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Can God Suffer?

For He Himself, just like His Begetter is unalterable and immutable, and was never capable of any passibility (susceptibility to pain). But when He became flesh, that is became man, He appropriated the poverty of humanity to Himself; firstly, because even though He became man, He still remained God; and secondly, because He accepted the form of a servant even though He is free in His own Nature.

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Can God Increase?

And the Child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, being filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him. And again; But Jesus increased in stature and wisdom and grace with God and men. (Luke 2: 40,52)



TO say that the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, being filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him, must be taken as referring to His human nature. 

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The Synergy Between Free Will and Grace

FOR the purpose of God whereby He made man not to perish but to live for ever, stands immovable. And when His goodness sees in us even the very smallest spark of good will shining forth, which He Himself has struck as it were out of the hard flints of our hearts, He fans and fosters it and nurses it with His breath, as He "willeth all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth," (1 Ti 2:4) for as He says, "it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish," (Mt 18:14) ... For He is true, and lieth not when He lays down with an oath: "As I live, saith the Lord God, for I will not the death of a sinner, but that he should turn from his way and live." (Ezec 33:11a) 

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Free Will of Man

 

Saint Irenaeus was born 130 ad and became bishop of Lyons (France) 177 ad. He was a disciple of St. Polycarp, who himself was a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. St. Polycarp is the "angel of the church in Smyrna" mentioned in  Revelation 2:8-11. Saint Irenaeus died as a martyr 202 ad. He wrote his book "Against Heresies" circa 180 ad.

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Saint Maurice and the Theban Legion

 

On the occasion of the feast of Saint Maurice (October 5, according to the Coptic Calendar)
 

SAINT MAURICE AND THE THEBAN LEGION

A traveler, on  the highway that leads from Geneva to  Rome, will notice a small and very old Swiss town called Saint Maurice. This town was known in Roman times as Aguanum, an important communication centre.  It was there that a Coptic officer named Maurice and  his fellow soldiers died for the sake of Christ at the hands of the impious Emperor Maximian (285-305 AD). 

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A Coptic Scribe's Prayer

From a Coptic Version (Transcript) of The New Testament

I have written with my hand, and the writing bears witness to me, because one day I shall leave it and depart. With what strength my hand has written, when my hand shall perish my strength is still there.

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The Sign of the Cross

On the occasion of the Feast of the Cross according to the Coptic calendar (September 27)

 
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the Russian author who spent many years in the gulag of Siberia, bears witness to the power of the cross. After long suffering in the work camp of Siberia, he fell into despair. Like other prisoners, he had worked in the fields day after day, in rain and sun, during summer and winter. His days were filled with backbreaking labour and slow starvation. On a particular day, the hopelessness of his situation became too much. He saw no reason to continue living, to continue fighting the system. He thought that the rest of his life was meaningless since he would most likely die in this Siberian prison. His life made no difference in the world. So he gave up. 

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The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

By: His Grace Abba Youannis of blessed memory, late bishop of Gharbiya (Egypt)

 

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How God Speaks

Didymus the Blind (ca. 313 – ca.398) was an ecclesiastical writer of Alexandria whose famous catechetical school he led for about half a century, during the papacy of St. Athanasius.  Although he became blind at the age of four, before he had learned to read, he succeeded in mastering the whole gamut of the sciences then known. Upon entering the service of the Church he was placed at the head of the Catechetical School of Alexandria, where he lived and worked. 

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Does God Punish Children for their Parents' Sins?

These verses in Exodus 34:6-7, are often mis-understood:  "The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation." 

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