Iera Paradosis (Holy Tradition) “What the Apostles preached and the Church received”

There was ONLY ONE Church [Ephesians 4:5] present in the world the first 1054 years of Christianity and this is a historical fact. The knowledge about Iera Paradosis (Holy Tradition) is knowledge that is discribed about in the Holy Bible by our Christians Saints ancestors who wrote it and delivered it to us!

In the beginning of the creation of the Church and in the ABSENCE of the Holy Bible, Christians went to Church through Faith alone they were baptized (were redeemed from sin entirely through the Holy Sacrament of Baptism) and became Saints by attracting the Grace of God through obeying all of His evangelical commandments and by participating at the same time in the Holy Sacraments of the Church as delivered by the Apostles begotten the day of Pentecost through the Holy Spirit. This dual responsibility of obedience of each Christian person is known by the Holy Fathers as Divine Life.

Divine Life

The up keeping in our daily lives of all of the Evangelical commandments and the  participation with honesty in all of the Holy Sacraments of the Church where Lord Jesus is present as the SOURCE in His BODY the Church (Α Colossians 1:18)  is the redeeming ~way of Life~ that describes Divine Life. In the beginning of Christianity (the first 60 years) and in the absence of the Holy Bible, Salvation was/is possible by Divine Life alone.

No education or the ability to read was ever needed for Salvation but the up keeping of Divine life alone. After Baptism, Salvation can be sustained/achieved by the participation to 1 Divine Thanks, 2 Confession, 3 Holy Communion, 4 Fasting and 5 Prayer. None of these duties require any kind of education, it is a matter of fact that a person need not even be able to read! (Could the Lord be any fairer for all? You see the Church was never about knowledge but about SIN. This is why everybody can participate ON EQUAL TERMS) !

The reason the Church was able to immediately start to produce Saints, was because of the presence of the ~Life Saving Sin Redeeming Holy Sacraments~ that imply the direct Personal involvement of resurrected Goodman Lord Jesus (God Logos) present in His Church as the Supreme Height Priest (Hebrew 5:5) and a mediator to His Father. [John 10.9] “I am the door: by me if any men enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture”.

Everything delivered by the Apostles for the Salvation of man was given the name “Paradosis” which derives from the Greek verb “paradono” which means TO PERSONALLY HAND DOWN OR DELIVER. In his first letter to the [Corinthians 11.2]  Paul is praising his fellow brother Christians because they remember him in everything and for keeping sound and unchanged the teachings as he hand delivered (paradosis) to them by word. “Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you”.

This Greek word “paradosis” was unfortunately replaced (translated) by Bible scholars (in versions of the Holy Bible ) for new  “churches”  showing up in violation of [Ephesians 4:5]  after the schism in 1054 AC with the word “Tradition” which means “something that is usually done” that DOES NOT represent (explain) the real meaning of the original Greek word Paradosis that is found in the original Greek script in the Holy Bible.

The Greek word Paradosis

The Greek word Paradosis means “lesson, to transfer, and or to personally deliver something”. The word Paradosis implies without question that the Holy Tradition of the Church was handed down by the Apostles personally (person to person) which makes this knowledge unquestionably very specific. In his letters to Thessalonians, to the Corinthians and the Philippians Paul is addressing his fellow Christians as the FOUNDER of their Church and not as a plain fellow Christian. As one of the founders of the Christian Church he continuously stresses out the IMPORTANCE of following strictly Holy Tradition (Iera Paradosis) “what the Apostles preached, and the Church received” for this knowledge was the indisputable Divine begotten WILL of God for the Salvation of man.

VERSES in Holy Bible about IERA PARADOSIS (Holy Tradition).

Again, please keep in mind as you read that: The Greek word “Paradosis” mentioned in these following 3 verses in his letters to the Thessalonians, the Corinthians, and the Philippians which mean “what the apostles preached and the Church received”, was taken out and replaced in various English versions of the Holy Bible (unknown to the Apostles and the Church) with similar words that FAIL to ACCENT on the real reason of the praise of the Apostle which was a praise for the correct up keeping for Salvation Truth/Law of “what the Apostles preached and the Church received”.

1) Ιn [2 Thessal 2:15] the Greek word Paradodis (what the apostles preached and the Church received) was replaced with the word “truth”. “So then, our brothers and sisters stand firm and hold on to those “truths” which we taught you, both in our preaching and in our letter.”

a) It should be obvious here, that word “truth” does not imply to Church knowledge that is very specific, but to knowledge that is commonly known and accepted by all,”

b) The word “truth’ fails to inform the reader that this knowledge (the truth) was personally delivered (paradosis) by Paul himself,

c) The word “truth” fails to inform the Bible scholar that the “truth” Paul is referring to was the Divine begotten

WILL of God passed down to the Apostles the day of Pentecost who in turn personally delivered it (Paradono) to the Church for the Salvation of man.

2) In [1 Corinth 11:2] the word Paradosis is replaced with the word “teachings”. “I praise you because you always remember me and follow the “teachings” that I have handed on to you.

a) If the “teachings” that Paul is referring to in this verse do not refer “point out” to the Paradosis “he preached and the Church had received” and do not refer to Bible teachings because the Holy Bible was nowhere to be found yet, where are these teachings referring to? The answer is found in the miss translated word from the original Greek scripts which Paradosis “What the apostles preached and the Church received”

3) [Phillip. 4:9] “Put into practice what you “learnt” and “received” from me, both from my words and from my actions”. Again in this verse the word Paradosis was replaced by the words “learnt” and “received” concealing in this way that the knowledge talked about here was personally hand delivered by Paul and the fact that it was very specific. (what the Apostles preached and the Church received)

a) The verse in [Phillip. 4:9] starts with the words “put into practice” and it finishes with “what you

learnt and received from me, both from my words and from my actions”. Isn’t the verse secretly but loudly describing the presence of the Greek word “Paradosis” that was taken out meaning “what was hand delivered by the Apostles and was received by the Church”?

b) Do the words “put into practice” and “what you learnt and received from me” indicate the fact that all his teachings about “the way of doing things” for the Salvation of man (Holy Tradition) were practices that were followed by all of the Apostles who were sent out to create Churches everywhere around the word? Does the verse in Philip 4:9 inform the scholar that Paul’s statement indicates very specific directions begotten from “what the apostles preached and the Church received”?

in the above 3 verses we have just studied how Paul gives the Church encouragement and praise by letter for up keeping correctly Iera Paradosis (Holy Tradition) concerning the WILL of God as to Church practices for the Salvation of man. The WILL of God as to the creation of his Church was begotten ONCE AND FOR ALL TIMES the day of Pentecost. [Acts 2:3,4]  3)“And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them”. 4) “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance”.

Iera Paradosis (Holy Tradition)

The gift of speaking in tongs is usually what impresses people…If the Apostles were to go around the world in order to create Churches; they had the need to be able to speak the language first! This in reality was one of the smallest of the gifts. The greatest gift to mankind was the creation of His Church were man could redeem their self from SIN beginning with  the Holy Sacrament of Baptism,  and escape from what is known as the most horrible death which is the spiritual death that in essence describes the Eternal Separation of Man from God!

Holy Canons   http://www.holytrinitymission.org/books/english/cannons_apostles_rudder.htm

The “rules” that they were to create Churches with were received that same day of Pentecost and were given the name –cannons- There are 85 Holy Cannons that are present from the beginning of the creation of His Church. These are the cannons (rules) that the Orthodox have been following unchanged from the beginning of the creation of His Church.

What is Canon Law?

Although generally referred to as canon law, such a name given to the Church’s law suggests a parallel to secular law. It would be more correct to call it the tradition of the holy canons, since they are the object of its concern.

The first cannon specifies “How to ordain Bishop”, followed by the second how to ordain his helpers the Presbyter deacons and clergymen followed of course with how to prepare Holy Communion. In [John 6:54] we are informed of the importance of Holy Communion.  “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day”.

In the Greek Orthodox Church we know Holy Communion as the “medicine of immortality” it is the essence the blood and body of our Lord that ~remakes man to” Goodman by the Grace of God~ an anaplasis of man by Lord Jesus  to a new creation.

[Colossians 3 10] “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him”:

[Ephesians 4:23-24]  23 “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness”. Becoming a new creation is also known as being Holy (1 Peter 1,16) a New Adam, the Overcoming of mortality, Salvation and being “a god by the grace of God”. All of these conditions describe  the return of man back to the presence of his creator God.

The benefits of Christians in obeying Iera Paradosi and the Cannons of His Church

“The Holy Cannons ensure mans 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”.

Most of the apostles became Bishops in his Church in order to keep being of service to their beloved Lord after he had ascended to His Father. The word Ecclesia (Church) is found in the original Holy Bible that was written in Greek 105 times!  Lazarus the resurrected friend of Lord Jesus was a Cyprus Bishop here for 33 years after he was resurrected. The Church of Cyprus was the 2nd Christian Church created by the apostles after the one in Jerusalem (Acts 13:4-5). Lazarus never did smile while a Bishop here because as he would say being in Hades was most horrible and he would continue by saying “no one being in Hades can ever smile again”  You see my friends the first time he died there was no Church no redeeming Holy sacraments to SAVE him from death (spiritual death)

Video about Lazarus, His Church and Resting place in Cyprus http://www.cyprusisland.net/churches/church-saint-lazarus

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

Apostolic Succession

Apostolic succession is the tracing of a direct line of apostolic ordination, Orthodox doctrine, and communion from the Apostles to the current episcopacy of the Orthodox Church. All three elements are constitutive of apostolic succession.http://orthodoxwiki.org/Apostolic_succession

God bless, please take care                                                                                                                   Constantinos James Wiliams

The “rewards” of obedience

The devil is no longer a passenger on the coach…he is given authority to drive it.

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Lucifer the fallen  archangel (the devil)  accomplishes all of his destruction and death by only using his “mouth” just like in Paradise when he convinced Adam and Eve that they could become God by eating the apple!  In reality he has NO authority upon man. He can not make man do ANYTHING. This is because the greatest gift from God to man (and his angels) is their FREEDOM, the freedom to choose!

Demons are only allowed (by God) to sit at the “edge” of men’s hearts (like the snake on the tree in Paradise) and “whisper sweet nothings” known in Greek as logismoi (successions to commit sin) that involve the weaknesses of each and every one of us that he knows very well. Demons usually prefer those with expansionism priorities and expectations who are wealthy who can achieve the most harm who have a need of fame and glory just like he did! The invisible human heart (soul) is very visible to the body less  battalion of Lucifer and his demons are working very hard (lying according to each persons passions) in order to bring humans down to sin, in order to show God that humans are lower that demons, in order to show that human greed and ungratefulness is worse than theirs. As time goes by and man enjoys the fruits of apostasy from obeying the devil and denying God by  the fulfillment of their ill begotten passions, they come to a point that they no longer have an authority on their own personal will for they begin to be submitted entirely and without question to the will of the devil! The devil is no longer a passenger on the coach…he is given authority to drive it.  

It is known through the Old Testament that Eosforos (Lucifer) was Gods archangel, He was the most beautiful of the angels and he was the most knowledgeable. Angels were created by God before creation and before man. His ungratefulness and greediness was shown when he decided that he could put his throne over the throne of creator God who created him. Lucifer and the other angels that followed him were send way from the presence of God because they were repent less. (Judah 6) “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day”. Their inner attitude of the fallen angels toward God and humanity is now known (reflected) on their outer bodies for all to know for all to visually see.  Doesn’t a goat “bully” or “push” around with his horns other goats in order to dominate the entire herd?  The fallen angels  choice of attempting this blasphemous and distorted act of betrayal resulted to the withdrawal of the Grace of the Creator God having as consequence their inner ugliness and ungratefulness to be now known on their outer bodies for all to see. Be sure, an Ant blowing at the sun in order to try to put it out, is a good resemblance of the “power” of the devil against God! The word devil comes from the Greek word “diaballo” which means  ~distort~ and in this case the word devil means  to distort the truth. The devil has no authority on the will of man he merely looks to exploit the weaknesses of each person (Power Gold, Fame Sex)  in order to get people to sin. Adam and Eve did not have to obey Satan they disobeyed on their own free will!  They disobeyed because they wanted to. The devil is considered to be a Fool because he dared think he could put his throne over the throne of his creator God! The devil does not work free for those he collaborates with who are those who have the same passions of expansionism fame and power  that he had that transformed him in an animal like existence as we know him today. At that moment of death the devil will show up and ask from God TO GET PAID for his SERVICES RENDERED during these people lives. He shows up with all and he accuses hoping to take the soul home. This is why his other name which is Satan means “the Accuser”!  His SERVICES will be PAID with an EXCHANGE of the person’s eternal soul. This is what the devil is working for; these souls will be his precious trophies for ALL TIME to come! Those Baptised,  those becoming Holy are “out of limits” from the hands of devil who can not possibly get close even if he wanted to because of the presence of the Holy spirit with in!  

Saint Nicodimos the Athonide is very lucid when describing the general “picture” of the Holy and the unholy (those accused) the moment of Resurrection.

The Holy Fathers teach that all those that attracted the  Grace of God with their deeds belonging to Lord Jesus Church (His Body) will resurrect with the body of the new Adam (New Creation) in other words with Lords Jesus Glorious Body as seen 11 times in the New Testament before ascending to His Father. His body and the bodies of those united with Him are described by the Holy Fathers to be: soft, light, beautiful, glorious, transparent, bright, warm, and spiritual

The bodies  of the unholy (the likeness of the devil) will have a surpassing difference to those of the righteous ones there will be tough, heavy, ugly, foul, dark, evil stiff and unrefined”.      

Holy Orthodoxy: The Ancient Church of Acts in the 21st Century   -history of patriarchies-

A Word About Church History  

Scholars estimate there are over 2600 groups today who lay claim to being the Church, or at least the direct descendants of the Church described in the New Testament. Repeat: 2600! But for the first thousand years of her history the Church was essentially one. Five historic Patriarchal centers Jerusalem; Antioch, Rome, Alexandria, and Constantinople formed a cohesive whole and were in full communion with each other. There were occasional heretical or schismatic groups going their own way, to be sure; but the Church was unified until the 11th century. Then, in events culminating in A.D.1054, the Roman Patriarch pulled away from the other four, pursuing his long-developing claim of universal headship of the Church in violation of [Ephesians 4:5] that specifically points out ONE CHURCH for the Salvation of man. Today, nearly a thousand years later, the other four Patriarchates remain intact, in full communion, maintaining that the Greek Orthodox apostolic faith of the inspired New Testament record which is the Orthodox Church and her history as described herein, from Pentecost to the present day. 

Lord Jesus did not come to teach philosophically but THERAPEUTICALLY.                          http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2013/03/the-foundations-of-orthodox.html

HOLY LIGHT

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The Divine Presence in the Temple of the Holy Sepulchre Jerusalem for the past 1670 years

Orthodox Christian pilgrims and a priest cross themselves as they behold a ray of light after the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Saturday, April 23, 2011. Orthodox Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried where the Church of the Holy Sepulchre now stands, and that a flame appears spontaneously from his tomb on Pascha of each year. ‎”For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” – Psalm 35:10 LXX

Holy Light -The Hope-

The Holy Light seen in the Temple of the Holy Sepulchre is a MATERIAL light (like the sunlight is material light) provided by the Grace of God just like in the case of Moses, that appears every year as an invitation to those Christians who have left the Church the year 1054 A C that gives HOPE to the Orthodox Faithful who are not yet perfected and can not yet see (partake) -see God in His Divine Light- and live. Exodus 33:20: “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live”.

His Divine Light

The presence of God can only be known in the heart where God is known to testify to His Self to man by those who were healed by those becoming worthy! [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.

The purpose of the Creation of the Church with Her Holy Sacraments where Lord Jesus is High Priest [Hebrews 5:5] is centered around making each and every Christian Baptized –worthy- by  union (partake) with God, a condition that can lead to, Sainthood,  the Overcoming of ones mortality, or “being a god by the Grace of God” Becoming Holy, Eternal Life and Salvation.

Why not be present the next time Gods Holy Light appears in His Church in Jerusalem. This is the date

2017 Abril 15

2018 Abril 8

2019 Abril 2

2020 Abril 19

2021May 2 and all Saturdays Orthodox Easter coming in the future!

In essence, each year God is offering an open invitation to all.                                      In essence, each year, humanity is offering God an open denial.

HOLY LIGHT (video in many languages)   

http://oodegr.co/english/ekklisia/holylight.htm                                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgNMWSkuIds                                                               Miracle of Holy Light in Jerusalem: Testimonies and Evidence

There are those who search the Patriarch for fire making materials. In essence there is absolutely NO NEED TO! AS you will establish in this video, the Holy Light is present all over in the Temple and -the torches light up by their selves- BEFORE the Patriarch comes out!Please also take a look at the pictures in the bottom of the web page. The fire does not burn. Remember Moses and the burning bush?

In the absence of Lord Jesus in His Church who remakes/recreates man to godman (holy) with His Holy Sacraments through being the Height Priest in His Church [Hebrews 5:5] there cannot possibly be hope… there can not possible be Salvation for anyone!

Respectfully your friend and servant                                                                                                    Constantinos J.W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A SAINT IS A NEW CREATION ON EARTH

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This is the Holy Kara (head) of Apostle Luke

Lord Jesus did not come to bring a new morality or a philosophy on earth. He brought a Holy Tradition (Church Tr.) through which man is -REMADE- by Gods Grace to –A NEW KIND OF A HUMAN BEING – never known or seen on earth or heaven before… A NEW CREATION!

[Colossians 3 10] “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him”:

[Ephesians 4:23-24]   23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Man has a divine inheritance Church (Body of Christ) created by the Apostles through the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost, and a divine destination (becoming Holy [1 Peter 1, 16] “Be Holy because I am Holy ”

The coming of Lord Jesus introduced into mankind a New Creation (a new kind of human being) for Lord Jesus himself was the first one, He was conceived by the Holy Sprit and -Mary His mother while remaining a virgin. Lord Jesus is a New Creation (godman) known to His Church as the new Adam consisting of 2 natures. The divine nature God Logos (Truth Spoken Words) and His human one. God Logos, who is the second Person in the Holy Triad, is a Godman by nature in this way.

The purpose of the creation of His Church by the Apostles through the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost was in order to enable Lord Jesus to preside eternally as High Priest [Hebrews 5:5], in order to serve man to also becoming a godmen but “by the Grace of God”. [2 Corinthians 5 :17] “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature”:

Becoming a new creation is a supernatural condition that testifies to union with God known as being Holy. (Peter 1, 16) “Be Holy because I am Holy”.

Before the coming of Lord Jesus and in the absence of the Church it was impossible for man to know God personally, to see God and live. In [Exodus 33:20] we are informed why. “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

The philanthropist God, delivered His only begotten Son (God Logos) not to only teach, but to die on the Cross, defeat death as a man, become -the first born- from the dead (spiritual dead) in order to then become the -head of His Body the Church- where man could receive -the Therapy needed- thru His Holy Sacraments to exceed their human nature to be recreated by Lord Jesus (Go Logos) to Holy a condition known as NEW CREATION New Adam the overcoming of mortality and ETERNAL LIFE.

[Colossians 1:18] “And he is the head of the body, the church:who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” So in simple words, God (God Logos) became man in order for man to become –god- (Saint) but with the Grace of God. The term “spiritual death “is an Ecclesiastic term describing -the Eternal Separation of Man from God-!

This is how Paul describes His personal experience, as being a new creation. [Gal 2:20] “So that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me” Paul admits that God (Christ) lives in him, making him this way a god-man by His Grace, a way of being never seen on heaven or earth before. [Galatians 6:15] “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature”.

In [Galatians 1:16] we are also informed that it was no human (flesh and blood) who gave him his mission who revealed His Son to him. “To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood”:

This is the reason why the Holy Fathers say that the heavenly Kingdom is NOT a “place” it is “a way of being” a UNION of man with God Creator Himself, begotten and experienced from this here life. [Luke 17:21] No one will say, “Look here it is”! Or, “There it is!” because the Kingdom of God is within you”. This is how the Apostles and the Saints did/do their miracles…it is not man that does them it is the God (Holy Spirit) within!

In [John 17:3] “And eternal life means knowing you, the only true God, and knowing Jesus Christ, whom you send” notice here please the words –KNOWING YOU- do not mean to know Lord Jesus philosophically as by reading about Him in the Holy Bible alone but it means: KNOWING YOU PERSONALLY!

St. Symeon the New Theologian Greek Orthodox Church.                                                              The vision of Divine Light                                                                                                                          “It is me, God, Who became man for you; and behold that I have made you, as you see, and shall make you god”.

http://www.monachos.net/content/patristics/studies-fathers/67

To know Him personally, means first Union -WITH Him BY Him- through His Holy Sacraments starting with Baptism. [Galatians 3:27] “You were baptized into union with Christ, and now you are clothed, with the life of Christ himself” Baptism unites man with his Creator God, by restoring man to Gods likeness, (Holy) granting him this way the opportunity here on earth to achieve immortality, a life that is eternal, otherwise known as ETERNAL LIFE. In order to be united with Christ this way (union with God/Salvation) there were special canons/rules delivered by the Holy Spirit to the Apostles the day of Pentecost known as the 85 Holy Apostolic canons that would enable Lord Jesus to be High priest and Mediator to His Father in his Body the Church [Α Colossians 1:18] for the Salvation of each and every one individually! [Hebrews 5:5] “Christ did not take the honour of being High Priest by Himself. God Himself gave this honour to Him. You will be a priest forever in the priestly order of Melchizedek”.

Ierotheos Metropolitan of Naufpaktos about Baptism. “Through the “rite of birth in God”, holy baptism, man’s nous is illuminated, freed from slavery to sin and the devil, and is united with God. That is why baptism is called illumination. But after that, because of sin, the nous is again darkened and deadened. The patristic writings make it clear that every sin and every passion deadens the nous”.

Once man is restored to Gods likeness the spiritual life needed to embrace theosis (holiness) is in no need of any special intelligence or education at all. It is known as Divine Life. It is the conforming of our conduct to the requirements of new virtues and a spiritual life also known as newness of life.

[Romans 6.4] “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life”.

Divine Life

The keeping in our daily lives of all of the Evangelical commandments 2 and our participation with honesty in all of the Holy Sacraments of the Church is the redeeming way of Life that describes Divine Life. In the beginning of Christianity (the first 60 years) and in the absence of the Holy Bible, Salvation was/is possible by Divine Life alone.

No education or the ability to read was ever needed for Salvation. After Baptism, Salvation can be sustained/achieved by the participation to 1 Divine Thanks, 2 Confession, 3 Holy Communion, 4 Fasting and 5 Prayer. According to Church Tradition Saint Clement (Philippians 4:3) who sighted the Holy Cannons by sighing the last 85th one, is the Saint who informed us that the 85 Holy Cannons that the Apostles used in order to create Christian Churches around the world were written by Paul and Peter who are seen in His Churches to hold His Church in icons. The word Ecclesia “Church” is in the Holy Bible 104 times! These are the canons (rules) received by the Apostles the day of Pentecost by which the Apostles who became Bishops created his Churches (Ecclesia) everywhere they went around the world. [http://www.holytrinitymission.org/books/english/cannons_apostles_rudder.htm]

The Holy Cannons provide man’s freedom for they work in order to aid man to be delivered from Sin, and at the same time they liberate him from his greatest tyrant the devil. Most of the Apostles like Lazarus who loved Lord Jesus dearly became Bishops in order to serve His Church after His ascension.

Apostles who became Bishops to serve His Church                  http://orthodoxwiki.org/Seventy_Apostles

The Therapy of the Church is concentrated on the heart/soul. It is the part (it is a person) that leaves the body after death that is the center of man’s psychosomatic self… that is  ill begotten and in need of therapy.  [Matthew 15-19] “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies”:

Furthermore Vainglory, selfishness, jealousy, hatred, murder, lustfulness, gastritis, stinginess, are all PASSIONS “adopted” by he heart that FORCE man (the mind) in a un natural acts that are known as SIN. In [Mathew 5:8] we are informed that the pure heart is the main precondition in being able to see/know God. “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God”

To be Holy is not a moral or an ethical term, it is an ontological transformation verifiable on the Remains of Saints after death and after exhuming the body!.

Holy Remains

http://easternorthodoxspirituality.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-place-of-holy-relics-in-orthodox.html

It is an 2000 year old Orthodox Monastic Tradition worldwide, to exhume the monks’ bodies 5 years after their death. Their remains are then placed in special charnel houses and at the same time the Monastery monks are given the chance to establish first hand if their brother monk brings signs of Holiness on his remain. In reality what they are looking to ascertain is: 2) Whether the remain (the bones) have acquired a honey- gold color, 3) Ascertain if a distinct beautiful scent (aroma) ascends from the monk’s relic. 4) In some cases (that are not rare) like in the case of Saint Demetrios the “fragrant” who lived the 3rd century, His Holy Remains gush out a semi liquid aromatic unction that looks like honey. Every year the 3rd of November, the delegation of His Temple in  Thessalonica Greece, opens His reliquary (that is permanently located in the Church), in order to gather from the Holy Remain His unction on cotton balls, so that the faithful ones can keep them as a special blessing. 5) It is well known among Christians of the Orthodox Church, that the Holy Remains (and the unction) are known to cure even the most incurable diseases and illnesses.The Holy Fathers of the Orthodox Church explain that the Gold and Aromatic Remains of a monk are signs of holiness, that are begotten as a result of an actual physical transformation or a metamorphosis that is ontological that takes place during the monk’s natural life. The Holy Fathers explain that this metamorphosis constitutes the needed proof that during the monk’s natural life he managed to become a “vessel” of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Fathers resemble the transformed Holy Remains of the monk with an iron that has become incandescent (transformed) after being put to the fire. Even thought the iron returns to what it seems to be its natural form and shape after being placed in the fire, a close examination reveals a change of colon and the presence of a powder like residue.

This is the reason why the term Saint is not a moral (ethical) term in Orthodoxy, but an ontological (physical) one that is verifiable. The glory found on holy remains is a prefiguration of this new glorified way of being (holiness) of the body. Upon visiting Saint Nicolaos (Santa Clause! ) resting place [http://obitel-minsk.by/_oid100025155.html],who was a 3rd century Bishop of the original Church created by the Apostles, nun Juliania Denissova writes. “The most important thing for me was that the Lord allowed me to see the wonderful signs of God’s presence on Earth with my own eyes and to learn something from it”. The relics of St Nicholas were a genuine window to the Eternity for me. She goes on and she writes: Myrrh, which is a supernatural, wonderworking and fragrant liquid, flows out from the relics of St. Nicholas even up to the present day.

Such trips are sometimes necessary not only for consolation but also to let a person have the chance to think over what is going on inside his heart as he stands face to face with the saint”.

The Church has kept the Holy Remains of her Saints from the very beginning of her creation, and the fact that she is custody today of Holy Remains of even the Apostles, prove the “age» of this Church Tradition http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/01/incorrupt-right-hand-of-st-john-baptist.html

In the history told on the above web side we can see how Apostle Luke is involved in the delivery of the arm (Holy Remains) of John the Baptist.

Talking of Apostle Luke, I must mention the fact that it is known by the Church that he was a doctor. Along with being a doctor he was also known to be the Churches first iconographer. The story in the following the web page also tells us where his Holy Remains are found today.   http://orthodoxwiki.org/Apostle_Luke

The Grace of God that sanctifies the holy remains with aroma is mentioned in the Holy Bible in (2 Corinthians 2: 14, 15). 14. “We owe thanks to God, because while he wins and while being triumphant, he always carries us all about in his triumph as deacons of his victory that takes place for Christ and his gospel”. 15. “Because we the apostles and the preachers of the gospel are indeed the scent of Christ that is pleasing to God˙ a scent amongst those who are saved and also amongst those who are sentenced to eternal loss”.

The same –Grace- is known to be transmitted through various objects (f.i. clothing and other objects) that come into contact with the bodies of Saints resulting to miracle making. (Matthew 20, 22), 20. “And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind [him], and touched the hem of his garment”: 21. “For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole”. 22 “But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour”. Oil was also used to removed demons and cure men and women by anointing them with it. (Mark 6:13) “And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.” They also cured the ill by using handkerchiefs or aprons. (Acts 19:12) “So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.”

In order for God to protect the monk from arrogance or protect him (or her) from other people that might want to harm him because of jealousy, allows the rest of us to see this metamorphosis (the signs of Sainthood) after death and after we exhume the body.

The most significant event that is EVER going to take place after His Second Coming and after Resurrection will be the ASCENSION of our Lord Jesus with His Saints to the Heavenly Jerusalem prepared by God before creation for those who became worthy.

(Revelation 21:10) “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God”. In the Holy city of Jerusalem, there is going to be no need for the presence of a sun and there is going to be no need for a Church for Lord Jesus (God Logos) will be eternally present as Height Priest and a King in the order of Melxisedec. Divine Liturgy (and Divine Thanks) as delivered by the Apostles will be a part of the lives of the Saints just like it has been a part of their lives always. The Saints who became “gods by the Grace of God” with live along with Lord Jesus who is God by nature in a relationship that is best described as one of a royal FAMILY.

(Luke 22:30) “That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel”.

A Word About Church History   [the Church as described in Ephesians 4, 5 cannot possibly be more than ONE Church! “One Church One Faith One Baptism]”

Scholars estimate there are over 2600 groups today who lay claim to being the Church, or at least the direct descendants of the Church described in the New Testament. Repeat: 2600! But for the first thousand years of her history the Church was essentially one. Five historic Patriarchal centers Jerusalem; Antioch, Rome, Alexandria, and Constantinople formed a cohesive whole and were in full communion with each other. There were occasional heretical or schismatic groups going their own way, to be sure; but the Church was unified until the 11th century. Then, in events culminating in A.D.1054, the Roman Patriarch pulled away from the other four, pursuing his long-developing claim of universal headship of the Church in violation of [Ephesians 4:5] that specifically points out ONE CHURCH for the Salvation of man. Today, nearly a thousand years later, the other four Patriarchates remain intact, in full communion, maintaining that the Greek Orthodox apostolic faith of the inspired New Testament record which is the Orthodox Church and her history as described herein, from Pentecost to the present day.

Colombo did not discover America

The ancient Christian Church of the Apostles was present in America 1000 years before Colombo “discovered” her!

http://orthodoxinfo.com/general/connecticuts-5th-century-church.pdf

CBS TV -60 Minutes- went to Mount Athos Thessalonica. See what they have discovered

 

Mount Sinai where Moses got the Ten Commandments is an Greek Orthodox Monastery

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Catherine%27s_Monastery

The cave of the Apocalypse (Orthodox Divine Liturgy takes place there twice a day)!

 

His Church is His Divine Body and not an organization. In [A Colossians 1:18] we read that “He is the source” of His body meaning that after UNION with Him (God Logos) at Baptism being High Priest is the reason everything promised in the Holy Bible (Salvation/theosis) can come true.

[Α Colossians 1:18] “He is the head of his body, the Church; He is the source of the body’s life”.

http://eusebiosvittis.pblogs.gr/h-ekklhsia-swma-hristoy-patros-efsebioy.html

The word Ekklisia (Church) is found in the original Greek scripts of the Holy Bible 105 times!

Lord Jesus did not come to teach philosophically but THERAPEUTICALLY (to cure man from sin)

http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2013/03/the-foundations-of-orthodox.html

God bless,                                                                                                                                                      Your friend and servant

Constantinos James Wiliams

Death, and near death experiences.

tunel light.jpg                                                   Death and near death experiences are entirely two different experiences because in ‘near death’ a person experiences an ‘out of the body experience’ that does not represent real death. The devil who is still the “prince” of this world [John 12:31] at the moment of the exit of the soul appears as Jesus or an angel of love [2 Cor 11:14] or a tunnel of light in order to convince men and women that there is NOTHING TO CHANGE in their relationship with God in case the soul returns to the body. The devil does this by appearing as a Lord who is kind and a compassionate that does not take in account of the way we have lived or of our deeds.

The personal experience of Crystal McVea “Waking Up In Heaven ” describes a personal experience of a careless god which is very similar with a lot of other NDE experiences.                                                                                                                                               Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGw0MPa3dpY Video

In [2 Cor 11:14] we are informed that Satan is able at any time to transform into an angel of light “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light”

Mickey Robinson who is a sky diver who went through a near death experience describes first of a horrible void (Hades). He continues by saying “you wouldn’t want any human being ever to get trapped in this. Then he is remarking of the fact that he is standing in the presence of God! He describes God as a river of golden light. He continues in saying that “this being is going to take care of him for eternity”.

Mickey Robinson Testimony (Death Experience)                                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kt-R4uUTPaA

Life after death experiences all have in common the presence of bright tunnels or kind companionate angels who allow a person to believe they are Jesus or rivers of gold till the soul crosses the line of no return! He goes on talking about Gods love and majesty however it is not possible for anyone to be in the presence of God (Divine Light) without the therapy as provided by the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost and live! [Exodus 33:20] “And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

Lazarus the resurrected friend of Lord Jesus whose body started to show signs of decay after four days of death was a Cyprus Bishop here (the second Christian Church ever created by the Apostles) for 30 years after leaving Jerusalem, and he was known to sometimes spit on the ground and never ever smile.

Lazarus a Bishop of the Church of Cyprus                                                                                                                                              http://www.sacred-destinations.com/cyprus/larnaca-ayios-lazaros

He was the only person known in the history of man who was “resurrected” after being dead for four days who can actually tell us about the ~HORRIBLE after death conditions~ known as Hades.

Lazarus the boyhood friend of Lord Jesus died the first time before His ascension and the creation of His Church he went to horrible Hades like everybody else because there was NO CHURCH, NO PARTAKE with God through BAPTISM, no Christian life and a spiritual relationship with Lord Jesus that SAVES!

The rules (canons) that would serve man for the Salvation from Sin were delivered by the Holy Spirit ~ONCE AND FOR ALL TIMES~ the day of Pentecost.

Cannons of the Apostles                http://www.holytrinitymission.org/books/english/cannons_apostles_rudder.htm

These Holy Apostolic Cannons that establish our Lords presence in His Church as High Priest and Mediator to His Father for each and everyone of us ensure mans 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

Any deviation or self-improvisation to the Will of God as to the Salvation of man is disobedience it …IS A SIN. In the year 1054 AC during the schism of the ONE Church that was in violation of [Ephesians 4:5] “One Lord, one faith, one baptism”, those in disobedience kept the Holy Bible and “turn their back” to the very Church (Holy Tradition) that wrote it! It is not possible for Lord Jesus to be High priest and Mediator to his Father for the Salvation of man to new founded Christian organizations after the schism in violation of his own canons! The word Church (Ecclesia) can be found in the Holy Bible 104 times! Most of the Apostles (Lazarus to) became Bishops in His Church in order to serve Him as His priests after He had ascended to His Father.

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

The Heavenly Kingdom and Hell:                                                                                                           The Heavenly Kingdom and Hell are not present yet. Heavenly Kingdom and Hell will come in to being after His Second Coming at which time man will acquire bodily senses for he will become once more body and soul. He will be able to physically feel then the gifts of Paradise and the Heavenly Kingdom and the sadness of Hell. According to the Holy Fathers after Resurrection and after His Judgment (the rendering of His Justice) there will be an –Ascension by Lord Jesus and His Saints – into the Heavenly Kingdom (as described in Apocalypses) where Lord Jesus will eternally be High Priest and a King for all for all time to come. [Hebrews 5:6] “As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisede”.

In the Heavenly Kingdom the city as described in Revelation 21:2 will live the Godman Lord Jesus who is a ~God by nature~ (God Logos), and all of His Saints who were united with Him and enabled their selves becoming “gods by the grace of God “otherwise known as Holy .

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”.

Yes my beloved brothers and sisters, the Hebrew man named Jesus who walked the earth 2000 years ago, was no more, no less, God Creator His Self!

Understanding the Orthodox Christian Faith (the Faith of the Apostles)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxdbE7033Ho