinema or television, because they are exposed to violent scenes (i.e. see the  book “Keep yourselves in God’s love” page 65). Every time I read this, I wonder if Christians should also avoid Homer’s Iliad. It is certainly not a movie (although it has been adapted many times for cinema and television, and how could it not have been!) but its realistic description of violent scenes is something that literally haunts you. And of course, we shouldn’t forget the love scenes that the great poet has included in the 2 epics...

Friday, 15 June 2012

JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES THE … “LEECHES’


Translated from the originals by Chris Tsilikas


It’s easier to get rid of leeches than of Jehovah’s Witnesses

       We will neither break fresh ground nor “carry coals to Newcastle” when we talk about the well-known persistence of Jehovah’s Witnesses in trapping innocent victims and trying to convert them to unpaid life-long salespeople of the issues of the American publishing company “The Watchtower”. And this persistence and importunity sometimes infringes on the limits of decency and touches the limits of paranoia to such a degree that they become real “leeches (1)”, which it is extremely difficult to get rid of...

Thursday, 8 March 2012

The Modernization of Magic


Archimandrite Grιgorios Κonstantinou
PhD in Theology


            Magician, witch or priest of the religion of Zoroastrianism for the people of Media: in classical antiquity this role referred to the priestly art of divination of Mazdaism (Zoroastrianism), who's practitioners were also known as magicians or “magi.” During the Hellenistic period the magicians of Persia travelled throughout the world offering their services to Roman Society at large. These services which they provided were enthusiastically accepted by those lacking formal education, who were then able even to penetrate into the Imperial Court of the Roman Emperors. However, this does not mean that these practices were accepted by those more culturally developed who manifestly disdained the magicians. For exactly this reason men of high culture began to use the term “magic” in order to highlight different evils which conveniently operated on the fringes of official religious practice. With the emergence of Christianity magic became understood as superstition, or more negatively as a deadly sin, by means of which the magicians attempted to counterfeit various religious rituals and in this way utilize the activity of the Devil. Given this a theological conflict quickly developed, in which God and the Devil were lined up in battle against one another. This resulted in the persecution of the magicians in equal measure by both religious and secular authorities, an incident which, by the time of the Middle-ages, resulted in no end to trials of magicians, where the guilty were sentenced to be “burned at the stake.”...

Sunday, 29 January 2012

UNKNOWN HERESIES AND HERESIARCHS IN THE YEARS AFTER THE APOSTLES


Translated from the original by Chris Tsilikas

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As we have already pointed out in other posts, our goal is not limited to facing heresies and exhibiting the Orthodox Faith, but we are also interested in giving information on various issues, so that the faithful have a global and clear picture of what they worship.
Therefore, we dealt with heresies in our post “Heresies in the years of the Apostles” and with the apocryphal books of the Old Testament in our post “Angels and Demons in the apocryphal book of Enoch”.
In our current article we are going to deal with the heresies that existed after the years of the Apostles, spanning the 1st to the middle of the 3rd centuries AD...

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Plenty laughing from the “Watchtower”.org


1. Jesus Christ is Governmental representative of his Father!
5 Before coming to earth Jesus was called the Word of God. This title shows that he served in heaven as the one who spoke for God.
Book of the “Watchtower”.org “Live forever” p. 58

Comment; Probably the God Father is mute!

2. Jesus Christ is a Businessman!
How Jesus comes to the rescue of Adam’s descendants can be compared to a wealthy benefactor who pays off a company’s debt (incurred by a dishonest manager) and reopens the factory, thus benefiting its many employees.—The Watchtower, February 15, 1991, page 13.
The “Watchtower”, September 1, 2002, p. 23

3. Assemblies in Heaven!
ASSEMBLIES OF SPIRIT PERSONS IN HEAVEN
 13 Assemblies of those “sons of God” take place from time to time and the Most High God presides over them. He has revealed that fact to us in his written Word. The earliest reports that we find of such heavenly assemblies are recorded in the first two chapters of Job.
Book of the “Watchtower”.org “Holy Spirit”, p. 22

Comment; Maybe the sons of God prepared strike!...