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SPOREN OP DE WEG -
(in English and Dutch, Nederlands en Engels, NL/EN)
Hoewel ieders persoonlijke pad uniek is, bewandelen allen tevens tot op zekere hoogte dezelfde weg -
De sporen volgend van onze voorvaderen in het geloof, stuitte ik van tijd tot tijd op wegwijzers -
Hierbij beschikbaar gemaakt, voor wie er misschien baat bij heeft...
Although everyone’s personal path is unique, to a certain extent we all walk the same road -
Following the traces of our forefathers in the faith, from time to time I have come upon signposts, and upon questions and answers, which may be of some value to others as well. This page is meant for ponderings in this respect. Sometimes based on specific words of the Holy Fathers. Sometimes more generally related to the Christian Way and/or the Orthodox Tradition.
Here made available, for whoever may find it helpful...
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A surprisingly helpful yardstick in our search for Truth,
as well as a way to avoid judging where we shouldn’t …
asking ourselves, Do we really know “the whole truth” ?
+ AD 31-
When at times we come across gems of wisdom -
1) Is it true in itself?
2) Is there more to this – a larger context, a vision, or simply other facts – which may alter our perception of what is presented as ‘truth’? Is anything missing or has anything been omitted, which would change our choices or our judgement of the situation?
How wisely did our Lord tell us not to judge one another! But how easily do we judge, even whilst being convinced that we don’t – because we have made our choice or decision on the basis of only a tiny statement, not realizing the larger context of a certain ‘fact’.
3) Has anything been added which is not true? – an assumption, a suggestive slant (positive or negative), or a mistaken judgement of the facts?
How easily are we misled by taking for granted that a true fact does indeed mean what we are told it means. We think that we are not easily misled: we don’t just swallow the advertising, we are immune to slander... or so we think. But without realizing it, we swallow the assumptions, the suggestions presented to us, without asking ourselves what it is that makes us inclined towards or against something or somebody. Again, we think that we do not judge, but we do... and thereby we wrong both ourselves and our fellow-
So the question is, How to get out of this fix? And part of the answer may be found in this old principle: If it pertains to other people, or to principles or facts of major importance to our life – temporal and eternal – we can (and should) ask these three questions.
Now, of course, we may find that we are often unable to answer these questions. In some cases, especially when it pertains to other people, we may not be able to ascertain even the first simple question – is it true? And in that respect we should indeed be very wary, what ‘truths’ we take as the basis of our choices and decisions.
But in the search for the Truth (with a capital), we should NOT give up, as if it were impossible to ascertain, or ‘wiser’ to desist from any judgement or decision in the matter. Instead, we should ‘search the Scriptures’ and ‘sit at the feet of our Lord’ to learn His wisdom: That we may be able to check all ‘wisdom’ found, and indeed ‘judge and keep what is good’, unto salvation for ourselves and our brethren, and to the glory of God Eternal.
Pious words about God’s Providence, intended to encourage us, sometimes only increase our trouble. For how can we accept the monstrous idea, that somehow God would wish all the horrors we behold in this world?
A word from St. Philaret, Metropolitan of Moscow (1782-
+ AD 14-
At times, pious words, offered as a consolation in tribulation and suffering, seem to say that all earthly troubles are part of God’s will, in the sense that even evil itself is part of God’s Providence. But how can we accept this monstrous idea, that God would wish all the horrors we behold in this world? Do we really have to force ourselves to believe that somehow all that is evil is suddenly ‘good’, just because this is -
If we have at least a little experience of His infinite love, such ‘pious words’ give us no rest but only increase our inner trouble: How can we do otherwise than trust the goodness of His love and care for each one of us? But how could we rejoice and thank Him for that which is evil, which is against His love, His goodness -
A word from the holy bishop Philaret of Moscow comes to our rescue: God’s Providence rules all, except for those things which are caused by the will of men. We may be suffering the consequences of our own faults, in which case we can repent and turn to God, beseeching His mercy. But we may be suffering from the choices of others -
If we choose His Will, we graft ourselves into the realm of His Providence, where all is part of His Love and His Goodness -
At the same time, it is true that such a choice may bring the inevitable suffering of godly love, which accepts the freedom of the other, with all that this entails. But in this suffering, in this infinite sorrow, we are not alone. Our tears and pain of heart are but a tiny part of His own sorrow, which He showed in the garden of Gethsemane. We may not understand how our present troubles, and all the evil in this fallen world, could possibly be resolved. But we can indeed trust in the Providence of Him Who is All-
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