Yes, and Jesus Christ established the Orthodox Church, and only the Orthodox Church. (You had to have seen this coming…are you sure this is a good direction to take this thread? I’m fine with this being my only such statement, just for the record.)
I know what Jesus want.
Hmm. Ordinary life must be very boring for you, then.
It’s there in John as big as life. He prayed for it.
Indeed, as do both of our churches. That’s not in doubt.
This Armenian Diocese is taking steps toward that. You call it “false” ecumenism, but that is but a word and an opinion.
As opposed to what, exactly? What are you posting? Ohhhh, right…you know what Jesus wants. Well then…I don’t know what to say. Aqabil el-aiyady, ya qods abuna? I guess I’d better become Roman Catholic (again) now. :
If God hears the unified prayer of His children, there is nothing false about it.
In the words of Hank Hill, I’m sure He’s many places He doesn’t want to be. What’s your point? Unless you believe that God hearing something automatically makes it true, I don’t see how you can think this makes any point at all. God, you should know (since you know what He wants), is not unaware of anything, good or bad, so that’s a pretty low standard by which to judge something as true or false (indeed I don’t even see how you can say that there are such things as truth or falsehood, if God hearing them means there’s nothing false. What happens outside of His purview?).
Unity will never come about unless we decide we love God more than we want to be by ourselves. How can you wish to never pray with fellow brothers in Christ, coming together with them in the presence of God through prayer, yet you have no compunction about coming here on this Catholic site to argue?
See, I had worried that this is what you would get out of my post (hence why I put in that bit about good ecclesiology for RCCs and Orthodox). I wish I had another way to put it, but there really isn’t one as far as I can see. Believe me, the OO do not want to be by ourselves. I think we’ve had enough of that for about 1600 years and counting. But neither should we compromise anything for the sake of unity with those who do not share our faith. As for coming here to argue, please take note of the fact that this concerns my communion, so this is exactly where you should expect me to say something (which you are free to not read or respond to, if what I write upsets you; I’m not here to upset anyone). There are precious few threads even on this subforum that directly concern me, since most of it is ECs arguing with Latins or Constantinopolitans arguing with ECs, or all three arguing amongst themselves. It is very rare that any OO church comes up in a discussion that doesn’t revolve around their Catholic counterparts. So you’ll have to excuse me if I take exception to your characterization as “arguing”. If I don’t come here and say that this is not a wise move, who will? The rest of you think it is great, but you are not OO so that means that you don’t have the perspective of someone who is actually in communion with the Armenians.
I guess those people that belong to Jesus, that want to heal the wounds of disunity to His body, who want to join with Him in His High Priestly Prayer that we all be one, will come together as they are at this Armenian Diocese. Those that don’t will stand to the sidelines.
Oh, so now we’re going to comment on someone’s personal commitment to Jesus Christ? That’s a little low, don’t you think? I’ll have you know that I was baptized in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit (with triple immersion, no less), not in the name of being right on the internet. I don’t care about that, ultimately. It’s just that there are no other OO voices here now that Anastasia (who is actually Armenian Orthodox; I wonder what she thinks about this event) doesn’t post here anymore, and I think a critical appraisal is not wrong. I would not go to such an event, but I will not personally condemn those who do.
Note that Evangelicals will also be present.
And? There are evangelicals (in the truest sense of the term) at every Coptic Orthodox liturgy. We are nothing if not evangelical. Probably annoyingly so, if you were to ask the retired couple who showed up to liturgy on Friday in Las Cruces.