By Abbot Tryphon
Anyone who opens their heart to Christ will be made whole. The Way of Christ | The Morning Offering.
I received an email from a man from India, questioning why there is evil in the world, and wondering how he could come to know the true God, overcome sin, and live a life in transformation. This is my response to him:
We live in a fallen world, one that was created in perfection, beauty, and goodness. Evil entered into this world when humankind turned from God, made themselves a god, and fell into pride and arrogance. The end result is the alienation from God, and the finality of death.
As followers of the Way of Christ, we believe God humbled Himself and pitched His tent in our world as one of us, and that this God, Who is worshiped in Holy Trinity, came down as the Second member of this Trinity of Unity, and became Man. Jesus Christ, we believe, is the Logos, the very Word by which everything that came into being was created.
As the Word made flesh, Jesus dwelt among us, and taught us how to live the commandments of God, and how to love God above everything else. He taught us that we must, if we are to be saved, keep the Two Great Commandments, that we love God with our whole heart, mind and soul, and love our neighbor as being our self.
Jesus, the Name above every other name, suffered, was crucified, died, and was buried, and on the third day conquered the power of death by His holy resurrection. When we accept the invitation to commune with this God Who has offered forgiveness for our sins, and offers us the possibility to commune with Him, His resurrection becomes our resurrection. We, although sinners, are forgiven, and become the sons and daughters of the Most High.
This message is a simple one. Anyone who opens their heart, repents of their sins, and asks God to come into their life, will be made whole.
With love in Christ,
About The Brotherhood of the All-Merciful Saviour Monastery
All-Merciful Saviour Monastery is a monastery of the Western American Diocese, under the omophor of His Eminence Kyrill, Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America. The Monastery is a non-profit 501 C3 organization under IRS regulations. All donations are therefore tax deductible.
We depend on the generosity of our friends and benefactors. You can donate to the monastery through PayPal, or by sending donations directly to the monastery’s mailing address:
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By: Abbot Tryphon | The All-Merciful Saviour Orthodox Monastery on Vashon Island. Washington, United States
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