Abbot Raphael: Lies and fake information

Abbot Raphael: Lies and fake information


It is very important to be careful about lies, brothers and sisters. For us who are, by the mercy of God, gathered around the Holy temples, Holy altars. By the hand of God. It is very important not to receive a lie in any form. We have to be exceptionally cautious. St. Ignatius Bryanchaninov warns us about the false teaching… He doesn’t think that the false teaching is some book written by heretic writer And there are lots of those books. We notice them being printed and distributed around here…very great deal of them Various sects and various teachings abondoned and scorned by the church long time ago And some “new age”, simple, vulgar, sad, and rotten teachings. rotten teachings, we can almost say disgusting spirituality. St. Ignatius Bryanchaninov does not only think of these teachings, sharpened so they stab somewhere. He thinks of what is offered to us so casually, almost in a “by the way” sense. They are no less dangerous, brothers and sisters, because they are more frequent They offer supeficial and false information That are being offered to us daily through the media Through television, radio stations, newspapers Or, in general, through something that wants to transmit the information. Whether that be an advertisement, fashion, modern trends, music, whatever that might be. Art, especially modern art, that is in the service of demon like never before. Not to talk about openly satanic manifestations and agression I assume, this is something everyone can recognize. Where we can openly see the face of demon. Even though he doesn’t hide it anymore. And he will hide it even less. This will be due to God’s permission so the demon’s face finally appears to be ultimately destroyed by the second coming of our Lord Christ. Forever Simply, brothers and sisters, we can’t be negligent and caareless in receiving daily false information. That the world is bombarding us with daily, from all sides. Swallowing them is the same as if we would swallow lead. If we observe someone who becomes just a little “unglued” from the earth… “Unglued” from the earth means lifting up oneself from earthly thoughts, earthly desires. In other word, someone who starts to lift up spiritualy. One who starts with this and ends up swallowing earthly information is like he swallows the lead. And receiving these lies in hiself by not being negligent and carelss he thought he can easily deal with them So he doesn’t process the information and pushes it out but it starts to sink And if he is persistent in swallowing information, demonic nets can catch him easily. Becaue the one filled up with lead is heavy to move and maneuver. Especially for spiritual fight where we fight birds out of this world. Quick hunters And how you can find demonic mind if your mind is filled up with lead? These thoughts and false information are like a metal that gets stored in our mind and the Satan simply attracts a human with his magnets. Satan, as the father of lies(John 8:44) , holds in slavery everyone who gets powered by his lies brothers and sisters. Person gets united with the Satan. If he receives spiritualy false information. Holy fathers and modern ones too, emphasize that receiving the false information….and today it’s not only a lie. It is an open and direct provocation We have to protect ourselves brothers and sisters, we have to acquire peace. Because we have to admit we are very weak. Very weak, very, very weak, fragile And if we get encouraged and try to reconciliate the truth and lie in our heart something much stronger and holier than us could not do We will suffer brothers and sisters. We will suffer. Very importantly, let us fast(purify) our mind, ears and bodily senses from the manifestations of lies. You see, brothers and sisters… the world and everything that’s in it is a lie brothers and sisters. Everything is a lie. Will the lie presents itself to you one way or another? Will it play the violin, piano, trumpet or drum? Will it be in blue, yellow or red color? Will it be made of velvet or silk or any other material? Will it be warm or cold, with ice or without it? Everything is, brothers and sisters a lie. Why? Because the world does not accept the God, and it can’t accept Him. Why can’t the world accept Him? Because the world is manifestation of God-fighting life and is inspired and moved by Satanic power. Satan, brothers and sisters, can not accept the teaching- he can’t and he won’t. The whole world is kept in motion by demonic impulses. If we get caught in that field but as the fighters and those who don’t accept him those who fight Then we are not in his field, that is, the field is not in our heart. But we fight and are expelling him from within us. With God blessed weapon. And all that in Orthodox church And that is a good position, starting point. But if we enter the field too relaxed and open, letting the breath of this world inside…which is the same as letting the devil inside Brothers and sister, we will then sink And we will start little by little to grow apart from the church, from our faith And will renounce the God with just a slightly stronger threat or conditioning. Will renounce Christ And just as the Lord said today to the weak and possessed in the Holy Gospel That if he sins again the last state will be wrose than the first (paraphrasing 2 Peter 2:20). The power of darkness can be greater over us. That’s why, in this moment of time that was gifted to us to acquire infinite eternity we have to practice our action. Who dreams of multitude of thoughts and high spirituality while his TV is turned on… Or who thinks that will acquire proper prayer, repentance or conditions to communicate with God, while drawing the energy from the rhythms of the world drinking worldly drinks He is in complete fallacy, in great delusion and deceit. Therefore, difference should be made, boundaries should be drawn What is God’s and where is God’s. And what is not God’s: where that is and from who it is Then brothers and sisters, recognizing the Living God in the church Recognizing God’s might in Holy Mysteries Recognizing God’s truth in the church’s teaching We should acquire peace. We should shape ourselves according to the Holy Gospel and God’s commandments By force or through valiance Holy fathers teach us…we won’t be stopping here for long Just to emphasize, even though that is exceptionally important topic How do we acquire peace? Why is that important? Because Lord said demonic nets do not catch those who are peaceful If we care about the salvation and if we trust St. Anthony the Great and all Holy fathers It is very important knowing how do we acquire peace. Acquiring the peace is achieved through obedience. Obedience to the church and to Lord’s commandments. That we can only receive from the Lord only in the church And for fulfilling the God’s will, God’s strength is necessary. As a man, weak man, miserable man, ruled by passions, pierced through, enslaved man, welded to sin-you can’t fulfill God’s will if you don’t receive God’s might. God’s might, God’s blessing, that is Holy Spirit-you can receive only in the church. That’s why, brothers and sisters, is very important to be in the church, to learn from her, to listen her, and to follow her blessings.

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