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Τετάρτη, 3 Οκτωβρίου 2018

Our utilitarian (transactional) relationship with god


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ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH


Many times, our relationship with God, talking about us orthodox Christians, is not at all a loving one; it is kind of a transactional, a utilitarian relationship. In this relationship we actually use God, in order for us to have a good time here on earth, and it has become similar to the relationship believers of other religions have with their so-called gods (e.g. the demons).
These other believers say to themselves: “I’ll go to my Hindu priest, my yogi etc., I will give him some money, fruits etc., I will offer my sacrifice and he will read a special “prayer” in return, so things will finally go well for me in life, so I suppose, and I will not get any diseases, my harvest will go well, my car will stay in perfect condition, my investments in the stock-exchange market will eventually grow, and I will even find a good groom for my daughter! etc.
This is not a joke! It is very sad, but this is how we, orthodox Christians, behave many times towards our God and Lord, Jesus Christ. An example that shows our high degree of ignorance and alienation to God is the following: We go to our priest and say:
Fr. So and So, please come to my place and offer the Mystery of Holy Unction (or the Mystery of Holy Water) for me.”
Why should I do them for you, my child?” asks the priest.
Well…for the good of it.”
Which “good”? Do we know what “good” is?

The question is and should always be “Why do we conduct the Mystery of Holy Unction?”
Holy Unction is a special Mystery of our Church that is offered for the healing of the soul and body of ill persons. It is indispensably connected with Confession and Repentance. How do we expect from God to come and heal us, when we do not want to have a true, healthy relationship with Him, when we don’t love Him, when we do not repent, when we do not change the way we live? What do we want the Holy Unction for? Many say they want it just for the good, for a blessing… to come to terms with God, and, this way, they degrade the Mystery of Holy Unction by turning it into an act of magic!
How can you reconcile with God, if you don’t repent, if you don’t ask for forgiveness for all the bad things you have done? How will you restore your communion with God? Do you think that God is an angry and revenge-seeking Being with a policeman-attitude, and needs to be appeased this way? No. This is an absolute misconception about God. Why? Because God does not need to be appeased; He always loves us… whether we are sinners, righteous, or even when we are in Hell, even then, He loves us! Even when we become demonized (due to our severe sins), even then He loves us all the same. He even loves those very demons… He loves everyone!
Just keep in mind, God never changes. WE are the ones who ought to change, to repent and return to God, so He can come and do His work inside us.
When we sin, we build a “wall” around us, so God’s love, Energy and Grace cannot pass through (can, but He respects our free will), they cannot reach our soul and heal us, make us healthy again! This is when we become really sad. If we do not break down this wall with our repentance, and we may use as many “magic tricks” as we wish, we cannot be in communion with God; nothing really happens!

Conclusion: according to the Western theology, and unfortunately according to our twisted orthodox one as well, when we are “good boys and girls” God loves us!

f. Savvas Agioreitis

To be continued...

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