Another convert sign is the dogmatization of details. Thus, for a few converts the Six Days of Creation must be interpreted literally as six 24-hour periods, otherwise their faith is worthless. And yet the Church has never set such literalism as dogma. Six days may indeed mean six 24-hour periods, but we should not be ignorant of other interpretations or, above all, that most of the Church Fathers are completely silent on the subject because it is so unimportant – the salvation of our souls does not depend on such details.
For (alas) many priests of the Triune God, the Word of God should not have so much importance. May the Lord have mercy on me, because I’m going to lose my patience toward a man so much better than me.
Father Andrew has evidently forgotten what the Scripture says….
It was evening and it was morning, a day!
If someone is willing to call it something different from what is the universal meaning of a day, he is not merely shunning a literal interpretation, he is substituting his fantasies to the Word of God! Fantasies, moreover, that assume the Almighty in need of more time to put something decent together.
If for God a day is a thousand years and a thousand years is a day, that is only for God, Who lives outside time as He Who Is. It’s not so for us, creatures made in time and living in time in a changing world (i.e. a world subject to time), waiting for the new heavens and the new earth. For us a day is a day and a year is a year, and the Scripture with its so precise words was given for us, to make us understand (among all the other things) what a day is, the signs and the seasons, the divine constitutional order of our lives in this world: in six days He created and He rested in the seventh, sanctifying it!
It was evening and it was morning, father Andrew, a day! And those words are repeated in every day of the Creation, every day is defined in such a way: it was evening and it was morning, the second day and the third and the fourth and the fifth and the sixth… You may think that the Word of God was just wasting words here, we poor converts fear to think alike.
This poor convert would also like to remind you that every Christian is a convert, nobody is born Christian! Many have just the good pleasure of the Lord to be born in a Christian land and family and thus get a great help in their conversion by the Grace of the Sacraments and the examples of those around them, but all of them have to turn to Christ, to choose Christ, to convert. All of them, all the time! Therefore, the only difference is in the sincerity of our love for the Lord, a judgement which is very prudent to leave to the Lord Himself, Who alone knows the hearts. We can judge only by the fruits, when they are known. If you want to know the fruits of the wavering of Christians’ faith in the Word of God, just take a look around you.
We poor converts are ignorant of different interpretations of the Genesis account of the creation for a very simple reason: there are none, at the least in the Holy Fathers of the Church, none! And most of the Holy Fathers are silent on the subject just because it was considered obvious, evident, established! Therefore, to say that the Church is silent on this matter is misleading at best.
You may consider the matter unimportant, maybe under an unconscious intimidation facing the mundane powers and their gross, crass lie pompously called science, so obsessively propagandized everywhere, but we poor converts will humbly stand by the Word of God. Indeed, we are sure that our salvation rests on such “details” as confessing God and His Word. Our faith is not so weak to bow to a bunch of professional liars and their fairy tales, we are not so insecure in our faith to doubt between the Word of God (and of the Holy Fathers) and the cackles of His enemies.
And a fig for this world!
The Lord’s Prayer: 66 words.
The Ten Commandments: 170 words.
US Constitution and all 27 Amendments: 7,818 words.
EU Regulations on Sale of Cabbages: 26,911 words.
Among the Church’s feasts, there are three in honor of God’s saint which in their significance stand out from the others devoted to the saints and are numbered among the great feasts of the Church of Christ. These feasts glorify the economy of God for our salvation.
These three feasts are the Nativity of St. John the Forerunner, his Beheading, and the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
The apparition of the holy Archangel Gabriel to the priest Zacharias in the Temple, with the announcement of the birth to him and the righteous Elizabeth, of a son who would prepare the way for the Lord, the Savior of the world, and the subsequent fulfillment of this premise, are the first of the events related by the Evangelists.
The announcement of the holy Archangel Gabriel to Zacharias in the Temple begins the New Testament Gospel. The announcement of the same Archangel Gabriel six months later in Nazareth to the Virgin Mary concerning the birth from Her of the Son of God, Who was to become incarnate, is a continuation of the revelation of the Pre-eternal Counsel concerning the salvation of the human race.
Three months after, the Annunciation, St. John the Forerunner was born “in a city of Judah,” and six months after him Christ Himself was born in Bethlehem.
These events are closely bound together. “The glorious conception of the Forerunner proclaimeth beforehand the King Who is to be born of a Virgin” (Exapostilarion, Sept. 23, Feast of the Conception of John the Baptist). The announcement of the Archangel Gabriel in the Temple, announced later to all living nearby by Zacharias, in the magnificent hymn, which he sang after the birth of the child, John and the restoration to him of the gift of speech (Luke 1:67-79), is the forerunner of the angelic hymn: “Glory to God in the highest;” which was sung in Bethlehem by the angels when they announced to the shepherds the Nativity of Christ.
The Nativity of John the Baptist is the first joy sent down by God to the human race, the beginning of its deliverance from the power of the devil, sin and eternal death.
It is true that even before the Forerunner, the Most Holy Virgin Mary was born, and angels announced Her birth to Her parents. However, at that time, only Her parents knew of the exalted lot that was prepared for the Virgin Who was born, and they themselves were not fully aware of what had been announced to them beforehand. Therefore, it was only they, who celebrated at the birth of their Daughter, while the rest of the world only later understood the joy that had been announced (to it), by this birth.
For this reason, the feasts of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos and Her Entrance into the Temple were established in the Church and began to be solemnly celebrated significantly later than the other great feasts, whereas the Nativity of John the Forerunner is one of the most ancient and most venerated of Christian feasts. Sermons on this feast have been preserved from the first centuries.
From the day of the Nativity of John the Forerunner, the preparation of the human race begins for meeting the Son of God on earth. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for He hath visited and redeemed His people . . . And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Most High: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways (Luke 1:68, 76). These God-inspired words of the priest Zacharias, after he had regained the gift of speech, were made known in all the land of Judea, causing disturbance to all living there, who asked each other in astonishment: What manner of child shall this be? (Luke 1:66).
Involuntarily the thought arose: Is this not the Messiah Himself? Judea was in an especially tense state of expectation of the Savior. Thus, the child John prepared the way for the Lord by his very birth; and even while he was still in the womb of His mother, by his leaping (Luke 1:41) he announced the coming birth of the Child Jesus, as if crying out: “Christ is born, give ye glory. Christ comes from heaven, meet ye Him” (Irmos, Canticle One of the Canon, Feast of the Nativity of Christ).
Being born exactly half a year before Christ, John the Forerunner by the exact time of his birth depicted his mission of preparing the way for the Lord. He was born at the time of the year (June 24) when the day begins to grow shorter after the summer solstice, whereas the Nativity of Christ occurs (December 25) when the day begins to grow longer after the winter solstice. These facts are an embodiment of the words spoken later, by the Forerunner, after the beginning of Christ’s preaching: He must increase, but I must decrease (John 3:30).
“The herald of the Sun, the Forerunner” was John the Baptist, who was like the morning star that announces the rising of the Sun of Righteousness in the East.
Just as the very event of the Nativity of John the Baptist was the antechamber of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, so also the feast of the Nativity of John the Forerunner is also the antechamber of the feast of the Nativity of Christ. “The star of stars, the Forerunner, is born on earth today, from a barren womb, John the beloved of God, and manifests the dawning of Christ, the Orient from on high” (Glory at Lauds, of the Feast, June 24). “The whole creation rejoiceth at thy divine nativity: for thou wast shown forth as an earthly angel, O Forerunner and a heavenly man, proclaiming to us, the God of heaven incarnate” (Cantile Five of the Canon). “O Prophet and Forerunner of the coming of Christ, we who venerate thee with love, are in perplexity how worthily to praise thee; for the barrenness of her who bore thee and the dumbness of thy father are loosed by thy glorious and precious nativity, and the incarnation of the Son of God is preached to the world” (Troparion of the Feast).
“L’animo mi dice che non sono vissuto inutilmente, perché ho fatto del bene ed ho gioito per il bene fatto”.
E noi gioiamo perche’ le puzzole morali e lo stuolo interminabile di sozzura che gli striscia dietro, responsabili della sua persecuzione e di infiniti lutti, continuano a sbattere il grugno contro il suo esempio e la sua opera e la sua eredita’. Sempre piu’ forte!
Tredici anni fa prendeva commiato da questa vita il Professor Luigi Di Bella.
Tra i piu’ grandi dei pochi, veri scienziati del secolo scorso, ideo’ la piu’ efficace cura contro il cancro attualmente disponibile. Ove non contrastata con ogni mezzo a disposizione dai servitori dell’oscuro padrone, avrebbe potuto salvare milioni di vite. Molte migliaia ne ha salvate, o ne ha prolungato considerevolmente la durata, senza sofferenze. Milioni potrebbe ancora salvarne, se i pupazzi delle potenze dell’aria desistessero dal percorrere la strada che li precipitera’ all’inferno.
La sua cura, fondata su una visione olistica e personale del malato, si basa su principi assolutamente naturali (non brevettabili quindi, e questo spiega l’ostracismo assoluto riservatole dai burattini politici delle multinazionali farmaceutiche e dalla Panza accademica). Se adottata dall’amministrazione sanitaria, oltre a curare effettivamente le persone, farebbe risparmiare molte decine di miliardi annualmente alle casse dello Stato, costando solo una frazione dei veleni chemioterapici e permettendo una vita assolutamente normale al malato durante la cura. Invece no, coloro che si sono impadroniti della cassa pubblica continuano pervicacemente a rifiutare il rimborso delle spese della cura a chi vuole intraprenderla (spese comunque pesanti per uno stipendio medio mensile), dopo aver intascato i loro soldi in tasse per tutta la vita, ma sono ben contenti di sborsare venti volte tanto a sindacati criminali farmaceutici stranieri se uno acconsente a farsi avvelenare. In pratica, condannano ad una morte lenta ed atroce milioni di persone ogni anno. Voi continuate pure a credere che il diavolo non esiste!
Il Professor Luigi Di Bella accolse la sua vocazione di medico nel senso del dovere cristiano della misericordia.
Diede, e nulla chiese in cambio.
Sopporto’ la sua passione con l’umilta’ di coloro ai quali appartiene il Regno dei Cieli.
A lui sia Eterna Memoria.