Why I Converted To Eastern Orthodoxy: Author Frank Schaeffer

by CzechRebel on April 8, 2013

in CzechRebel (blog admin), Orthodox Christianity, Protestant Christianity

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Uploaded on Aug 12, 2011 by Mikhail Kolitwenzew

This is Frank Schaeffer speaking about his conversion to Orthodoxy………………………
Here is the moderator speaking on AncientFaithRadio about his own conversion to Orthodoxy.

Frank Shaeffer: The Defense of Orthodoxy (Against Protestantism): Part 1

Frank Shaeffer: The Defense of Orthodoxy (Against Protestantism): Part 2

Note: Recently, Frank Schaeffer has gone in for left-wing causes that are contrary to Orthodox Christian teachings. He now considers himself Orthodox in only the loosest possible sense. This is one more example of the fact that political liberalism is not compatible with Orthodox Christianity, nor, for that matter, with mental and emotional stability.

The arguments made in these videos, however, are still valid.

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1 James Wiliams Κωνσταντινος July 8, 2013 at 2:12 am

-Sharing the knowledge-

Did you know that the Orthodox Church is an Exact Science (begotten through the Holy Spirit the day of Pentecost) because it has been know to be producing Saints non stop using the same Holy Tradition for the past 2000 tears?
Are there TRUE Theologians in the world? WHO are they and How? Can man meet His God and Creator personally?

True Theologians

-Is There a Higher Theology For Man, Than Knowing God personally -person to PERSON-?

“He is not here; for he is risen” (Matthew 28, 6)
From the island of Cyprus (Acts 13:4,5).

Dear Mr. Schaeffer
There are those today who live in not so distant places that have a real life person to Person relationship with Lord Jesus!
These humble words that are shared with brotherly love and respect, point out to the kind of relationship man was made to have with our Lord Jesus Christ. The following paragraphs, where taken from the book of Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos Entreaty” (Paraklitika), and it is knowledge that must be shared with all those who have Lord Jesus Christ as their Heavenly Father.

“Those who have made their selves worthy to see God are the True Theologians. Saint Gregorios the Theologian taught that those who saw God like Apostle Paul can safely theologize, because the sight of God cleans them from all fantasy, and renders them true preachers of the truth making them explicitly different from philosophers and philosophies”.

Metropolitan Hierotheos who is member of the Holy Synod of the Greek Orthodox Church continues in his book:

“It is with a lot of awe and fear of God that we dare write here that even today there are Saints (that are alive today) who saw and see Christ in the Light, they converse with him, and stay in His Sight for days and even weeks. We have been blessed by God to personally meet such people who saw Christ in His Divine Light, who attest to the fact that Lord Jesus is a True God, the only Savior of man, our only hope for Eternal Life, our only way out of the dead end that we have reached”. (John 17:3) “And eternal life means knowing you (personally), the only true God, and knowing Jesus Christ, whom you send”

Saint Gregorios (3rd century) description of his personal experience who saw Christ in His Divine Light is used as an example to describe how the Saints are able (became worthy), to see and know God in His Divine Glory.

“UNDER CONDITIONS OF CONTINUED PRAYER AND UPWARD EXTENSION THAT HAVE AS CLIMAX THE UNION WITH GOD, MAN IS POSSESSED ENTIRELY FROM LIGHT OF DIVINE GLORY THAT IS SEND FOURTH ETERNALLY FROM THE TRIAD. AFTER THE MIND IS SEIZED FROM THE DIVINE LIGHT AND ENTERS THE LIGHT IT BECOMES ITS SELF-LIGHT. THUS LIKE LIGHT, IT SEES LIGHT”

A notion, which Saint Symeon goes to great lengths to clarify in his writings, is the fact that the Divine Light is a Person. It is not simply a sensible radiance—an inanimate luminosity such as one might receive from a lamp, or from the sun. Rather the Divine Light is the very ‘Person’ of the Divinity Himself: it is not simply a product of God, it is God. “Your light, O my God, is You”, he writes, and to this point of emphasis he often returns. Saint Symeon is also known to emphasise in his teachings… “If we don’t see Lord Jesus in this life…we will never see Him ever”! There is no other theology higher than being in the presence (union) with God. There is an actual physical ontological transformation that takes place that can be verified after death and after exhuming the body that testifies to an awesome EXPERIENCE in the presence of God.
The object and the purpose of our Christian Life is enabling our selves in His Divine presence by becoming in His Likeness (“Be Holy because I am Holy” (Peter 1, 16) through a THERAPY that was delivered to the Apostles the day of Pentecost ONCE AND FOR ALL 2000 years ago!

Orthodoxy teaches that it has an unbroken Holy Tradition of spiritual knowledge a way of life (Divine Life) that leads to the mystical union with God. This mystical union is also known as Sainthood, Salvation, Supernatural condition, the Overcoming of mans mortality state, or being a god by the Grace of God. They also teach that it is not possible for this union to become an object of any kind of an academic study that can “discover” or “deepen” in the knowledge, because Christianity is all about Divine Grace.

The people of the Nations belonging to Orthodox Christianity will never claim that they have discovered the road (THERAPY) for Salvation. However they will tell you that their prime directive and responsibility has always been to keep everything that was passed down from Jesus (the Holy Spirit) and the Apostles u n c h a n g e d for these methods and teachings that were put forward for the Salvation of all man constitute or sum up the Divine Will of God.

To know Lord Jesus philosophically is to have a love relationship with an idea “philosophy” and not Lord Himself who appears to his Saints in His Divine Light as a PERSONALLY! This why the Greek Orthodox Church teaches that, -Man has a Divine Inheritance (the Church) and a Divine Destination (Eternal Life, Holiness)

HOLY LIGHT
http://www.oodegr.com/english/ekklisia/holylight.htm

(Miracle of Holy Light in Jerusalem: Testimonies and Evidence)
An awesome miracle on video that takes place Orthodox Saturday Easter (ONLY) during Divine Liturgy each year for about 1670 years at the spot our Lord Jesus was born, in the Temple of Nativity in Jerusalem. Notice in the video that the candles of the faithful in the left light up –before- the Patriarch comes out!

Those who see this video, can reflect back to the Old Testament and clearly understand how the fire did not burn, (look at pictures at the very bottom) and how the fire was in essence Gods Holy Light, Gods Holy Fire.

I belong to no organization (that does this) and no one pays me. I do not hold any kind of position anywhere.
note: if you send me an outlook expresee address I will be able to also send icons.

God bless,
your friend and servant

Constantinos (J.W) 357(Cyprus) 99873390 (mobile)

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