Friday, April 29, 2016

His Imperial Majesty on the Value of Living the Christian Life

"It is quite true that there is no perfection in humanity. From time to time we make mistakes, we do commit sins; but even as we do that, deep in our hearts as Christians, we know we have forgiveness from the Almighty. He taught us all who seek Him shall find Him. To live in this healthy life, a Christian life, is what makes me follow Jesus Christ." 

- His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Lost Books of the Bible

These are very important writings. About half the writings of this book are by a group of writers known as "the Apostolic Fathers," who still had "the preaching of the Apostles ringing in their ears," St. Ignatius of Antioch. St. Clement of Rome, Polycarp, and the Shephard of Hermes. Other writings were not included in the canon, but have informed the Tradition of the Church, such as the Proto-Evangelion of James, and the Acts of Paul and Thecla. Other books offer colorful, if apocryphal, accounts of Christ in His childhood.

I do not mind that "archaic" language, I read the Authorized version daily. This particular edition of New Testament Apocrypha was translated in the 17th and 18th century, and published a complete book originally in 1926.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Man, made in the image of YAH, is a microcosm of the Universe

Humankind, being created in the likeness and image of YAH Almighty, is a microcosm of the universe. This is an idea that Rastas, such as Bob Marley, share with their Orthodox brothers and sisters. The idea of man as a microcosm is most commonly associated with St. Maximos the Confessor. In his Mystagogia he speaks of an indissoluble relationship and unity between man and world: "[St. Paul] put forward another suggestion, along the lines of the same imagery, that the whole world of visible and invisibl e things can be thought of as a man; and man, made up of body and soul, as a world" (Mystagogia, Chapter 7). St. Gregory of Nyssa also uses the image of man as microcosm, though his use of the expression is rather less uniform than for St. Maximus. In his conception, the parallelism seems to be limited to a common praise of God: "as the cosmos continuously lifts up a hymn of praise to God, so it is the duty of man to engage in continual psalmody and hymnody."