I regret being off line for awhile but it was not in my control due to being out of sorts, but I will try to keep this publication going unless I lose my ability to produce,
Except in some local cases, church information and events are not usually well publicized, and this inhibits discussion about important communication and events concerning the Church and the truths which she faithfully preserves and protects. Concerning these things we are all partly responsible, this being an important duty. The Orthodox Church is unique in that for over nearly twenty centuries she has faithfully preserved the entire Christian body of truth never corrupting the God blessed canons and dogmatic teaching to any of the errors which accompany the many false teachings which are in circulation throughout the world. The true doctrine will always be subject to attacks for the church is very important being the most blessed and God-headed source of true Christian doctrine which the evil one always seeks to destroy. For the Church is. most blessed being the only source of divinely given truths. It is not just another institution for it is truly the divine and human Body of Christ who is alone our Head. Orthodoxy is known as the Church of the Seven Ecumenical Synod, in fact she is the source and treasury of the all the divine canons formalize by other synods, which support doctrine and she remains as the firm defender of all canons `and doctrines. Few among the clergy are apt to teach the people what the Church and its purpose is meant to be which is a great loss. Going to Church is good but hardly sufficient.. Every member of the Church has a sacred need to know what his or her function is and what is his personal goal so as to be able to fulfill his own duties. and so receive adequate wages in the end. The Church is not just a place in which we gather to worship once a week, The Church is not a place but constitutes a faithful living people. Properly speaking the building in which we hold services is not the church but is the naos or temple in which the church gathers at certain times. So what ought to be understood that is missing in many churches? What is the proper function and important goal of the Church? This is vital knowledge which hierarchs ought to be teaching but are seeking unity by heretical ecumenism which only corrupts the truth. In the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, the Lord says: “Let us create man in our own image and likeness,” This is the key which unlocks divine treasures. It does not refer to the first man Adam, who was created in the image only, but not the likeness of God. The image and likeness refers to the first man, who will be the perfect image and likeness of God,, who is our Lord Jesus Christ, being the perfect image and likeness of God. Genesis says of Adam: “And God formed man in His own image, in the image of God made He him, (Gen,1:27)
Concerning the new man, God said: “Let us create man in our own image and after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea . . . . . .” We would come to know Him well, for He alone is the perfect man, image and likeness of God. The perfect man is the new man who alone is perfect and holy. This is the man whom we are destined to become in our brief period on earth. For to become like Christ is to become like God, in His image and likeness.