Today, unfortunately, a lot of people do not live according to the Word of God and the commandments of Eastern Orthodox Church and, thus, do not walk on the path to salvation. This is the greatest tragedy of our generation.
Where will you experience your eternal life? Will you be with God or will you be separated from God? The answer to these questions depends on you. Eastern Orthodox Church clearly show that the only way to show love towards God and desire to be with God , is to obey God’s Word and clean the soul through prayer, fasting, repentance, and taking Holy Communion.
If you don’t understand some things about Eastern Orthodox faith or you want to study the Word of God with other Orthodox Christians, you are always welcome to come to Bible study. The Bible study has two aims. The first aim is allow Orthodox Christians to study in group the Word of God since the Lord Jesus Christ Himself said, ”For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). The second aim is to explain the ways that lead to God and eternal life to those people who are beginners in Eastern Orthodox faith.
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How to be with God?Before this question gets answered, it is important to understand that God has absolute and complete love towards mankind. God’s absolute and complete love was clearly shown when “He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). In other words, the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, sacrificed Himself on the cross and destroyed the power of death and sin, so that people can be with God forever. To explain this great act of God even more clearly, imagine that your friend, whom you love so dearly, gets a speeding ticket. Unfortunately, your friend is very poor and, thus, unable to pay the fine. Since you have great love towards your friend, you decide to pay the fine. In other words, you pay for your friend’s misdeed. This is basically what God did on the cross. Every person is mortal and sinful because sin had entered mankind’s nature through Adam’s and Eve’s disobedience towards God. God’s Holy Law clearly states, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). But, God does not want mankind to be separated from Him since separation from God means eternal damnation. Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God and Man, sacrificed Himself on the cross to pay for our sins and to free us from the bondage of sin and death.
So, it’s obvious that God’s plan for the salvation of mankind is driven by His absolute and complete love. Since God’s love is perfect, He does not want to force anybody to love Him back. He does not want to force anybody to show love towards Him by being holy. That is to say, if some person truly loves God and wants to be with Him eternally, that person will show love towards God by being holy before Him. God wants us to choose to live holy lives before Him because that is the meaning of perfect love towards God. This is clearly mentioned in many Biblical verses, such as: ”If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15) and ”Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). Therefore, the only way to show our love and faith towards God and desire to be with Him after our earthly death is to obey the Word of God and the commandments of Eastern Orthodox Church. The Lord Jesus Christ clearly showed this through Holy Fathers and Apostles. We study the Word of God by reading the Bible, the writings of Holy Fathers, and attending Liturgies. The commandments of Eastern Orthodox Church clearly show that one must be baptized first, and, then, clean the soul through fasting, praying, confessing sins regularly to the priest, and taking Holy Communion. A lot of people say, “I don’t have time for this” or “this is too hard”. But, one has to remember that salvation of one’s soul is the number one priority, just like the Lord Jesus Christ said, ”What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). Also, one has to into account the fact that any kind of achievement in life requires work; so, in the same way, to be clean and holy before God, requires work on our side. There is no need to be afraid to walk on the path of holiness since the help of Holy Spirit is promised to those who walk on the holy path of salvation. God loves us completely and He will always guide us. Unfortunately, there are people who call themselves Eastern Orthodox, but they don’t lead lives according to the Word of God and the commandments of Eastern Orthodox Church. In other words, they don’t lead holy lives. Such people must not weaken one’s faith in God. The Lord Jesus Christ clearly said that such people would show up. Our goal is to watch our soul, our heart, and to lead holy lives by obeying the Word of God and the commandments of Eastern Orthodox Church.
Today, it is so sad that a lot of people do not choose to be with God, but choose the path to eternal damnation. A lot of people don’t have Christ in their hearts. This is so sad. It is so depressing to see so many horrible sins, such as violence, swearing, fornication (sex before marriage), abortion, lying, and other horrible sins. Such sins separate people from God. The only way to be with God is to lead holy and Godly lives by obeying the Word of God and the commandments of Eastern Orthodox Church. Holy and Godly life will lead us to Kingdom of Heaven after earthly death.