Orthodox Church Quotes on Abortion, Baptism, Bible, and Birth Control

by Matt Slick

  1. Abortion
    1. Abortion Condemned: "Abortion, on the other hand, is unambiguously condemned in Orthodox moral teaching. We do not have the right to destroy human life." (Ware, Timothy (1993-04-29). The Orthodox Church (Kindle Locations 4608-4609). Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition., p. 296)
  2. Baptism
    1. How to baptize properly:  "There are two essential elements in the act of Baptism: the invocation of the Name of the Trinity, and the threefold immersion in water. The priest says, ‘The servant of God [name] is baptized into the Name of the Father, Amen. And of the Son, Amen. And of the Holy Spirit, Amen.’ As the name of each person in the Trinity is mentioned, the priest immerses the child in the font, either plunging it entirely under the water, or at any rate pouring water over the whole of its body." (Ware, Timothy (1993-04-29). The Orthodox Church (Kindle Locations 4301-4304). Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition., p. 277)
    2. Sprinkling is invalid: "Baptism by infusion (when the water is merely poured over part of the body) is permitted in special cases; but Baptism by sprinkling or smearing is quite simply not real Baptism at all." (Ware, Timothy (1993-04-29). The Orthodox Church (Kindle Locations 4313-4314). Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition., p. 278)
    3. Sprinkling permitted in emergencies: "Orthodoxy practices the ancient custom of the Church, which calls for triple-immersion in water. Pouring or sprinkling can be used only in emergencies, or at the point of death. We baptize infants, whom God chooses to be members of His People, and adults who have never been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity." (Grube, Fr. George (2012-08-19). The Orthodox Church A to Z (Kindle Locations 3271-3273). Light and Life Publishing, http://www.light-n-life.com. Kindle Edition.)
    4. Forgiveness through baptism: "Through Baptism we receive a full forgiveness of all sin, whether original or actual." (Ware, Timothy (1993-04-29). The Orthodox Church (Kindle Locations 4314-4315). Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition. p. 278)
    5. Saved from sin through baptism: "we have been saved from sin and death through baptism." (Coniaris, Anthony M. (2010-12-29). Introducing the Orthodox Church: Its Faith and Life (Kindle Location 1602). Light & Life Publishing Company: www.light-n-life.com. Kindle Edition.)
  3. Bible
    1. The Bible is protected by the Orthodox Church: "The Orthodox Church is the Mother of Holy Scripture. It is she who protects this supreme manifestation of God’s revelation to all mankind." (Grube, Fr. George (2012-08-19). The Orthodox Church A to Z (Kindle Location 4479). Light and Life Publishing, http://www.light-n-life.com. Kindle Edition.)
    2. The Bible is a part of Tradition: "Note that the Bible forms a part of Tradition. Sometimes Tradition is defined as the oral teaching of Christ, not recorded in writing by His immediate disciples. Not only non-Orthodox but many Orthodox writers have adopted this way of speaking, treating Scripture and Tradition as two different things, two distinct sources of the Christian faith. But in reality there is only one source, since Scripture exists within Tradition. To separate and contrast the two is to impoverish the idea of both alike." (Ware, Timothy (1993-04-29). The Orthodox Church (Kindle Locations 3064-3068). Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition. p. 196)
    3. Bible derives its authority from the Church: "It is from the Church that the Bible ultimately derives its authority, for it was the Church which originally decided which books form a part of Holy Scripture; and it is the Church alone which can interpret Holy Scripture with authority." (Ware, Timothy (1993-04-29). The Orthodox Church (Kindle Locations 3109-3111). Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition. p. 199)
    4. Must understand Scripture in accordance with Eastern orthodoxy: "When received into the Orthodox Church, a convert promises, ‘I will accept and understand Holy Scripture in accordance with the interpretation which was and is held by the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church of the East, our Mother."  (Ware, Timothy (1993-04-29). The Orthodox Church (Kindle Locations 3114-3115). Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition. p. 200)
    5. BOOKS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT   Historical Books   Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Kings, 2 Kings, 3 Kings, 4 Kings, 1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, 1 Esdras, 2 Esdras, Nehemiah, Tobit, Judith, Esther, 1 2 3 Maccabees, Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, wisdom of Solomon, Wisdom of Sirach, Amos, Hosea, Micah, Joel, Obadiah, Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah,Malachi, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Baruch, Lamentations of Jeremiah, Epistle of Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Haggai, Zechariah." (Grube, Fr. George (2012-08-19). The Orthodox Church A to Z (Kindle Locations 4538-4688). Light and Life Publishing, http://www.light-n-life.com. Kindle Edition.)
    6. BOOKS OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, 1 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 2 Thessalonians, 1 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 2 Peter, 1 2 3 John, Jude, revelation." (Grube, Fr. George (2012-08-19). The Orthodox Church A to Z (Kindle Location 4712-4790). Light and Life Publishing, http://www.light-n-life.com. Kindle Edition.)
  4. Birth Control
    1. Birth Control Permitted: "Concerning contraceptives and other forms of birth control, differing opinions exist within the Orthodox Church. In the past birth control was in general strongly condemned, but today a less strict view is coming to prevail, not only in the west but in traditional Orthodox countries. Many Orthodox theologians and spiritual fathers consider that the responsible use of contraception within marriage is not in itself sinful." (Ware, Timothy (1993-04-29). The Orthodox Church (Kindle Locations 4604-4607). Penguin Books Ltd. Kindle Edition. p. 296)

 

 

 

 
 
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