Thursday, January 30, 2014

Living the Truth

The Orthodox Church is the perfect example of how living in Christ, living within the Body of Christ, i.e. the Church, one can learn the truths of our faith, and the mysteries of God. Knowledge does not only come from books but mostly and most importantly by the life of the Church. Christos Yannaras points this reality, by claiming:

“A man who has never in his life known maternal love (because he is an orphan or for some other reason), can know the definition but cannot know maternal love itself. In other words, knowledge of formulas and definitions of truth is not to be identified with the knowledge of truth itself. Therefore even an atheist can have learned to know well that the God of the Church is triadic, that Christ is perfect God and perfect man, but this does not mean that he knows these truths”[1].

[1] Yannaras, Christos, Elements of Faith – An Introduction to Orthodox Theology, (Edinburgh, T&T Clark, 1991), p.16, 17

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