Monday, April 30, 2007

Light, Life, Love...and the Third World War

J.M.J. + O.B.T.

Dear Internet readers:

It is a sad and troubling reality that there are so few permanent bonds in the Western world these days that discussion and appreciation of our permanent and necessary bond with our Creator God and His good creation is shunted and/or largely ignored.

Just a simple GOOGLE search on these three terms

"Light, life, love"

will show you the truth of how evil is at work corrupting
the Truth of our God's "Triple Cord"reality,

His Divine Energies

Light, Life and Love

God's "three haloed words"

They are not Gnostic!
They are not esoteric!
They are not New Age!
They are not neo-pagan!
They are not Masonic!

No, they are fully Roman Catholic!

We have become time oriented creatures of habit. We have become unreasoning addicts of the junk food, the junk entertainment and the junk philosophy that permiates our culture.

We live in a divorced culture that seeks to reconnect with the rock solid foundation of understanding TRUTH that is a person, Our Lord Jesus Christ, who so loved the world that he offered Himself to the Father in atonement for our sins and for our very life.


The following may help:

But does science solve our existential problems? In the face of pain, death, anxiety, calamity and war, does science ever get to the heart of the matter? In my opinion, the answer is 'no'. Science may be able to answer the question 'how?', but it can not answer the question 'why?'. The purpose of theology is to answer the second question through faith. Theology, particularly Christian theology, helps us to enrich our everyday life and to learn the value of life.

Theology reminds us that the physical world is imbued with God's energies, and that we are created to live in an intelligent relationship with the divine and with our fellow human beings, our neighbours. As His All-Holiness Patriarch Vartholomaeos said in a lecture to the London School of Economics a week ago, 'God is communion, koinonia'. And a little later he went on, 'Every form of community - the workplace, the school, the city, the nation, even the European Union - has as its vocation to become in its own way, a living icon of the Trinity'. Ultimately, theology teaches us to see the divine in the natural world. And uniquely, theology gives us the assurance and the hope that our life is more than finite, more than the pains and pleasures of this world. Theology is no less necessary for human life than science, and I believe it will continue to be of equal importance in times to come. Scientists must free themselves from what St Paul calls 'the folly of the wisdom of this world' [cf. 1 Corinthians 1 :20-24.] and from that of the secular culture of today, and humble themselves in order to see their work and their labours through the eyes of devout believers throughout the centuries. Many of them have served in the field of theology, but many also have devoted themselves to science, without compromising their faith in God, who endows us with knowledge in order that we may understand the world around us. But God also gives us the vision with which to approach the mystery of Divinity and, like the mystics, to experience his presence, as did Moses and Elias, and all those who, in the words of Gregory of Nyssa, enter the darkness, where God dwells in unapproachable Light. [De Vita Mosis, 2:164. 1 Tim. 6:16.]

The above is the text of a lecture delivered by His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira at the lan Ramsey Centre (Theology) in Oxford on 10th November 2005. And first publish in ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞ ΟΣΚΗΡΥΞ (ORTHODOX HERALD), November - December, Number 206-207, 2005.

"…arc lights pale and ineffectual
in the bright light of everlasting truth."
-Malcolm Muggeridge, 1968

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ!
See you on the High Ground!

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