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  1. Religion, in particular Orthodoxy, has always played a huge role in strengthening State power. Religion was the monarch's mainstay. How to convince millions of people to obey and tolerate any whims of one, sometimes not very distant person? It is necessary to impress people with the idea that power has been given to him by God, that he is God's anointed one.�

    Priests come to the rescue. The sovereign allows them to fool people completely legally, earn a lot of money from them and not pay taxes. In exchange, the priests promote Orthodoxy to the masses, instilling humility and the sacredness of power in people. With high-quality psychological processing, people do not even think of resistance, rebellion. After all, this will be a rebellion against God himself, which is considered a terrible sin. Thanks to the priests, the sovereign can do anything with his people and stay in power until death.

    Recently, the topic of Orthodoxy has been actively discussed and promoted for the same reason. Gundyaev and his shushers are trying to impose ideas of the sacredness of power, the inadmissibility of protests, and the alienation of “Western” values. In exchange, he basks in luxury. Lower-ranked priests also have a good profit without being selected. Therefore, Orthodoxy has become a de facto state religion. It's like the cement in the brickwork of a state power.

  2. One thing you need to understand about Russian Orthodoxy is that it is not an Evangelically oriented denomination by its nature.�

    Orthodoxy, unlike Protestantism, implies reliance not so much on the Holy Scriptures as on the subsequent tradition – Ecumenical Councils, Patristic teaching, etc. For Russian Orthodoxy, this tradition is primarily Byzantine, with all the ensuing consequences, including the idea of a” symphony “ of secular and religious power. It is precisely this idea that the church leadership implements.

    But what to do if it seems that this is at odds with the principles laid down in the Holy Scriptures? An Orthodox person would answer this question that the Holy Fathers knew better – if you think that there is such a discrepancy, then you are misinterpreting the Holy Scriptures. Because the tradition just reveals more specifically the basic principles of its interpretation.

    This is approximately the logic of Orthodox thinking. The principle of personal reading and understanding of Scripture is a typically Protestant principle and, therefore, a completely different religious culture.

    In this particular case, the quote you gave can be interpreted in different ways. In this case, Jesus is generally talking about a very specific duty – paying taxes. In this story, the Pharisees send a provocateur to Jesus, so to speak, with the question of whether to pay taxes to Rome. The fact is that the Messiah in Judaism is understood as a king and military leader; therefore, it was expected that he would free the Jews from the power of Rome, the specific form of expression of which would be, for a start, refusal to pay taxes to Rome.

    Jesus, on the other hand, elegantly circumvents this problem by saying that you should give Caesar what is Caesar's, i.e. that religious matters should be separated from civil duties – which, if you think about it, is a non-trivial idea from the point of view of Judaism, in which religious regulations regulated everything, including the rules for setting up a latrine and punishing various types of crimes. Some interpreters believe that by doing so, he made it clear that Messinia, in the literal sense of the political liberation of the Jews, was not his goal.

  3. It also contradicts Article 14 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation. Orthodoxy today is primarily pleasing to the state. Churches receive good funding and support, as well as a certain popularization among the population (demonstration of worship services on TV, for example). Why is this necessary? In my opinion, the state sees Orthodoxy as a kind of spiritual bond for the people. Indeed, Orthodoxy in this country has hundreds of years of history. And even to a significant (not the best)extent this has shaped the Russian mentality.

    About the contradiction of the sermon. I know that modern Orthodoxy is full of contradictions and deviations from the canons. Again, a lot to please the state. For example, trading in churches. And in general, it is impossible to keep religion absolutely unchanged for so many years.

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