The Behavioral Science. God is Light and His Saints are light  

The Behavioral Science which in essence is in need of the therapy of the /heart/soul, was begotten by His Church thought Revelation 2000 years ago delivered by the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost. The word Salvation does not mean “going to a good place”, it is ~a Part Take with God~ beginning at Baptism that signifies the beginning of a potential dynamic process in one’s path toward the Kingdom of God the return to His presence!

[Luke 17:21 “No one will say, “Look here it is”! Or, “There it is!” because the Kingdom of God is within you”.

[1 Corinthians 3:16]  “Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God”?

The mortal bodies that men and women have today are the bodies that were given to Adam and Eve in order to overcome their material needs in their new home after being exiled! Their heavenly angelic bodies (created from light) were not “destroyed” they were merely “covered up” with the materialistic bodies that we all have. [Genesis 3.21]  “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them”. The moment of death (death of the body) finds Adam and Eve in Hades (a holding place till His Second Coming). Adam and Eve know exactly who they are, they are aware of  all of their actions both in Paradise and on Earth  and they become  the first ones awaiting for the decent of Lord Jesus (God Logos) who they already knew to Hades and their return because of repentance to Paradise! This eternal identity of theirs (their angelic bodies underneath the leather tunics) is known as the heart and it belongs to each and every person who is ever born.

There is going to be a Kingdom at his Second Coming and each and everyone is going to “soweth, that shall he also reap”! Pay special attention how the words “flesh” and “spirit” are placed in this following verse!

[Galadians 6: 7-8]  “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting”.

So Adams and Eves bodies (their leather tunics) were going to be the “vehicle” that was going to allow them a life (a trial) in the absence from God Creator and at the same time the means by which they could show that they have had repented!  This is why the “heart” is known to be a person in Orthodox Theology and this is why this person/heart and the mind is considered to be ONE AND THE SAME THING! [1 Peter 3:4] “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price”

If it wasn’t for the Heart being a person they would be NOTHING to represent man (everything that he ever was) after death and after the body was dissolved in the ground! There cannot be a behavioral science without the therapy of the eternal heart!

Behavioral science

Mental health overlooks the presence of the soul/heart in a person and treats man as though he is -mind alone-  and not -mind and soul- both. The heart/person is ill begotten and in need of a therapy. [Matthew 15-19] “FOR OUT OF THE HEART PROCEED EVIL THOUGHTS MURDERS ADULTERIES FORNICATIONS THEFTS FALSE WITNESS BLASPHEMIES” Furthermore vainglory, ego, envy, hatred, lustiness stinginess and greed are equally strong passions that siege the heart (self-will) and force the mind (body) in the un natural act of sin. The reaction of a healthy mind to an ill begotten heart is a chemical un balance known as psychiatric illnesses. The medicine of Psychiatry will help with the symptoms but it will not cure the ill begotten heart that causes the symptoms! An aspirin with stop the pain or  the headeachache (the symptoms),  but it will not cure what caused it, (the illness)

To Cure Man

Hierotheos Metropolitan of Nafpaktos: When we are speaking of “curing man” in essence this means the purification of his mind, his heart, which is the overall likeness of man )Nous, Logos Spirit)  his return to the “ancient beauty” that he was created to be  (and some more) and his communion with God. Those cured are His Saints!

[Mathew5:8] “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God”

God is Light and His Saints are light !                                                                                         Elder Sophrony of Essex – Image and likeness of God

 

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His VICTORY was His DEFEAT!

HIS VICTORY upon the Cross… WAS HIS WILLING DEFEAT!
HE WENT to the Cross WILLINGLY!
HE SUFFERED AND DIED WILLINGLY IN ORDER TO SAVE MANKIND!

[Mathew 16:24] Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

After Adam and Eves physical death (the death of their bodies), their souls and the souls of their descendants were still “imprisoned” by the consequences of their SIN (the propatoric sin) that were ~the eternal separation of man from God~ that prevented them eternally from ever returning to the presence of God. The devil had the authority and the joy on mankind to know that he had the power to prevent even those who were righteous during their earthly lives like Moses and the Prophets from ever returning to God after death. This injustice upon the righteous was pointed out by Paul in (Romans 5.14) “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come”. In (Timothy 1:15) we are then informed of our Lords mission. 1 Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;”

Lord Jesus (the Logos of the Father) took upon Himself the flesh and blood of man likewise, in order he might destroy the devil through abolishing the spiritual death that had the power (authority) upon physical death over the entire human race. (Hebrews 2.14) “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil”; This is why, His entire life on earth was spent sinless. (1 Peter 2:22) “Who did no sin, neither was guilt found in his mouth” He never gave the devil even the smallest legal right to gain the authority of SIN upon Him. Lord Jesus could have come down from the cross at any given moment in order to physically defeat His enemies. (Mathew 26.53) “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels”? He could have defeated His enemies with only a glance; however this type action would have been in disobedience of His Fathers commandments. (Mark 12:33) “And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices”. To physically defeat His enemies was going to be an act that was to make Him a mortal leader of the strong on Earth and not a Spiritual leader of the Holy in Heaven.

The awesome descend after His death on the Cross took place in Hades in order for Christ to fulfill ~all of His obligations~ including the sermon to the souls in Hades. He took a body of a man having a man’s soul in order for body (mind) and soul (heart) both to be cured. He made his self-known and taught as a soul when in Hades enabling His Self after His Second Coming to rule as Lord of Justice for ALL at His Second Coming. His prophets of the Old Testament were there before His descent teaching ~to repent~ as always!
In order for overall justice to prevail, the destruction of the devil who had the power over death was not to take place in a violent way supported by divine supremacy, but by the type fairness that should characterize a Creator God (God Logos) who was to rule after His Second Coming as a Fair and Loving Father to all of His all creations equally including demons! (Ephesians 4: 6) “One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all». His victory upon the devil was to be a victory over SIN by the man part in the God-man Lord Jesus who was also bound (for all fairness) by the consequences of the propateric sin.

This is why His entire life on earth was spent sinless. (1 Peter 2:22) “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth” He never gave the devil even the smallest legal right to gain the authority of SIN upon Him. Lord Jesus could have come down from the cross at any given moment in order to physically defeat His enemies. (Mathew 26.53) “Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels”? He could have defeated His enemies with only a glance; however this type action would have been in disobedience of His Fathers commandments. (Mark 12:33) “And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices”. To physically defeat His enemies was an act that was to make Him a mortal leader of the strong on Earth and not a Spiritual leader of the Holy in His Heavenly Kingdom!

He becomes the “first born from the dead”; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence”. Lord Jesus the New Adam (godman by nature) becomes “head of His Body Church “enabling those baptized and receiving the Holy Spirit with in TO BE REDEEMED FROM ALL SIN (only God can forgive sins) to also become a New Adam (godman but by the Grace of God) by becoming a MEMBER OF HIS BODY! [Α Colossians 1:18] “He is the head of his body, the Church; He is the source of the body’s life” http://orthodoxinfo.com/general/stjohn_church.aspx

Satan has no longer the authority upon death on a New Creation of God for having the Holy Spirit within in. [Galatians 6:15] “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature” He is allowed however to make His presence known the moment of death and present the various SINS of the diseased in order to prevent the soul to return to the presence of God (Salvation). His guardian angel begotten only by Baptism delivered by the Apostles will defend God’s new Adam. The protection from SIN in His Church after Baptism that redeems ALL SINS, comes by the means of the Holy Sacrament of Confession that is known by the Holy Fathers as “the Second Baptism” because it also redeems sins!

Through Confession and the Divine Life of the Church a person can pass way sinless hoping (only God can approve) to the return of the presence of His Creator God needing to become Holy like Lord Jesus is Holy! [Peter 1, 16)] “Be Holy because I am Holy”

Saint Gregory Pope of Rome 6th 7th century   (before Church schism)                                                                          The Aerial Toll-houses in the pre-schism Western Church

 

Epilogue
In [Mathew 5:8] we are informed of what is needed to return to the presence of God…to see God! “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God”
In [2 Timothy 2:5] we are informed how we need to strive during our entire life times after Baptism to achieve it! “And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully”.
In (Luke 17:21) we learn how those who become worthy are crowned! “No one will say, “Look here it is”! Or, “There it is!” because the Kingdom of God is within you”.

Who is Lord Jesus?
[Revelation 21:6] “Lord Jesus Christ is the ALPHA and the OMEGA, the CAUSE of the CREATIONAL BEGINNING, the CAUSATION OF CREATION, the SUPREME and UPMOST PURPOSE FOR ALL CREATIONS ”.

God bless

A Reflection of Light

The Relationship Needed with God from the Beginning.

Lord Jesus (the Logos of the Father) was not a man who became a God, He was Creator God who took the body of a man without ever losing his Divinity for man’s Salvation. [Revelation 21:6] “Lord Jesus Christ is the ALPHA and the OMEGA, the CAUSE of the CREATIONAL BEGINNING, the CAUSATION OF CREATION, the SUPREME and UPMOST PURPOSE FOR ALL CREATIONS ”.

God created man, the same way He would like to be a man (knowing He was to become one) after creating the angels..He created man in His image (Nous Logos Pneuma).

God creator could have had created  man any way He very well pleased, to be able for instance to see the distance of an eagle, or to see in the darkness like an owl, to be able sit on distant mountains and communicate the vast distance that whales do in the water, man could  have a face that is a common face to all his creations like animals have common faces, where God would be the only one to know and  distinguish a person ….He created man however to be a social creature, he gave him the type senses, to only be able to see and hear and respond in an arm’s length  (to be a social creation),  and most of all to be able to have eternal relationships by being born in a family!  (Lord Jesus also has a mother now who He dearly loves).  According to the Holy Fathers of the Greek Orthodox Church God is known to be a PERSON because He is known to talk to people like Moses and His Saints PERSON to person! This is how Adam and Eve know Him as a person. In [Mathew 8:29] demons recognize Jesus as “the Son of God” who has the authority to torment them BEFORE THE TIME (Second Coming). How could they know him now if they did not already know Him when He was in Paradise with His Father before He took a flesh body of a man?

[Mathew 8:29] “And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time”?

God did not want to force His presence on to His creations just because He was their creator God. He wanted His creations to obey Him because they Love Him! That is why hidden within creation was the possibility in case of denial/disobedience the unfolding of cosmological events that were going to take place manifesting a life way from His  presence a place where Adam and Eve could live independently in the absence of God on their own.
Obeying all of His commandments for their Salvation after the coming of Lord Jesus and the creation of His Church is based on the same principals of obedience leading to theosis (becoming His Likeness) that was needed for Adam and Eve. The word Salvation means “salvation from death” and the word “death” means “the eternal separation of man from God!

The question now is this. Who does God know as to who are those who really love Him? The answer is in the New Testament.  [John 14:21] “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him”.

The Obedience of love that God was  looking for in the New Testament that was the same as Paradise could not be possible if Lord Jesus sad on His throne on a cloud with the Glory of His Father after His resurrection!  This would have been an infringement of man’s freedom…his freedom to choose with his heart!  His human creations (mankind) would have not then obeyed His Commandments Him because they LOVE Him put because they FEAR of Him!  Their acts of obedience would have then been accompanied with a certain amount of a personal ~self-preservation interest~ that was surely going to be accompanied by hypocrisy. His Paradise then would have been filled with hypocrites! The Love of the Apostles that describes the ~LOVE of Christ~ is the love that the Apostles  gave to the world, without ever asking anything from it!

He will not manifest Himself to us in order to get to know Him personally in the absence of the type obedience that is given birth to  form our True love emotions toward Him, because He is an All Knowledge God who is Everywhere Present who always knows our motives and our true intentions!

When all of the preconditions (through Love and obedience) are fulfilled, God makes his presence known in our hearts!                                                                                                        [2 Corinthians: 4:6. “God makes His Light shine in our hearts, to bring us the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ.                                                                                [Gal 2:20] “So that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” [1 Corinthians 3:16]  Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and who was given to you by God”?

If disobedience was to continue with Adam and Eve and their descendants in Paradise, God would have had to become a ~Police Man God~ for the various unsolved issues of mankind and not a loving Father to those who will live with Him in His Heavenly Kingdom  because they TRULY love him. [Luke 17:21] No one will say, “Look here it is”! Or, “There it is!” because the Kingdom of God is within you”.

So obeying His commandments is the remaking of the morality of man to the morality of God Creator, and the returning to His Presence (Heavenly Kingdom) is His invitation to return to His Presence as His adopted sons and daughters (His family in a LOVE relationship that will certainly last for all eternity!

The Watch of the Heart: Conscious Presence (this spiritual development of the heart is available to humanity)

 

 

Genesis 1:3 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light”.

God is Light, and the Saints become light!                                [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezItFNpdnVY]                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Adam and Eve where were given leather tunics (flesh bodies) to be able to live in the absence of God and way from Paradise. [Genesis 3.2]  “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them”. It was the moment in time when the Grace of God needed for their daily needs was replaced by the gift of logic. This gift we understand as logic is the eye through which man who is in the image of God (Nous mind) Logos and Pneuma), could see/know the all wisdom and creativity of God in their place of exile the material universe, in order to be aided to acquire the desire in their hearts to know there is a Creator God who they need to know and return to!

A priest named Lemaitre who was a mathematician and a cosmologist, studied Einstein’s formulas in order to see “how would they exactly apply” to the beginning of the universe. In 1927 he formulated the concept of the primal atom. He thought of this by theoretically “turning evolution backwards” (using the formula) to a point at time all matter (galaxies) were concentrated into one sphere no larger than our sun!!!
Allowing ourselves then to be “at the spot” observes of this particular stage of this early cosmic event, (one sphere) we become hand on witnesses of certain un questionable facts that may have an ever-changing impact of our belief of God, the Holy Bible, and Creation.
According to this scientific research the primal atom, was “a fiery sea of radiance”, the light from which it all begun. Genesis :(3) “Let there be light-and light appeared’ (4) “God was pleased with what he saw” This means that we as human beings are creatures like angels who were created from light! We will further support this statement by seeing how science itself divides the history of the universe in Two Ages.

The Two Ages of the universe
1st age.
It is interesting to know that Science divides the history of the universe in 2 ages. They first speak of the age of the dominance of the radiance and afterwards they speak of the age of matter. During the first age that lasted 400.000 years the “representatives” of light the photons, and the “representatives” of matter the particles of the their nucleus, remained stable as far to their numbers.
2nd age
Science explains how matter can be created from light. “there was a time when temperatures were height enough that allowed collisions amongst photons to create particles of matter consisted from clean energy…2 quantum of radiance meaning 2 photons, can collide and disappear while all their energy and their boldness be disposed for the production of 2 or more particles of mater. Because of the photons immense energy, their radiation contributes much more to their energy than their matter. For these reasons the scientists support the approach that during that 1st age of the universe, the first matter was light.
We have seen the possibilities of an existence of a primal atom, a fiery sea of radiance a planet of light!
We are also able to post to ourselves the following reasonable theological question. “If someone was to live on that “planet”…Adam and Eve… one sphere no larger than our sun… Could this be Adams and Eve’s Paradise?
Let us now ask ourselves, who in the Old Testament said “Let it be Light”? It God Logos (the Logos of the Father) that was later to take a body of a man without losing His Divine Nature in order to aid humanity back to the presence of creator God!
Lord Jesus) the Second Person in the Holy Triad is consubstantial to His Father and the Holy Spirit.
The word Salvation means “salvation from death” and the word “death” means “the eternal separation of man from God!

Who is Lord Jesus?                                                                                                                          THE SYMBOL OF FAITH (of the Orthodox)
I st Ecumenical Synod of the Christian Church 325 A.D in Nikea
http://mb-soft.com/believe/txh/nicene.htm

[Revelation 21:6] “Lord Jesus Christ is the ALPHA and the OMEGA, the CAUSE of the CREATIONAL BEGINNING, the CAUSATION OF CREATION, (who makes for this reason) the SUPREME and UPMOST PURPOSE (OF LIFE) FOR ALL CREATIONS (humans)”.
ASSISTANCE: From the book of Archimandrite A.S.Chajinikolou, “The beginning and the end of the world”, cosmology and the Holy Scriptures

The Watch of the Heart: Conscious Presence (this spiritual development of the heart is available to humanity)

 

ONE TREE, One fruit, all seeds!

Within Adam’s DNA, were found all the various expressions of man (life/races) that were to come into being under the right circumstances in order to help man adapt to the many verities of environments found in the four corners of the world where they were to go!

God created mankind by using three different methods. He first used clay, then Adams rib and semen. Remember how God created Adam from clay? When God created Eve He did not take soil from the ground again in order to make her also, he took a part of Adams rib and created her! The Holy Bible does not mention that God “blew” into Eve’s nostrils in order to ALSO bring her into life. Her soul was begotten along with Adams rib (body and soul) !
Eve was born from Adam! The method of course for their children and the rest of mankind was semen.
What does this say for humanity? All of MANKIND (body and soul) who are the descendants of Adam and Eve, were created by God through ~ONE PERSON~ Adam alone!

God had a very special plan for Adam and Eve in Paradise.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27)
Man was created in the “IMAGE of God” but after OUR likeness” only if Adam and Eve wanted to.
God created man to be in His ~IMAGE~ Nous (mind), Logos and Pneuma (spirit). The image of God in man describes all of the means by which man can know God PERSONALLY. This is why Holy Fathers of the Greek Orthodox Church teach that “God is a PERSON because He is known to talk to people like Moses and His Saints PERSON to person! The greatest gift that God gave to man and to His angels is their freedom, their freedom to choose! He created all of His angels free (proof is the fallen archangel Lucifer/snake) and this is the same gift He provided Adam and Eve.
This is why becoming the LIKENESS of God (the UNION of God with Adam and Eve) could only come about if they wanted to!

This UNION of God with man (becoming His LIKENES is known in the New Testament as becoming Holy, New Creation (part man part God) New Adam, the overcoming of mortality and Eternal life! [John 17:3 “And eternal life means knowing you, the only true God, and knowing Jesus Christ, whom you send”
The conditions of becoming Holy (UNION with God) are the same conditions found in the New Testament in [John 14:2]. The ONE WORD God gives the most emphasis in this verse here is the word LOVE which is the ONLY FOUNDATION upon which God wants a person to obey His commandments! “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him”

Being disobedient by first eating of the forbidden able following by the refusal to repent are the events that caused the unfolding of cosmological events ~build within creation~ that were to unfold manifesting the new WILL of God for the Salvation of man in case of disobedience.! If God went on and made Adam “a god by the Grace of God” (Holy) after he had sinned/disobayed, then Adam would have had the notion in his mind that being partaken (united) with God, does not exclude disobedience!

The New WILL of God for the SALVATION of man was delivered by the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost with 85 Holy Apostolic Canons (rules) by which Lord Jesus (God Logos) became the “head of His body the Church” enabling this way those baptized TO BE REDEEMED FROM ALL SIN (only God can forgive sins) and become MEMBERS OF HIS BODY ~PART man part god~! [Α Colossians 1:18] “He is the head of his body, the Church; He is the source of the body’s life” http://orthodoxinfo.com/general/stjohn_church.aspx

Cannons of the Apostles
http://www.voskrese.info/spl/aposcanon.html
These Holy Apostolic Cannons that establish our Lords presence in His Church as High Priest and Mediator to His Father for each and every one of us ensure man’s freedom, they were set forth to free man from his biggest tyranny that is sin, and they are aimed to set man free from his biggest tyrant who is the devil.

Through Baptism Jesus Christ Himself reshapes and makes man partaker of a divine nature. It signifies the beginning of a potential dynamic process in one’s path toward the Kingdom of God. Baptism introduces people to the place of their Salvation that is the Ecclesia (Church) and grands them the right to participate to all the other Holy Sacraments. The Holy Baptism is also known as the Holy Sacrament of Rebirth. It is becoming “a god by the Grace of God”! The purpose of Holy Baptism is to remove the consequences of the original sin, is to allow a person to become a vessel of the Holy Spirit (Saint) to become a member of His Holy Body. This is why during Baptism the priest calls upon the sponsor to renounce the devil and all of his works. Baptism described in the Holy Bible cannot take place without Lord Jesus (God Logos) partaking as high Priest and Mediator to His Father with His Holy Sacraments.
If it was not fort the schism in 1054 the total of humanity would have been praising God and seeking Salvation the same way today. The “churches” that started to show up after the schism, took the Holy Bible and “threw away” the Church that wrote it! The will of God for the Salvation of man was replaced by the will of man!

Without the Church created by the Apostles begotten by the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost, there is no ~part take with God~ because man cannot ~purify his heart~ on his own in order to allow God to make himself His Temple. [Mathew 5:8] is very lucit! “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” If in turn God has not made man His Temple, man is never going to be able to see God because he will not be able to see Him and live!
[Exodus 33.20] “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live”.

Without the Church created by the Apostles begotten by the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost, life after death will meet the same after life conditions as before of His coming where there was No Hope No salvation!Adam creation.jpg

Daily Prompt: Confess

Confes-sion

He sacrificed His Son Lord Jesus (God Logos) in order to become the “head of His body the Church” enabling this way those baptized TO BE REDEEMED FROM ALL SIN (only God can forgive sins) and become MEMBERS OF HIS BODY! [Α Colossians 1:18] “He is the head of his body, the Church; He is the source of the body’s life” [http://orthodoxinfo.com/general/stjohn_church.aspx]

In (John 20:23) He is talking to the Apostles in essence He is  giving them the authority  on His behalf by breathing on to them  to forgive sins! [22] And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: In verse 22 Lord Jesus gives the Apostles authority to do something important by also involving (he breathed on them) the Holy Spirit. Today’s Orthodox priest have what is called Apostolic Succession and they receive the Holy Spirit (the authority) thought the Holy Sacrament of Ordaining a priest. These actions authorized by our Lord were given approval by the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in John 20:21 and they are of the greatest importance for the Salvation of man. The importance of the remittance of sins is mentioned in verse 23

[23] Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

The sins talked about in verse 23 cannot possibly be remitted if they are not heard first. Confession (to tell ones sins) is also a Holy Sacrament of the Church.. Man can not possibly ask to live in the presence of God with sins.

Apostles who became Bishops                                              https://orthodoxwiki.org/Seventy_Apostles

Confession                                                              http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/pr_confession.aspx

 

 

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On the way to His Second Coming. Bringing Toll Houses to a better understanding

They are known as “the Aerial Toll Houses”  [Ephesians 2:1.2] “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.

The devil no longer “worketh” in children of disobedience after Baptism (union with God) and Salvation The devil no longer gets to claim all souls for his like he did before the coming of our Lord Jesus and the creation of His Church he has no say so as to who gets past him to Paradise to the throne of Godman Lord Jesus!

First will come Resurrection and then Ascension!

Toll houses provide a fair/legal outcome that will satisfy demons and guardian angels both. Before the coming of Lord Jesus and the creation of His Church as a therapeutic institution from SIN the devil had the authority to take ~all souls~ to Hades including the righteous like all of the prophets of the Old Testament. Those Baptized however that are UNITED with God (Galatians 3:27) will go through a “judgment before the Judgment” hearing that will determine for those Baptized the waiting place between Paradise (the presence of God) and Hades till His Second Coming. The devil and his demons all partake in this toll houses judgment, for God is a fair loving and just Father to all of His creations who wants them to know all the reasons of all of His decisions concerning the outcome of the Tool houses temporary placement and His Second Coming Judgments both. In the absence of Baptism by the Church created by the Holy Spirit 2000 years ago, a soul is driven by demons straight to Hades till His Second coming to await the rendering of His Justice at which time Lord Jesus and His Saints who were remade to a New Creation (Colossians 3 10) by Baptism and remained worthy, will Ascent to the Heavenly Kingdom (to the city as described in Revelation 21:2) where Lord Jesus will be eternally High Priest and King in the order of Mελχισεδεκ leaving behind Paradise for those from all religions who have kept their conscience unsoiled!

THE CONSCIENCE
The Holy Fathers of the Greek Orthodox Church teach that ~The mind of the MIND~ is the CONSCIENCE. The conscience which is described to be LAW testifies to the present of God in the heart without His presence and without hindering man’s freedom! According to the Holy Bile those who have never heard of Lord Jesus will go to Paradise if they have kept their conscience/Law unsoiled! [Romans 2:14] “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves”

Saint Macarius of Moscow.
After quoting numerous examples of Church Fathers who taught the Toll Houses he writes. “Such an uninterrupted, constant and universal usage in the Church of the teachings of Toll Houses especially amongst the teachers of the 4th century, indisputably testifies that it was handed down to them from the teachers of the preceding centuries and it is founded on Apostolic Tradition.”
Orthodox dogmatic Theology, vol 2 (1883) p.535

To be indifferent on Church Tradition meaning Toll Houses
Is to be indifferent on Church Tradition begotten as a Revelation from God!.
God bless
Orthodox Afterlife: The 20 Toll Houses

Orthodox Afterlife: The 20 Toll Houses