It came to pass, when the days were near for him to be taken up, that he resolutely set his face to go to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. They went and entered into a village of the Samaritans in order to make preparation for him. But the people did not receive him because he was heading for Jerusalem. When his disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from heaven and destroy them, just as Elias (Elijah) did?” But Jesus turned around and rebuked them: “You do not know of what kind of spirit you are. The Son of Man did not come to destroy people’s lives but to save them.” And they went on to another village.
By Jesus Christ (Luke 9:51-56, Eastern Orthodox Bible)
Do not judge in order not to be judged. For in the same way that you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure that you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in someone else’s eye but do not consider the beam that is in your own eye? How can you tell someone, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye;’ and behold, there is a beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First, remove the beam out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly [so as] to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye. Do not give what is holy to the dogs and do not throw your pearls before pigs, for fear that they might trample them under their feet, and then turn [against you] and tear you to pieces.
By Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:1-6, Eastern Orthodox Bible)
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
By St. Paul (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
The Bible isn’t an answer book. It isn’t a self-help manual. It isn’t a flat, perspicuous list of rules and regulations that we can interpret objectively and apply unilaterally to our lives. The Bible is a sacred collection of letters and laws, poetry and proverbs, philosophy and prophecies, written and assembled over thousands of years in cultures and contexts very different from our own, that tells the complex, ever-unfolding story of God’s interaction with humanity.
By Evans, Rachel Held (2012-10-30). A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master” (p. 294). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition. (via sjmawer)
The New Testament of the eastern orthodox Bible is finally finished. The Old Testament and the Psalter still in development. Here’s a link to the Eastern Orthodox Bible app made by the same people who translated the book. It’s only $2.99. I got it and it’s great.
They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head: my enemies that persecute me unrighteously are strengthened: then I restored that which I took not away.
By King David (Psalm 64:4 LXX)
Why are you focusing so much on the Old Testament if you are exploring Christianity? That is like arguing with an algebra problem before you even have worked out the proper solution! Perhaps you’d be better to read the Gospels and the Epistles where our Fathers EXPLAIN the Old Testament, and then you will have a more proper foundation to understand what you are reading? Better yet, how about you seek to cultivate a relationship with God directly through prayer, and then let the books sort themselves out later? If you are trying to find God exclusively through the content of religious literature, you won’t find Him. Look for Him more directly, if you must read the texts, read them as a kind of prayer book or guided meditation, less a fact check.
By Habte Selassie