This essay was written for an unbeliever, with a secular and technical education, who knows almost nothing about Christianity and Orthodoxy. It explains the very essence of the faith, from the everyday and practical point of view.
1. Good and Evil [23апр13]
Goodness (a noun, also a Good Action) is a constructive action, word or thought, and evil is a destructive one. It is necessary to form (educate) an honest and a decent person, a good family man, an employee and a member of a society. The consequence of goodness and evil is obvious: goodness creates, evil destroys; goodness loves, evil hates; goodness helps, evil drowns; goodness wins with kindness, evil with force; goodness is joyful, evil is hateful; goodness is beautiful, evil is ugly; goodness is peaceful, evil is hostile; goodness is calmness, evil is irritation; goodness is peace loving, evil is agressive; goodness is forgiving, evil is vindictive; goodness is holy, evil is offensive.
2. Three Dimensions of a Man. [23апр13]
Psychology and other secular subjects see man in two dimensions: physical (body) and mental (mind). Christianity sees also a third dimension - the spirit (good and evil in a man). Therefore, the vision and understanding of man in Christianity, and especially in Orthodoxy, is fuller and deeper than in the secular sciences.
3. A Teacher, a Mentor and a Clinic [23апр13]
The Orthodox Church firstly teaches us the following: what is goodness, and what is evil; what is good, and what is bad, what is a virtue, and what is a sin; and then cultivates these qualities in us. Therefore, the Orthodox Church is a Teacher, a Mentor and a Clinic.
4. Consequences [23апр13]
Orthodoxy teaches us to see the consequences of our actions. It opens up the spiritual world of good and evil, and their consequences in every moment of the life. Man clearly sees his actions, as well as the actions of other people and their consequences.
5. Psychotherapy [23апр13]
Since all of the above mentioned qualities are components of a healthy individual, from the point of view of psychology, physiology, and spiritual life, then ultimately one of the components of Orthodox Christianity is Psychotherapy. Therefore, many programs for the treatment of alcoholism, drug addiction and other dependencies include elements of Orthodoxy. [See link below to Metropolitan Hierotheos Nafpaktos (Vlachos)].
6. Being "Together" [23апр13]
The Orthodox person, church-going and living by Orthodox teaching, gradually corrects his inner world and coordinates it with the teaching of the Gospels. Such a person is "together" (collected), his behavior is predictable. One can trust him, he is honest, he will not lie, he will not betray, etc. Such a person, if he makes a mistake, will try to correct it. Unlike a person who does not follow Orthodox teaching, who can act well, but who can also, without any shame, act badly, i.e. sin. He does not have an accurate guide, which is given by attending church.
7. Other Christian Religions [23апр13]
Other Christian religions have the same origin as Orthodoxy, but they more or less moved away from the core teaching of healing a man, and therefore do not have the fullness of the teaching, which is found in Orthodoxy.
8. Non-Christian Religions [23апр13]
It is in human nature to believe in God, and this is why there has been no civilization on Earth which did not believe in some kind of god. God has always been a higher power to whom people prayed and made sacrifices, sometimes human. Christianity, is the faith in the true God, the God of justice, truth and love, which in addition to a prayer, teaches how to live and in this manner opens the way to a healthy and fulfilling life on earth, and this tells us of its divine origin.
• Жизнь по добру - одна из основ христианства (ДД-01)
• Православная вера воспитала русского человека (ДД-02)
• Искусство жить и наука о добре и зле [ДД-26(14)]
• Воспитание разума (Патриарх Кирилл) (ДД-64.8рар) (Russian-English text)
• Православная психотерапия, святоотеческий курс врачевания души [Митрополит Иерофей Влахос. Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos] http://st-jhouse.narod.ru/biblio/psychology/vlhs_0.htm
• Библия Ветхий Завет Новый Завет
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