In Eastern Orthodoxy, I am confronted with an uncomfortable fact: the work of my salvation is in progress.
In my Protestant years, I basically learned, “You’ve already been saved, everything is done, now go and enjoy life.” But Orthodoxy confronts me with an entirely different path of salvation. Here, I am taught that God accomplished everything on His part to save me. But now I must do my part.
It is not enough to say, “I am a son of God!” or “Jesus, I want to go to Heaven!” I must live like a son of God, like a heavenly creature. Continue reading Struggling Toward Salvation
A man wakes up in an unfamiliar field. Sniffing the air, he detects something burning, only to realize that the “fog” obscuring the sun above him is in actuality a thick cloud of smoke. Rising to his feet, he confirms the entire field is encompassed by a wildfire, which is quickly drawing nearer to himself. There is a section of grass that has not burned straight ahead of him. Peering into the distance, he sees that it is a path leading to a large body of water. Luckily, there is a dock with a boat at the water’s edge. The captain of the boat is untying the ropes from the dock while frantically beckoning the man in the field toward himself.
The man in the field feels a gust of wind and sees the fire surging closer to him. Continue reading Playing in Fire: A Parable