The idea about the predestination of time involves an alienated understanding of time, as the Stoics or, as in Calvinism. This is obviously not Orthodox, because an Orthodox person time is not an object. No man lives in time, and we’re on our own there is a modus of time. The relation of time to eternity does not mean that there is one future. Any time of eternity contains an infinite number of future, otherwise eternity would be simple and stupid, not forever, and its simulacrum. A real eternity is alive. The life of the next century is not what will happen “the day after tomorrow”. The life of the next century is a special ontology and cosmology, which we understand in the light of the resurrection is not just a reproduction of the same body, resurrection is a new in all respects time is permeated with eternity.
There are many reasons why the “Philadelphia plan” apocalyptic the restoration of Church Unity, understood solely in the Orthodox sense, may seem utopian. The Church today like never before far away not only from enterprises, but is constantly under the threat of further fragmentation and progressive collapse. Dark heresy liberal reforms, blatant aggression of the West antichrist fall on this ship of Salvation with a new unprecedented power. It seems that would be enough forces to preserve what is left, where there is dreaming of Rebirth…
Why the US activity in the area of our direct strategic interests? There are several reasons. After Brexit there is a clear weakening of the Atlanticists – with all the pressure from Washington, the British withdrew from the EU and weaken Europe’s Anglo-Saxon influence. This strengthens the position of continental European forces, and, most importantly, it again underscores the importance of Russia as an alternative pole. It becomes obvious to all. Therefore, the Americans began to fuss and began to carry out an audit of its anti-Russian vassals – as if they did not succumb to the tranquil charm of a sovereign Russia. Moreover, the statements of Jean-Claude Juncker that an alien civilization is extremely disappointed with the EU, has finally demonstrated: the European Union, with its tolerance for Mcdonalds and other satanic perversions has finally lost the last vestiges of rationality and become really scary.
Today we are witnessing a historic event – the visit of the Russian President, President Vladimir Putin and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill, together on Holy mount Athos, Panteleimon monastery – the cradle of Russian monkhood to honor the Millennium of the Russian presence on mount Athos.
The symbolism of this event is enormous. For the first time in the history of Russia of the head of the Russian state and the Russian Church together visited Athos, the Holy Mountain. Athos is the cradle of the Byzantine spirit.
Russell Martin is a professor of History at Westminster College focusing on autocracy, marriage, power and the Romanov dynasty in early modern Russia. He is the author of many books and articles. His most recent book is A Bride for the Tsar: Bride-Shows and Marriage Politics in Early Modern Russia.
Thus, it should be grasped that the Orthodox Church, similarly to the Shiite trend in Islam, is not subject to the strict division into exoteric and esoteric levels, this being true at least on the level of its archetypal organization of the sacred system. However, this does not mean that all of Orthodoxy is esoteric or that all the Orthodox are esotericists. Without a doubt, the division of “internal” and “external” planes is maintained in Orthodoxy as it is everywhere else depending on the personal qualities and “spiritual caste” of this or that human being. However, in our case, this division is not formalized, and the degree of initiatic quality depends exclusively on the internal nature of the believer and his efforts to realize his given spiritual possibilities.
Patriarch of Moscow and Pope meet.