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The Vine and Our Nature

How many things in nature are combined in the same plant! In a vine, roots, green and flexible branches, which spread themselves far over the earth, buds, tendrils, bunches of sour grapes and ripe grapes. The sight of a vine, when observed by an intelligent eye, serves to remind you of your nature.

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Let the Earth Bring Forth--St. Basil

"Let the earth bring forth." See how, at this short word, at this brief command, the cold and sterile earth travailed and hastened to bring forth its fruit, as it cast away its sad and dismal covering to clothe itself in a more brilliant robe, proud of its proper adornment and displaying the infinite variety of plants. 

How God speaks?--From St. Basil


And God said, "Let there be...", first let us ask how God speaks? Is it in our manner? Does His intelligence receive an impression from objects, and, after having conceived them, make them known by particular signs appropriate to each of them?

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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." So he denies that matter shared with God the time before the beginning, eternity; or that it was uncreated, as some say.  He doesn't present something that didn't exist at one time as coinciding with and co-existant with the eternal; he doesn't confuse the temporary, something which was brought into existence ... with that which is from time immemorial; something that changes to something which is always itself; nor something which is corruptible with that which is incorruptible! 

God assumed the whole of humanity in His Incarnation

Wherefore Luke points out that the pedigree which traces the generation of our Lord back to Adam contains seventy-two generations, connecting the end with the beginning, and implying that it is He who has summed up in Himself all nations dispersed from Adam downwards, and all languages and generations of men,  together with Adam himself. Hence also was Adam himself termed by Paul "the figure of Him that was to come,"


The Church's Message--St. Cyril of Alexandria


Since, then, God knows and at the same time observes everything about  us, let us have a faith that is sure and stable. And let us rid ourselves of the shame coming from duplicity, remembering  what  the  blessed  Paul  writes: "Therefore, my brothers, be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in God's work." (1Cor 15:58)
Come, then, while offering  to God a genuine faith as a spiritual sacrifice, let us say from a heart free of suspicion, "Behold us, we will be yours, because you are the Lord our God. " (Jer 3:22)  And again, "Lord our God, take possession of us. Lord, we know not any other beside you. Your name we name." (Isa 26:13) 


Fr. Athanasius refutes H.E. Met Bishoy's answer to H.G. Bishop Serapion here:

Fr. Athanasius on Original Sin

Fr. Athanasius refutes H.E. Met Bishoy's teaching regarding Original Sin here:

No man taketh the honour unto himself unless he be called of God (St. Cyril)


A certain man drew near to Christ the Saviour of us all saying, "Teacher, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest." But He rejected the man, saying, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of heaven a place to lodge in: but that He had not where to lay His head."


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The Shepherd and the Thief (from St. Cyril)


Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.(John 10:1-5)