Some opinion from Russia
- Dear list,
Today I had a very interesting conversation with one of my best
friend in Russia.
I told her about my sorrow and shame regarding the betrayal of the
ROCOR. Her answer was: Irina, in Russia, people are so lost and
miserable that the church (the MP) is a refuge. They do not
understand the difference between duxhovnost and dushevnost. This
kind of knowledge needs some spiritual education and instinct.
Eighty years of godlessness killed their instinct. . They have been
deceived in everything. The only thing they want is to cling to
something tangible. Now they can go to churches, pray and believe
without fear. They do not care that the patriarch and his bishops
are corrupted. They want a church and they have it. They are so
relieved to have something to worship that they think does not
belong to this materialistic world, to politics, etc. Moreover,
they are convinced that this church (MP) is a protection against the
garbage coming from the west.
My answer was: yes, I understand but this is why I am so
devastated. The MP never renounced its errors truly and sincerely
in an orthodox way. So it was the ROCOR's duty (dolg') to be the
lighthouse of the Truth and show the way. She could not compromise
(they call this "engaging in a dialogue") with a pseudo-church,
which at one point decided with the secular power (communist) which
churches can be destroyed and which saved - can you imagine the
apostles making such deals with the Roman emperors? (someone
knowledgeable whispered this to me).
Saul of Tarse, the persecutor of Christians, showed the example on
his way to Damas, when he fell from his horse and became St Paul,
the Apostle. No lengthy, complicated, contradictory discussions are
needed. Metanoia is turning your back completely and be reborn
To this, my friend replied: Unfortunately, no one is strong enough
nowadays. We live in world with no spirituality, a world of
decadence we are nearing the end of times. People are
contaminated and strong statements frighten them. So they prefer
something that do not disturb them too much. In other words, a bad,
weak, human church is better than the True One who is too (in their
I do hope that those who wanted to change subject will not be too
much offended (or bored) by this mail. Please forgive me if you are.
PS: It is midnight (Brussels time) and everywhere the firecrackers
are sparkling I wish you all a very good new year 2004.