Welcome to the: * Gospel * Outreach * Download * System Node #2
Welcome wishes are given to each newcomer, and we pray that you, as a newcomer, will find a wealth of spiritual growth as you study the many books of the Holy Bible, and read some of the many articles which are presented here online. This BBS and others like it provide an important tool whereby we all, during our devotional times, can study the Word of God.
There are articles which will help you become familiar with 'What is Christianity?', 'What is the Divine Liturgy?', or 'How does one become a Christian?'. These articles are important reading for those not familiar with any or all aspects of being a Christian. To access these articles, Select the <S>tudy Area, and use our powerful text pager and Keyword Search Mechanisms. A tutorial is going to become available to show us all how to use the Keyword Search feature, within the pager. The purpose of this BBS is to present the Word of God, the Love of Christ, the meaning of the sacrifice in which our Lord Jesus Christ died for us on the Cross at Calvary, and to bring each person closer in their relationship with God during each passing day. May all of you find the Love, Grace, and Peace of Christ within the Word of God. Truly there is no greater commandment than 'Love your neighbor as yourself.', for good works are dead if 'Agape' Love is not present in our hearts. God's time for us is best spent by being servants of God's will. Let us spend our time in God's time and not in unprofitable time. In the 'Christian Issues and Doctrine Section', we are presented with a text file containing our morning prayers. In them, we beseech God not to punish us for being idlers, sinners, and unprofitable servants, but to feed us with His strength so that we become able to be cleansed from our indifferences, our darkened hearts, our wickedness, and our laziness. There after, we ask God in our prayers to strengthen us to be doers of His will, to take away our idleness, and to awaken us to light up God's lamp of pure 'Agape' Love in our hearts with the Light of God's Kingdom.
You will notice that the term 'Orthodox Church' is used throughout certain banks of Articles. Many people who do not know about this term, confuse us with having identical beliefs and ways with the Roman Catholic Church and think that those who are 'Orthodox Christians' are just a member of a different sect of Roman Catholicism. Such is ABSOLUTELY a MISTAKEN impression. The Eastern Orthodox Church traces its history all the way back to the time that our Lord Jesus declared: 'Go forth and teach all the people, Baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.', and indeed encompasses the whole time during which our Lord had His ministry here on Earth. The Eastern Orthodox Church has a rich history, and has been charged by God to keep the faith pure. The Orthodox Church has as its head our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit guides the Church. The Holy Eastern Orthodox Church is not a denomination among many Christian Churches, but is specifically the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Does this mean that because we call ourselves Catholic, that we prove that we are a part of the Roman Catholic Church? No, rather the term Catholic is taken from a Greek word meaning 'Universal'. The Holy Eastern Orthodox Church is undivided, and is the original Universal Church. In the Catechism, which is online, a great deal of information is given on what Orthodox Christians believe in the Faith. To be developed shall be several articles about Church History, in which the Schism of the Roman Catholic Church from the Eastern Orthodox Church is to be discussed. In these articles we will all learn a great deal about what caused the Schism and how the direct result of this event led to the Reformation and Counter-Reformation movements within the structure of the resultant Roman Catholic Church, leading to the birth of many divisions, causing myriads of denominations each holding its own belief about the truth, and as a result giving birth to many heresies. 'A House divided against itself cannot stand.' We should learn to apply this in our thinking about 'which' denomination we would pick as our Church Home. Orthodoxy does not know division, but jealously guards the Word of God, keeping it pure for all Ages. We all owe it to ourselves to learn as much as we can about the True Church of Jesus Christ; the Holy Orthodox Church.
To clarify, the attributes of the True Church of Jesus Christ are: 1. That it is One, 2. That it is Holy, 3. That it is Catholic (Universal), 4. That it is Apostolic, 5. That it is the Church born from Christ Himself. 6. That it is Headed by Christ Himself. 7. That it is protected from error by the Grace of the Holy Ghost.
Only Christ the Judge, our Judge, knows who truly is or is not a member of His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. In ending this introduction, there are several things to keep in mind: The Gospel Outreach Download System is NOT God. The Gospel Outreach Download System is NOT a Church. The Gospel Outreach Download System is NOT a Priest. The Gospel Outreach Download System is NOT a Bishop. The Gospel Outreach Download System is NOT a Patriarch. The Gospel Outreach Download System is NOT an Archdiocese. The Gospel Outreach Download System is NOT a substitute for any above. The Gospel Outreach Download System IS a medium through which to learn. The Gospel Outreach Download System IS a medium through which to grow. The Gospel Outreach Download System IS a medium through which to explore the Faith. Once you feel ready to become an Orthodox Christian, or feel you have questions about the Faith, do not rely on this BBS, but instead visit your local Priest at the Greek Orthodox Church, or the Orthodox Church in America in your neighborhood. Unfortunately, you may need to travel a long distance to find your Orthodox Home; but it is well worth the effort, and maybe, someday soon you will help to create a new parish in your home town, or bring a protestant or Roman Catholic Parish to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. The Rules of this system are simple to say: Follow God's Word, and act accordingly. Do not break any Federal, State, or Local laws in the use of this system. Do shine forth 'Agape' Love. Any use contrary to the above will not be tolerated. So, now that we have stated the rules, let us not become stiff or formal! We do not stand on ceremony. Come as you are, and participate! Again, welcome and May our Lord Bless you and keep you in His Grace, and may the Peace of the Holy Spirit be with you, now and for ever, and from all Ages to all Ages. Amen.