Readings for January 18th

Peter’s Confession – spending time with Jesus listening to Him, watching Him, comparing and understanding all that he had learned from growing up in the Torah revealed to Peter that Jesus was the Christ.  Of course that’s important and good but confessing the truth is hard.  Speaking out what I believe is the correct response to the amazing gift of the revealing of who God is by the words and deeds of God and especially Jesus.

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  1. Vigen Guroian covers the basics of Orthodox ethics and then goes into how love is incorporated in ethics. He speaks about how Christians are made in the image of God and what that looks like, what the Kingdom of God actually is, and also how Christians view the Law. He also emphasizes very strongly that love is the highest virtue. In being made in the very image and likeness of God, Christians should be just as He is. Christians are supposed to bring the Kingdom of God to earth by ‘redeeming and transfiguring the world’. They would do this by providing charity as well as bettering social welfare. The Law is only needed because of the existence of sin, which calls for the need of rules and guidelines to live life the right way. Yet, it is love that causes Christians to obey the Law.
    Christian ethics are very different from world ethics just because of where one’s motives lie. The very foundation of Christian ethics is for everything to be done selflessly, not expecting anything in return, and doing it because it is the very way that Jesus Christ lived. World ethics are usually based on doing everything for one’s own good and living to better oneself. Adam demonstrated world ethics, while Jesus came to show Christian ethics. Christian ethics are shown by self-sacrifice, which is basically the agape love that Jesus did demonstrate by becoming flesh and living a sinless life, apart from his carnal desires. It is the goal of a Christian to obtain and strive to have this self-sacrificial lifestyle.

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