*In our turbulent years, the bloody aftermath of the XX century; militantly atheistic and godless century; the loss of moral and life directions, change in political life, economics, ideology and religion in the East; the Cultural Revolution of 1960s and the loss of moral values in the West; sometimes there are questions, but how should one now live and for what? To this question a brief advice is given below.
The very first thing we have to say, is that the life is the greatest gift from God, and that it is not eternal, and that in the end it will end and we will leave this life. The realization of this fact gives us the right answer, that while we are here, we want to live our lives with dignity and usefully. We do not want to leave our life thinking that we have lived it in vain and did not bring anybody any good, not only we did not do it, but we did a lot of harm. Especially if we have children, since our highs and our lows are transferred to our children, and remain even in genes. And certainly we do not want our mistakes to continue to live in our children, and spread the stench of our sins.
The guide for our life can be the Orthodox faith, which taught and directed all our ancestors, for one thousand years, from 988. All Russian culture, art, history, even our genes, is steeped (impregnated) in Orthodoxy, and it can continue to serve us as a guide and for our salvation. It should be noted that the Orthodox Church is not only a teacher, but she is also a spiritual healer.
Even godless atheist yoke which seized Russia for nearly one hundred years, when they wanted to write a moral guide, wrote "The Moral Code of the Builder of Communism," which was based on Christian commandments and postulates, all except for a belief in God.
• Oh Orthodox Christian! (дд-05) рус-анг анг
*Western civilization is very much different from Russian and exists already several thousands years.
During last 2000 years, Christianity was also its guiding star.
It converted to Christianity by decrees in 313 and 380 years, and slowly rose from the cruel, aggressive and depraved paganism.
Experienced painful emergence of Christianity, the complete destruction by wild German and Norman barbarian marauders, the disintegration of the Empire and feudalism.
During all this time, the Roman Church was the only institution that continued to exist, preserved culture, was de-facto the only civilizied authority, gradually updated and moved the society in the right direction.
Western Europe gradually recovered from the total destruction of Roman Empire and on its ruins again rose a civilization, but in a different configuration. Previously, it was a "Roman Civilization," and now "Romano-Germanic Civilization."
It must be said that the Russians did not go through this horrible and bloody periods of formation of the society and the Church in the West, but received the Orthodox-Christian faith when all arguments in it have been completed, all differences have been resolved and has received an already completed faith that loved every and any person (человеколюбящую).
Below the reader is offered ten steps that will help him to answer the question "how to live and why."
*(2) Do not Lie. Lying is a sin that gradually destroys a sinner, his social environment and the society. On lies one cannot build anything, life, family, or society. Our generation is a witness how an ideology built on lies, ultimately self-destructs.
Before Christianity many philosophers were aware of this fact. Various new civilization passed through several stages: formation, bloom and gradual dying, sometimes because of the false goals. In the Old Testament, the Ancient Hebrew religion, which was ancestor of Christianity, IXth Moses' Commandment says "You shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor" (Exodus 20:20). That is "Do not tell lies about others", one cannot lie, slander, backbite, insinuate a lie, promise and not fulfill, etc. One has to be honest and decent.
*(3) Do good deeds. Be friendly and responsive. Help people. Take care of somebody. Help parents, parents, relatives and homeland. Many treatments of dependence on alcohol, drugs and other "isms" include work with the sick and infirm, etc.
• Гимн малому добру (Арх. Иоанн (Шаховской) (дд-34) рус-анг анг
• Ищите добра (Арх. Иоанн (Шаховской) (дд-34.2р)
• Что вы делаете для возрождения России? (дд-90)
*(4) Observe bodily, mental and spiritual purity. Observe purity of actions, words and thoughts.
Do not arouse yourself with acts, words or thoughts.
Do not tempt yourself and others.
Remember that sacred childbearing organs are not given to us for entertainment.
VIIth Commandment, of the Ten Commandments, was given 3.5 thousand years ago, stated simply, "Do not commit adultery" (i.e. do not cheat). This is mentioned in two places: Exodus 20:14 and Deuteronomy 5:18. According to the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, any movement in the direction of sin is also a sin. Therefore: it is forbidden to break the vow to a spouse and any illegal and impure love. It is necessary to preserve the purity of thoughts and desires. It is needed to avoid everything that can excite impure feelings (in yourself and in others): shameless jokes, pictures, movies, books, songs, dances, clothing.
Violation of this commandment brings many of problems, difficulties, sorrow, sicknesses, divorces, and even murders and suicides. Modern science has found that the human fetus contains the entire DNA (ДНК) necessary for his life, and spiritual fathers have taught for a long time that at the time of conception, the fetus receives a soul.
• Seventh Commandment (дд-08.03) рус-анг анг
• Teaching of Lord Jesus Christ (дд-21.4) рус-анг анг
• Брак и семья. Проф. И.М.Андреев (дд-08.8р)
*(5) Studying the Commandments, and other postulates of the God's Law and living by them. "The Knowledge of God is the most important of all knowledge. It is our first and most important obligation. All scientific human knowledge, if it is not illuminated by the light of the knowledge of God, loses its true meaning, its sense and its purpose. Instead of good, such knowledge brings into the life much evil". This was written, when explaining the Ist Commandment, by the author of a famous textbook "The Law of God for Family and School", Father Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy (дд-55ар).
At this stage one can have morning and an evening prayer rule (*).
• Oh, Orthodox Christian! (дд-05) рус-анг анг
Teaching of Lord Jesus Christ (дд-21.4) рус-анг анг
• Духовное расписание дня (дд-42.3) (*)
• Distance learning: Orthodoxy from zero (рус-анг) (ГЗао-11ЗБра)
*(6) Attending Church, listening and participating in a collective Prayer. Observing religious rules and holidays. Fasting, have confession and a communion.
• Brochure by Greek Orthodox Archimandrite Harlampy Vasilopoulos , "Why are you not in the Church?".
• Divine Liturgy (ДД-10) рус-анг
• Guide for Teaching Liturgy (ДД-10.2ра)
• Divine Liturgy. Full Texts with explanations (ДД-10.4, ЦГ3-1)
• How to behave in a Church (ДД-10.3р) анг
*(7) Correcting oneself. Struggling with bad inclinations (practise, habits). Struggling with pride. Replacing sin with opposite virtue.
• Врачевание души (личности) в Православной Церкви – Аскетика (дд-43)
• Краткая Исп. пред Дух. Подробное объяснение грехов и пороков (дд-47) (свыше 50 стр).
• Short Confession before a Spiritual Father (дд-47.2) (Leaflet) анг
• Guide toe First Confession (дд-47.3) рус-анг анг
*(8) Systematic Study the God's Law. A systematic study of the God's Law, the Gospels, reading spiritual literature, preferably under the guidance of an experienced person. For example: Archpriest Seraphim Slobodskoy; Father Alexander Elchaninov; Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky); Archbishop Averky (Taushev); St. Tihon Zadonsky; St. Feofan the Recluse (Zatvornik); Ignatius Brianchaninov; St. John of Kronstadt; Philokalia; Avva Dorofei; Ladder; Unseen Warfare, etc.
• Gimnazia subjects by grades (II,III,IV,V,VI,VII)
• (II) Life of Lord Jesus Christ (дд-21.1) рус-анг анг • Miracles of Lord Jesus Christ (ДД-21.2) рус-анг анг • Parables of Lord Jesus Christ (ДД-21.3) рус-анг анг • Teaching of Lord Jesus Christ (ДД-21.4) рус-анг анг
• (III) Divine Liturgy (ДД-10) рус-анг • Guide for Teaching Liturgy (ДД-10.2ра) • Divine Liturgy. Full Texts with explanations (ДД-10.4, ЦГ3-1) • How to behave in a Church (ДД-10.3р) анг
• (IV) History of Christian Church. Short Overview (дд-13) рус-анг анг • (V) History of Russian Church. Обзоры (ДД-14) рус-анг анг
• (VI) What is Catechism (дд-09) рус-анг анг
• (VII) Morality (Met.Filaret) (ДД-64.5) анг • Apologetic Notes (ДД-77.4) рус-анг анг
*(9) Systematic study secular subjects which connect with Theology. Fundamentals and reviews of Psychology, Psychology of Adjustment (Personality), Sociology, Philosophy, the works of the Slavophiles, Russian History, Western History, Western Church History, Literature, etc, etc.
*(10) Society in XXI Century. To understand current society, it is necessary to study religions and the various political and social movements with which we meet.
• Religions in the early XXI century (дд-13.8) рус-анг анг
• Apologetics Notes (ДД-77.4) рус-анг анг
If a person obtains all the above mentioned knowledge; learns to be aware of his actions, words and thoughts; lives according to the God's Law; then as it is said in the Gospel* in the "Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew 5-7), he will survive anything; "he did not fall , for it was founded upon a rock" (Matthew 7:24-27).
[* "The parable of the wise stewards" (Matthew 7:24-27): Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it].
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