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  1. Did any of the believers manage to avoid the “spiritual warfare”, i.e., the obstacles caused by Satan and his minions?All but one of the apostles perished in this struggle,but no one denied the Lord “unto death.”Faith involves strengthening the strength of the combatant through communion.You are a modern person, there is a telephone,Internet,you can establish communication with the parish and the priest. And you can also take COMMUNION as a last resort, at home, by calling the priest at home.This is how disabled people who are ill in hospitals receive communion.YOU CAN ASK the PARISH to pray for your strengthening,or you can ask your fellow believers to order special services if there is no other option and you are in trouble. Finally, pray incessantly-and God will give you the opportunity-to go to church and pray there ,receive communion and blessing,strengthen yourself and save your soul for the Kingdom of God. Everything is in your hands and everything is within your power,you are definitely stronger with God than without God.God will definitely appreciate your efforts to overcome them.

  2. Orthodox response

    There is no unforgivable sin except the unrepentant one.

    Don't blame the evil one for everything, he sometimes sits on the side and learns from us. (I'm joking koneshno, but as they say, there are jokes in the share….)

    If you are Orthodox, then just confess everything, and don't sin any more. That's all.

    But this is how you confess if you don't recognize your sin and blame everything on the evil one. Just like the grandparents in paradise. That is, there is no such repentance, and confession is impossible.

    Ask yourself some questions.
    Or maybe you're just lazy? Or maybe you can't find time because of the rush to come to the House of God where they praise and pray to God, confess and receive communion? Or maybe you don't want to change your way of thinking, and you think that you are right? Aren't you proud? Do you have humility? Or maybe you are vain and, and it prevents you from confessing, etc.

    Matthew 9: 13 “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

    In this case, the Lord calls” righteous ” those Pharisees and scribes blinded by self-conceit, who reduced the whole essence of religion to the fulfillment of the ritual law (circumcision, Sabbath, sacrifices, etc.), neglecting the most important things in it: judgment, mercy, and faith (see Mt. 23:23). Not seeing their own sins and passions, but scrupulously fulfilling all this external aspect of religion to the smallest detail, they considered themselves righteous, proudly despising their own people: this people is ignorant of the law, they are cursed (John 7: 49), so that they were no longer capable of spiritual life, of repentance. So the Lord condemned them.

    But in doing so, He condemned the same”righteous” Christians, who follow the church's rules, rituals, and customs, but at the same time wallow in vanity, pride, and condemnation of everyone and everything, teaching and commanding. The Lord angrily rejects such people and says that he has not come to these false righteous people, but only to those believers who, seeing their sinful state, humble themselves and repent. They are accepted by Him.

    How important this is in the work of salvation is shown by the spiritual state to which the greatest saints came. For example, St. John the Baptist. Macarius the Great, whom his contemporaries called “the earthly god,” addresses God with the words: “O God, purify me a sinner, as never before (never before) I have done good things before You” (see Morning Prayers). Or here is an episode from the life of St. Sisoy the Great. “Surrounded at the moment of his death by the brethren, at the moment when he seemed to be conversing with invisible persons, Sisa answered the question of the brethren: “Father, tell us who you are talking to. He answered, ” It is the angels who have come to take me, but I pray to them that they will leave me for a short time to repent.” But when the brethren, knowing that Sisoy was perfect in virtues, answered him, “You need not repent, Father,” Sisoy answered thus:: “Truly I do not know whether I have even made the beginning of my repentance.” [1] This deep understanding of one's own imperfection is the main distinguishing feature of all true Christians.

    Blaise Pascal said well of such “sinners” and “righteous people”:”There are only two kinds of people: some are righteous people who think they are sinners, others are sinners who think they are righteous.”

  3. Many people think that the Church of Christ is some kind of structure (structure), with domes and crosses, halls of kingdoms or other structures that have special names for each individual religious denomination or organization where people gather. No! The Lord Jesus Christ has nothing to do with religions. The Church of Christ is a person, not structures where people gather.To do this, you do not need to join any particular religious denomination that has its own name. You may be alone or alone in a small city or region, but you may be in the church of Christ of His body. And you will definitely find the same followers, even if not in your region, but from other cities of our vast planet. You will definitely find the same followers both in Russia and abroad. Wherever two or three are gathered together in my name, as Jesus said, there I am in the midst of them (Matthew 18: 20).Today, the Lord continues to lead people out of all existing religions and organizations on earth.The temple is Jesus Christ, not the buildings. Do you not know that you are God's temple( that is, living people who are building a spiritual temple, because you are living stones) and that the buildings of temples and churches are dead stones) and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?(1 Corinthians 3: 16). After all, Christ did not enter a holy place (buildings) made by human hands, arranged in the image of the true one, but into heaven itself, in order to appear for us before the face of God.(Hebrews 9: 24). Christ appeared as the high priest of the blessings that came, and through a greater and more perfect tent, made not by the hands of man, that is, of another creation.(Hebrews 9: 11).The former temple was material, and the new temple was spiritual.The old temple was built of dead stones, but now we are talking about living stones, as we read in 1 Peter 2: 2-5: “When you come to him (Jesus), a living stone, rejected by men, but chosen by God, precious, 5 and yourselves, as living stones, build yourselves a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”The Old Testament ministry was connected with earthly promises, and the New Testament ministry was connected with heavenly promises, Heb.11: 16: “but they sought the best, that is, the heavenly things; therefore God is not ashamed of them, calling himself their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”

    But it is written more precisely and clearly about the heavenly blessing that the children of God have in Ephesians 1: 3: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in heaven.”According to the old Levitical order, in the Old Testament ministry, animals were constantly sacrificed. But in the New Testament ministry we have only the blood of Jesus, who gave Himself once and for all for us, as we read in Hebrews 9: 12 :” And not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own Blood, he entered once and for all into the holy place and obtained eternal redemption.”

  4. HOW TO SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD? – BREAK THE RELIGIOUS VEIL”

    Everything I say is not spoken of myself, but according to the word of God, which is the TRUTH and the TRUTH sets us free. Do you not know that you are God's temple and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?(1 Corinthians 3: 16). God destroyed the temple at the hands of the Romans and created the temple in man. So we read: And Jesus went out and went away from the temple. And his disciples came to show Him the buildings of the temple. But Jesus said to them, ” Do you see all these things? Verily I say unto you, not one stone shall be left here upon another; all things shall be destroyed.”(Matthew 24: 1,2). And Jesus ' words came true. in the 70th year, the temple was destroyed by the Romans to the ground. Therefore, it makes no sense to look for the Lord in buildings with domes and crosses.For Christ did not enter into the sanctuary made with hands, which was made in the image of the true one, but into heaven itself, that he might now appear before God for us.(Hebrews 9: 24).

  5. The kingdom of God is truly inherited only by believers who believe in the vicarious significance of the death of Jesus Christ. Such believers do not live by themselves and their carnal desires, but by Jesus Christ, fulfilling His commandments. As for “not being allowed to enter the Temple,” it should be noted that many New Testament believers to whom the apostles wrote their New Testament epistles also did not go to the Temple. For them, the church (ecclesia in Greek, translated as an assembly of people) was not a temple, but a community, a gathering of believers. The holy scriptures of the New Testament do not command visiting the Temple anywhere, but they do command “not to leave your congregation.” The temple and the assembly are not the same thing. There may be a temple without a meeting (then there is nothing to do there), or there may be a meeting without a Temple. Thus, first you need to deal with this issue, perhaps you are not allowed to enter the Temple at all evil.

  6. Your question, anticipating it, was answered by Jesus Christ Himself: -” … Woe to the world because of temptations, for temptations must come … From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of heaven is being taken by force, and [only !!! those who use effort delight him …”

    So, you will have to work hard, because we know from the saints of God that God does not give man temptation more than his strength!

  7. God never forgives anyone for nothing. The penalty for sin is death. And we are saved only by faith in Jesus Christ, who offered a sacrifice for each of our sins (he was punished in our stead), freeing us from responsibility. If you don't believe in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, and don't do what he told you to do, you will perish in your sins. And attending the Liturgy is one of the obligatory rules for a Christian.

  8. Faith should be in your heart and mind, and what does the temple have to do with it? Now it is not advisable to visit public places, there is a pandemic, but this does not mean that faith will disappear due to the threat of infection. Faith appears and is strengthened by knowledge. Learn more from the Bible about God's excellent qualities , His kind, caring attitude towards people,and His promises. About his son, whose life he paid for you, too. This not only gives strength to faith, but also a sense of gratitude and appreciation. It is necessary to do this at home and pray, Jesus said-go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father in secret. The evil One has no power over you unless you allow it.

    If a believer feels that he is doing something wrong, he should tell God Almighty about it in prayer, sincerely repent and correct himself, and be forgiven.

  9. The devil can only act to the extent that the person himself allows it. If the devil messed up someone's brain, then that person gave him the opportunity to do so.

    And if a person sincerely strives for God, then the devil will be powerless, because the almighty God will help the person. And God is always ready to help a person, if only the person will allow Him to do it.

  10. God is Most Merciful. He forgives our many sins, and does so an infinite number of times, if we sincerely repent (lament) for our sins, and also accept Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as our Savior by faith.

    Now about attending the services. A temple is just a building. And the church is already a broader concept. This is a religious community of Christians united by a common faith in Jesus Christ as God and Savior, who is the creator and head of the church (Wikipedia).

    Do I need to go to church? Yes. In the true faith, which is based entirely on the Bible, where all the 10 commandments of God are observed. Perhaps it is not the evil one, but the Holy Spirit that tells you that the church where you can't (or don't want to) go is false?

    According to the Bible, the church was established by God Himself. It is called ” The Church of God.” 20: 28; 1 Corinthians 1: 2). Jesus gave the church Divine authority (see Matthew 18: 17,18). Christ is the head of the church because the church is His body.

    Here's what Paul writes about going to church::

    “Let us not forsake our assembly, as is the custom of some; but let us exhort one another, and the more so, the more you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10: 25).

    And this is how Christians lived in the early Church:

    “…they were constantly in … in communion, in the breaking of bread, and in prayer… Yet the believers were together and had everything in common. And they sold their possessions and all their possessions, and divided them among all, according to the need of each. And every day they continued with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house…” 2:42,44-46).

    A service held by a church (remember that it is not the building itself that is meant, but an association of believers who profess common spiritual values and adhere to a certain, postulated theological teaching, a dogma of the interpretation of the Bible, a set of rules, etc.) has a beneficial effect on believers.

    Not all churches have a temple, but gather in small groups at home. There we can worship Christ together, be more filled with the Holy Spirit, be in a close and friendly atmosphere, and bear the burdens of our fellow men.

    The Epistle to the Ephesians contains these words::

    “And he appointed some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, some as pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of ministry, for the building up of the Body of Christ, until we all come to the unity of the faith and knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the full stature of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-13).

    Here it is said that for the building up of the Body of Christ (the church), for its knowledge, one person is not enough, but different gifts and ministries are needed. Read this message further – and it will talk about the interaction of people as members of one organism.

    Think about what exactly keeps you out of church? After all, it all depends on the reasons. If you are hindered by work/study/just lack of time/laziness-then most likely this is not even a sin in itself, but a consequence of another sin (violation of the sanctity of the day of rest, unbelief, etc.). However, if you cannot attend meetings for reasons of prohibitions on the part of your spouse/parents/state/health reasons – then this is not a sin, but the circumstances of our life in this fallen and cruel world. And the Lord understands this (after all, He is our loving Father, not our strict angry director).

    Just pray, read, meditate, and communicate with the Lord! And in due time, He will show you what to do next!!!

    God's blessings to you!

  11. God will forgive anyone who sincerely wants Him to forgive him, and will start doing something so that they will no longer do what they ask for forgiveness for. The evil One messed up the brains of all people without exception. He even tried to fool Christ, but he didn't take it out. But outside the church without confession and communion, of course, it will be much more difficult for you to change.

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