EVOLUTION IS A THEORY; JESUS CHRIST IS
—from the book Elder Paisios of Mount
From the age of eleven [says Elder
Paisios], I would read the lives of the Saints, I would fast and keep
vigil. My older brother would take the books and hide them, but that didn’t stop
me. I would just go into the forest and keep reading there.
Later, when I was fifteen, a friend of
my brother named Costas told my brother, “I’ll make him willingly
give up all this nonesense.” He came and explained to me Darwin’s theory of
evolution. I was shaken by this, and I said, “I’ll go and pray, and, if Christ
is God, He’ll appear to me so that I’ll believe. I’ll see a shadow, hear a voice—He will
show me a sign.” That’s all I could come up with at the time.
So, I went and began to pray and make
prostrations for hours; but nothing happened. Eventually I stopped
in a state of exhaustion. Then something Costas had said came to mind:
“I accept that Christ is an important man,” he had told me,
“righteous and virtuous, Who was hated out of envy for His virtue and condemned by
His countrymen.” I thought to myself, “since that’s how Christ
was, even if He was only a man, He deserves my love, obedience, and self-sacrifice.
I don’t want paradise; I don’t want anything. It is worth making every
sacrifice for the sake of His holiness and kindness.”
God was waiting to see how I would deal
with this temptation. After this, Christ Himself appeared to me in
a great light. He was visible from the waist up. He looked at me with
tremendous love and said, “I am the resurrection, and the life; he that
believeth in Me, even if he dies, he shall live” (Jn. 11:25). He was holding the
Gospel in His left hand, open to the page where the same words were written.
With this event, the uncertainties that
had troubled my soul were overcome, and in divine grace I came to
know Christ as true God and Savior of the world. I was convinced of the
truth of the God-man, not by men or books, but by the very Lord Himself,
who revealed Himself to me even at this young age. Firmly established in faith,
I thought to myself, “Come back now, Costas, if you want, and we’ll have a
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth...And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." John 1: 14, 16-17
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages! Amen!
"As the Prophets saw, as the Apostles taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers express in dogma, as the inhabited world understands together with them, as grace illumines, as the truth makes clear, as error has been banished, as wisdom makes bold to declare, as Christ has assured, so we think, so we speak, so we preach, honouring Christ our true God, and his Saints, in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in icons, worshipping and revering the One as God and Lord, and honouring them because of their common Lord as those who are close to him and serve him, and making to them relative veneration.
This is the faith of the Apostles; this is the faith of the Fathers; this is the faith of the Orthodox; this faith makes fast the inhabited world." Excerpt from the Synodikon of the Sunday of Orthodoxy (http://www.anastasis.org.uk/synodikon.htm)
By the Grace of God, here are presented a few true stories of the Saints, sayings of the Holy Fathers, sacred icons, and many other things so that, maybe in a small way, we may remind ourselves that (though we might not be ready to accept it) Jesus Christ is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, and that the Holy Orthodox Church is full of Christ's GRACE and TRUTH, and is no less than the Kingdom of God on earth.
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Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!
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