Personally, I find the Byzantine Orthodox Church so confusing and there are so many versions of Orthodoxy. It is a fact, any pseudo Christian can find a place in them. A place that is eminently suitable for their beliefs. They have no cohesive, central theological Magisterium with the authority to correct many of the very modern thoughts to which they prescribe. On the surface that might seem an oxymoronic statement, yet consider this the modern world wants birth control, many of the orthodox churches allow it. The world wants divorce many of the Byzantine church allow it, up to three times in some. Some do not believe in original sin, some do. Some orthodox bishops believe that the Theotokos is a sinful woman like the rest of us, but revere her as the Mother of God. I cannot see as my wife pointed out to byzantiner one day to ask, “Would God really put His Seed in a dirty cup”? Or as I asked another, “If there is no original sin then tell me the world outside this window is the garden of Eden”.
Then there is the Toll gate theology, where we in our spiritual travels and depending on whom you speak these travels take place in this world and to others in the next. Somehow we pay a fine to either earthly spirits or to others we pay tolls to spirits of some kind to proceed further down the road to heaven. Or as an Archbishop told me we get holier in heaven and grow closer to God. Sort out that rubbish for yourselves, for I can’t
It is most amazing that the Apostles readily accepted the newly renamed Peter as the elder brother that replaced or was the heir to the headship of Christ on earth and yet the modern thinkers in the fallen apostles in the Orthodox cannot. Many in the Orthodox Church accept the Government head of the Nation wherever he lives as over the position of the head of their Patriarch. They accept St John Chrysostom and Anastasias but do not and at this time dance eagerly away from the subject of whom both Bishops appealed to have their diocese returned to them. They cannot accept, it was a majority of Byzantine eastern bishops under their elder brother of Rome, who gave the world the Latin Vulgate.
I could go on but why beat a downed, wounded dog with a stick
Labels: Byzantine, Chtysostom, Latin Vulgate, Magisterium, Theotokos, toll house