evergod:

Cathedral, Salamanca

King of Kings, Lord of Lords

evergod:

Cathedral, Salamanca

King of Kings, Lord of Lords

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Exactly how unconditional is unconditional? Surely we must respond to God’s love, must we not? Love must be freely accepted if a free and mutual relationship is to be established, right? For Orthodox, Catholics, and Arminian Protestants, the freedom of the human person to accept or reject God is decisive and ultimate. In the words of Paul Evdokimov: “God can do everything, except constrain us to love him.” It would appear, then, that here we have finally reached a limit, an authentic salvific proviso. How can the risen Jesus promise us that we are destined for his kingdom, when we are free to reject him? Given human freedom, the “gospel” can only, therefore, be a qualified promise. To each gospel announcement we need to append the clause “… if you believe, repent, and persevere.” Hence it’s not really really good news at all. In the final analysis the “gospel” thus is sheer obligation and demand. God has done his part; now it’s up to us to do ours. The burden of our ultimate salvation rests fully upon our shoulders: if we want to be saved, we must repent of our sins, ask God to forgive us, love him in return, commit ourselves to ascetical discipline, follow the moral precepts, and not be caught dead in mortal sin.

It is descriptively true that together faith, repentance, love, sanctity form the one essential condition for salvific communion with the Holy Trinity. We must be made fit for heaven. But consider how this will inevitably be heard by our congregations if we preach this condition as the evangel of the resurrection—gospel becomes law! As we have seen, nomistic preaching of this kind only reinforces the power of “the law of sin and death” over our people and ourselves. Yet preachers do it all the time, and then they wonder why their sermons bear so little spiritual fruit.

— Father Aidan Kimel
assyrian-prince:

Holy Women at the Tomb.
Syriac Gospel Lectionary, Northern Iraq.
1216–20.


"Why do you seek the living amongst the dead?"

assyrian-prince:

Holy Women at the Tomb.

Syriac Gospel Lectionary, Northern Iraq.

1216–20.

"Why do you seek the living amongst the dead?"

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Christ have mercy on me.

Christ have mercy on me.

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jellyfishandpug:

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redphilistine:

Republican Senator Ted Cruz speaking at a conference of Middle Eastern Christians claimed that that “Middle Eastern Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” The audience booed him for this lie, and in response, he accused them of being filled with hate and ran off the stage, saying, “If you don’t stand with Israel, then I can’t stand with you.”

For anyone wondering if white people, and white Christians in particular, care about Middle Eastern Christians, here is your answer. Ted Cruz very explicitly stated that our communities will receive his support only when we become zionists, and you can bet that this is the view of the rest of the DC elite as well. What this means is that the plight of Christians in Iraq or elsewhere matters only insofar as they serve U.S. and Israeli interests.

These people are not our allies, they are our enemies.

[source] h/t tothebatfax 

Can we talk about the comments on this video really quick? Like holy shit. Talk about White Evangelical complacency. All of the so-called “Christian” commenters are demanding that these “Arabs”, BECAUSE OF THEIR CONDEMNATION OF ISRAEL AND THE ZIONIST IDEOLOGY AND -REGARDLESS OF THEIR CHRISTIAN FAITH-, be sent to ISIS to suffer in their hands “as they should.” These ugly fucks immediately flick a switch and remove their ن profile pictures as soon as a word is spoken against Israel.

Let’s be very clear from now on; any discourse regarding the suffering of MENA Christians should take into account that the lack of action taken to remedy their troubles is the result of their RACE. We’re too BROWN for them. We don’t epitomize WESTERN CHRISTIANITY. We don’t identify with PATRIOTIC AMERICA. Our faith isn’t enough. Our ancient heritage isn’t enough. Our humanity isn’t enough. Fuck that. We don’t matter to them until we prove that we’re white enough.

…ألحق ألحق أقول لكم

..this commentary should be mandatory to read and understand for all non-Middle Eastern Christians who claim to be doing good by the native Christians of the MENA region!. (It’s a bit awkward for me personally to agree so much with this, y’know, since I’m white as the marshmallow guy from Ghostbusters, but truth is truth no matter what. If I had a dime for every time a WASP-y Christian said some head-explodingly ignorant and racist nonsense to me about “Middle Eastern” people, not knowing that I am Coptic Orthodox, I could pay off my student loans and live as a millionaire on some island as far away from the Ted Cruzes of the world as is humanly possible…and watching that video makes me want to do just that. But of course there are ideologies at play here that are much bigger than any one person…)

It is not even debatable that the lack of caring about Middle Eastern/North African Christians on the part of white American Evangelicals and other Protestants (and even some Catholics and converts to the Byzantine church who I have personally known; that one’s a head-scratcher, for sure) is rooted in racism. Because no matter how much you remind people that there is neither Jew nor Greek, and that Jesus Christ himself probably looked a lot more like Osama Bin Laden than freaking Max Von Sydow (yeah, yeah…send your complaints to my inbox so that I can laugh at them before deleting them), that will never undo the terrible crime of not “standing with Israel” (whatever the hell that even means). And in that, the Christians are conflated with a general “over there, in dirty brown people lands” population that is generically Arab, always irrational, and gripped by blind anti-Semitism (which, by the way, ARABS ARE SEMITES. ASSYRIANS ARE ALSO SEMITES. SO ARE LOTS OF ETHIOPIANS. LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE SEMITES AND NOT JEWS. JEWS DON’T HAVE A MONOPOLY ON BEING SEMITES. SORRY TO YELL, BUT DAMN, READ A F***ING BOOK, YOU IDIOTS) and religious hatred. I’ve always thought of this way of looking at the Middle East as the mirror image of the Islamist terrorist’s treating indigenous Christians as “half-Westerners” no matter what their real history is. All extremists of any kind need ‘the other’ as a metaphysical, not particular, enemy so that they can measure whether or not their “side” is winning. Except in the case of Israel-Palestine (okay, and Syria, and Iraq, and Libya, and…),the Western Christian, because of his inability and unwillingness to sympathize with Christians who are so different than he is (they are the other to him: brown, speaking that funny talk, going to crazy icon-worshiping voodoo-churches, etc.), actually ends up supporting the side that is oppressing Christians. And, as you can see in the video, he’s happy about it, and cannot imagine why the indigenous Middle Eastern Christian won’t “stand with Israel”. They would if they knew what was good for them, don’tcha know.

The question of why indigenous Christians should “stand with” people who are standing on them is not admitted. He’s “saddened” by the reality of his dispensationalist bullshit not being uncritically accepted as it is in his own Evangelical Church of St. Miracle Whip (I’m kidding, of course…these people don’t have saints…soli Deo gloria, remember?), so he interprets the native Christians’ not wanting to die or be dispossessed of their land and home as “hatred”. And what else would you expect from such savage brown people, right? It’s a pity they can’t just be minted new Evangelicals, with all the right manners and politics to become honorary whities…Elias turns into Edward so easily…but you know how “those people” are. They can’t be reasoned with. Best to leave them to their own devices, i.e., to be genocidally murdered by terrorist groups which our lousy pro-Israel, pro- ‘rebel’, pro-everything that is ruining the Middle East and will backfire again in a big way on the West policies have created and funded. Am Israel Chai!

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Jesus is our primary witness to the primacy of the personal: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10) - not bare survival rations but extravagance, ‘perisson’. Jesus is our primary revelation that God is personal, extravagantly personal. When we deal with God, we are not dealing with a spiritual principle, a religious idea, an ethical cause, or a mystical feeling. We are dealing personally with Jesus, who is dealing personally with us. Everything we know about God we know through and by means of Jesus. — Eugene Peterson (via contrariansoul)

globalchristendom:

The tattooing of crosses on the arms and wrists is a common Coptic Orthodox practice. (Photographers: Ben Curtis - Associated Press; Lauren E Bohn - Global Post; Rachel Beth Anderson; Reza Estakhrian - Webistan; Ali Garboussi - al-Akhbar; Abbas - Magnum Photos)

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