Concepts create idols; only wonder grasps anything. - St Gregory of Nyssa

Tuesday, May 1, 2012


I love words. Father Stephen writes about certain words used in Orthodox Christianity that can be understood only within the context of the Church.

In the Church, mystery is something which by its very nature is unknown, and can only be known in a manner unlike anything else.


Many people read the frequent statement in the gospels: “This was done so that the prophecy of Isaiah (or one of the other prophets) might be fulfilled….” What many people think this means is that the prophet made a prediction and it came true. Biblical prophecy (in a proper Christian understanding) has little to nothing to do with prediction. The prophets do not see the future – they see the fullness. What comes to pass is the fullness breaking into our world such that the prophecy “has been fulfilled.

 (Emphasis added.)

Orthodox Christianity presents the fulness -- IS the fulness -- of the Gospel of Jesus the Christ.

Read the rest here.

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