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  1. This would be a perfectly logical conclusion for Protestant heretics. There is social success, honestly earned wealth-just an indicator that you are going the right way, comrade, so God supports you.

    And in Orthodoxy – why on earth. In Orthodoxy, earthly well-being is not a topic at all; – the goal is salvation in eternal life, in the next world, and everything that is vital (in terms of success/well-being/well-being) is nonsense, trifles and ten-step nonsense.

  2. The phrase “We are Russians, God is with us” was not descriptive, but motivational. Let me remind you, said her Suvorov-his task was to maintain morale in the soldiers.�

    In the future, it was mythologized, as well as the image of Suvorov.

  3. Once again, the myth of “low standard of living” and “Poor social indicators”.

    There is a concept of “Standard of living” and “quality of life”. And the quality of life is determined not only by income, security. It is also a level of inner peace and contentment. Monks don't have anything of their own at all, but they feel God, peace… So even poverty does not cancel the phrase “God is with us”, and in Russia, prosperity is not so bad.

  4. You're absolutely right. Of course, God, or rather the gods, did not bring happiness to the people for thousands of years of domination in Russia.

    The two canonical gods in Christianity are God the son of Christ and his father, God Jehovah/Sabaoth (Judaism).

    And judging by the way of life-drunkenness, gluttony. adultery, theft, corruption, making idols out of scumbag football players, for example-most will go straight to Hell. And there are more than 90% of them.

    Why is that? Maybe the gods are not the same, and we are “terrible on the face, but kind inside”?

    One contemporary historian said: “Put a strange god in your head and you will become a slave to the people who created this god.”

  5. It doesn't mean anything. First, detractors often underestimate our life indicators. Secondly, the quality of life depends primarily on people themselves, not on God. And third, God is interested in something more important in this world than bureaucratic indicators.

  6. If Russia has such a low standard of living and poor social indicators, does it mean that the phrase “We are Russians, God is with us” does not correspond to reality?

    Whether God is with the nation or not is not always possible to determine by the level of material life and social indicators.

    In general, God does not dwell with any one nation, on the contrary-He called to Himself from different nations and created a people from them..The people of God. And if someone tries to nationalize God and tie Him to some nation ( other than the Jewish one, but this is another question, and not so simple), then he is simply mistaken.

  7. “We are Russians, God is with us” is a way of contrasting “our own” and “others”, that is, those whom God does not help. A normal way, described for hundreds of years by sociologists of various schools, of consolidating the “mother group”, protecting its everyday “life world” from outsiders who act as a consolidating danger group (very well described in a short essay by Alfred Schutz “The Outsider” or in books by Mary Douglas, such as “Purity and Danger”). The use of the image of God for military purposes was actively supported by Hasek, mocking the fact that, according to propagandists, God helps the German and Austrian troops, but for some reason does not help the enemy.

    And a thousand years ago, other concepts were used for the same purposes. For example, it is known that ancient people and antediluvian tribes that have survived to our time often use the word “person” to refer to their loved ones. Outsiders are called whatever you want: black-footed, cephalopod, pale-faced… The Slavs, for example, called everyone who lives west of them mute (and why are they such fools, in our language they can not speak?!), that is, “Germans” (in Czech, for example, Germany will still be Německo). In Russia, the concept of “truth”was also used for this purpose. For example, in the chronicles you can find phrases like: And the Novgorodians of Pskov won, because behind us was St. Sophia and our truth, Novgorod!

  8. In the USSR, before the Great Patriotic War, there was a so-called “godless five-year plan”, when the state planned to finally abandon religious remnants during this period. As a result, by the beginning of the war, the Russian Orthodox Church was on the verge of complete destruction, but after the state realized that people lacked morale and fighting spirit at the front and decided to stop openly radical persecution of the church. What am I getting at? To the fact that religion is remembered in our country when it is necessary to direct the masses in a specific direction, whether it is a war or something else.

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