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    From #deathtotheworld zine vol 2. 
In the world today we are taught to love our neighbors. Through this “unconditional” love and acceptance we are to attain a peaceful existence. The only problem is that we are not actually taught to love with our hearts, but we are taught a more contrived form of love, one based solely on outward interaction and acceptance. This is enforced and regulated form of love, is not a path towards true love, but one which only strips the soul dry of all depth and life.
The acceptance taught in today’s society does not treat any culture fairly, but reduces it to a packaged philosophy that can be analyzed and set aside. This “intellectual” way of approaching a culture from its outward practices solely, only serves one true purpose (whether intentional or unintentional), and that is to destroy belief in the culture, and consequently all reasons for practicing the culture.
The true message in acceptance is to “accept all cultures but embrace none.” This view is said to be the means for bringing about “world peace”, but when world peace is brought about by making us devoid of depth, is it really worth it? We would be living in a world where we could accept all outward differences, but only because we would be clones on the inside. Our souls would be all alike, completely empty and ignored. Is this teaching truly promoting diversity, or only destroying it?
We see the product of this around us every day in the cultureless society of America, where the only motivations for most are money, self glorification, and other temporary pleasures that help distract from the painful realization that we are (despite the physical attempts to prove otherwise) unhappy inside. This is the society I fled when I looked to the punks for an answer, and this is the “society” I destroyed in my heart when I looked to Jesus Christ and found the answer. In Christ I found out that I didn’t have to live like that. I no longer had to hide the pain, or even complain about it, for I now had a direct means to do away with it.
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    From #deathtotheworld zine vol 2.
    In the world today we are taught to love our neighbors. Through this “unconditional” love and acceptance we are to attain a peaceful existence. The only problem is that we are not actually taught to love with our hearts, but we are taught a more contrived form of love, one based solely on outward interaction and acceptance. This is enforced and regulated form of love, is not a path towards true love, but one which only strips the soul dry of all depth and life.
    The acceptance taught in today’s society does not treat any culture fairly, but reduces it to a packaged philosophy that can be analyzed and set aside. This “intellectual” way of approaching a culture from its outward practices solely, only serves one true purpose (whether intentional or unintentional), and that is to destroy belief in the culture, and consequently all reasons for practicing the culture.
    The true message in acceptance is to “accept all cultures but embrace none.” This view is said to be the means for bringing about “world peace”, but when world peace is brought about by making us devoid of depth, is it really worth it? We would be living in a world where we could accept all outward differences, but only because we would be clones on the inside. Our souls would be all alike, completely empty and ignored. Is this teaching truly promoting diversity, or only destroying it?
    We see the product of this around us every day in the cultureless society of America, where the only motivations for most are money, self glorification, and other temporary pleasures that help distract from the painful realization that we are (despite the physical attempts to prove otherwise) unhappy inside. This is the society I fled when I looked to the punks for an answer, and this is the “society” I destroyed in my heart when I looked to Jesus Christ and found the answer. In Christ I found out that I didn’t have to live like that. I no longer had to hide the pain, or even complain about it, for I now had a direct means to do away with it.
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    9 2 17 July, 2019
    The devil approaches the God-man with temptations.
Who among men is free of them?
He who goes according to the will of the evil one does not experience attacks, but is simply turned more and more toward evil. As soon as one begins to come to himself and intends to begin a new life according to God’s will, immediately the entire satanic realm enters into action: they hasten to scatter good thoughts and the intentions of the repentant one in any way they can.
If they do not manage to turn him aside, they attempt to hinder his good repentance and confession; if they do not manage to do that, they contrive to sow tares amidst the fruits of repentance and disrupt his labors of cleansing the heart.
If they do not succeed in suggesting evil they attempt to distort the truth; if they are repulsed inwardly they attack outwardly, and so on until the end of one’s life. They do not even let one die in peace; even after death they pursue the soul, until it escapes the aerial space where they hover and congregate.
You ask, “What should we do? It is hopeless and terrifying!”
For a believer there is nothing terrifying here, because near a God-fearing man demons only busy themselves, but they do not have any power over him. A sober man of prayer shoots arrows against them, and they stay far away from him, not daring to approach, and fearing the defeat which they have already experienced.
If they succeed in something, it is due to our blundering. We slacken our attention, or allow ourselves to be distracted by their phantoms, and they immediately come and disturb us more boldly.
If you do not come to your senses in time they will whirl you about; but if a soul does come to its senses they again recoil and spy from afar to see whether it is possible to approach again somehow.
So be sober, watch, and pray—and the enemies will do nothing to you + St. Theophan the Recluse
#church #christ #bible #orthodox #christianity  #churchfathers #orthodoxchristian
#faith #love #theophantherecluse

    The devil approaches the God-man with temptations.
    Who among men is free of them?
    He who goes according to the will of the evil one does not experience attacks, but is simply turned more and more toward evil. As soon as one begins to come to himself and intends to begin a new life according to God’s will, immediately the entire satanic realm enters into action: they hasten to scatter good thoughts and the intentions of the repentant one in any way they can.
    If they do not manage to turn him aside, they attempt to hinder his good repentance and confession; if they do not manage to do that, they contrive to sow tares amidst the fruits of repentance and disrupt his labors of cleansing the heart.
    If they do not succeed in suggesting evil they attempt to distort the truth; if they are repulsed inwardly they attack outwardly, and so on until the end of one’s life. They do not even let one die in peace; even after death they pursue the soul, until it escapes the aerial space where they hover and congregate.
    You ask, “What should we do? It is hopeless and terrifying!”
    For a believer there is nothing terrifying here, because near a God-fearing man demons only busy themselves, but they do not have any power over him. A sober man of prayer shoots arrows against them, and they stay far away from him, not daring to approach, and fearing the defeat which they have already experienced.
    If they succeed in something, it is due to our blundering. We slacken our attention, or allow ourselves to be distracted by their phantoms, and they immediately come and disturb us more boldly.
    If you do not come to your senses in time they will whirl you about; but if a soul does come to its senses they again recoil and spy from afar to see whether it is possible to approach again somehow.
    So be sober, watch, and pray—and the enemies will do nothing to you + St. Theophan the Recluse
    #church #christ #bible #orthodox #christianity #churchfathers #orthodoxchristian
    #faith #love #theophantherecluse

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