For example: we may be discussing the hows, whys or wherefors of spiritual ascesis (prayer, fasting, spiritual reading & etc…), but that does not automatically mean that the Church does not believe or teach that spiritual ascesis is done without the Grace of God.
We may speak of true Anthropology, but that in no way negates Christology. We may speak of the Divine Essence & Divine Energies, but that does not automatically mean that we conceive of God as not being “personal” or in relationship with His Children.
We may speak of repentance, humility, Confession, particular judgment, Final judgment & hell, but this does not negate “God is a good God who lovest mankind.”
Bad anthropology means bad Christology means bad Eschatologoy means bad….bad…bad…until little errors become heinous heresy.
We are not Westerners which has systematized theology into discrete & concrete “chunks” of theology as if those “chunks” have no bearing on the rest of theology.
No, we are Eastern Orthodox & our theology remains a dogmatic & integrated whole…the Truth which is nothing & no one else other than God—Father, Son & Holy Spirit—who has revealed, is revealing & will continue to reveal Himself to us."
— Rhonda Dodson (via christianwritings)
- Martin Luther: He that goes from the gospel to the law, thinking to be saved by good works, falls as uneasily as he who falls from the true service of God to idolatry; for, without Christ, all is idolatry and fictitious imagining of God, whether of the Turkish Koran, of the pope's decrees, or Moses' law. The Gospel preaches nothing of the merit of works; he that says the Gospel requires works for salvation, I say, flat and plain, is a liar. Nothing that is properly good proceeds out of works of the law, unless grace be present; for what we are forced to do, goes not from the heart, nor is acceptable. But a true Christian says: I am justified and saved only by faith in Christ, without any works or merits of my own...
- Jesus: When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’ Then he will say to those at his left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?’ Then he will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.’ And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.