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Λευιτικὸν Κεφὰλαιον ΙΘʹ:19
This morning, the day after the celebration of the Orthodox Church’s Triumph over heresy, I found myself in a position of having to defend the Faith against, sadly and ironically, a fourth-year seminarian who has fallen into heresy in many areas of the Faith. As he stated his case against the Church’s teaching on ὁ διάβολος and supported his position that abortion is not caused by ὁ διάβολος, he informed me that evil isn’t a πρόσωπον.
“The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist.”
Trust me, I know this is ridiculous, but it is a position he has chosen to take in order to justify his political stance of supporting Hillary Clinton (and no, he is not an American citizen…see how ridiculous this is?) and yet be free from cognitive dissonance due to his alleged profession of Orthodox Christianity.
Carrying on, he said and inferred that certain teachings (let’s say, the Church’s traditional teaching on demons) need to be reinterprted, to which I disagreed (q.v. ΠΑΡΟΙΜΙΑΙ ΚΒʹ:28), exposing his secular φρόνημα as a postmodern demythologizing of the Church; he responds to me in the classic ignorant seminarian way by invoking the Canons (even though I know very few who have ever read them, those non-readers of the Canons sure like to bring them up), when that doesn’t destroy my position due to the fact that I actually read and understand what the Canons are he resorts to the ultimate in, ironically, atheist bullshit arguments, the anti-Christian social justice warrior’s perceived ace in the hole, the progressive heterodox christian’s Sirens’ Call: Leviticus. Specifically Leviticus 19:19d.
There is no need for me to write in opposition to this argument, as it has been already been done by Orthodox and conservative heterodox Christians already. Below I will simple supply some links.
<<οἶδα ὅτι σπέρμα ᾿Αβραάμ ἐστε· ἀλλὰ ζητεῖτέ με ἀποκτεῖναι, ὅτι ὁ λόγος ὁ ἐμὸς οὐ χωρεῖ ἐν ὑμῖν. ἐγὼ ὃ ἑώρακα παρὰ τῷ πατρί μου λαλῶ· καὶ ὑμεῖς οὖν ὃ ἑωράκατε παρὰ τῷ πατρὶ ὑμῶν ποιεῖτε. ἀπεκρίθησαν καὶ εἶπον αὐτῷ· ὁ πατὴρ ἡμῶν ᾿Αβραάμ ἐστι. λέγει αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦσ· εἰ τέκνα τοῦ ᾿Αβραὰμ ἦτε, τὰ ἔργα τοῦ ᾿Αβραὰμ ἐποιεῖτε. νῦν δὲ ζητεῖτέ με ἀποκτεῖναι, ἄνθρωπον ὃς τὴν ἀλήθειαν ὑμῖν λελάληκα, ἣν ἤκουσα παρὰ τοῦ Θεοῦ· τοῦτο ᾿Αβραὰμ οὐκ ἐποίησεν. ὑμεῖς ποιεῖτε τὰ ἔργα τοῦ πατρὸς ὑμῶν. εἶπον οὖν αὐτῷ· ἡμεῖς ἐκ πορνείας οὐ γεγεννήμεθα· ἕνα πατέρα ἔχομεν, τὸν Θεόν. εἶπεν οὖν αὐτοῖς ὁ ᾿Ιησοῦσ· εἰ ὁ Θεὸς πατὴρ ὑμῶν ἦν, ἠγαπᾶτε ἂν ἐμέ· ἐγὼ γὰρ ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐξῆλθον καὶ ἥκω· οὐδὲ γὰρ ἀπ᾽ ἐμαυτοῦ ἐλήλυθα, ἀλλ᾽ ἐκεῖνός με ἀπέστειλε. διατί τὴν λαλιὰν τὴν ἐμὴν οὐ γινώσκετε; ὅτι οὐ δύνασθε ἀκούειν τὸν λόγον τὸν ἐμόν. ὑμεῖς ἐκ τοῦ πατρὸς τοῦ διαβόλου ἐστέ, καὶ τὰς ἐπιθυμίας τοῦ πατρὸς ὑμῶν θέλετε ποιεῖν. ἐκεῖνος ἀνθρωποκτόνος ἦν ἀπ᾽ ἀρχῆς καὶ ἐν τῇ ἀληθείᾳ οὐχ ἕστηκεν, ὅτι οὐκ ἔστιν ἀλήθεια ἐν αὐτῷ· ὅταν λαλῇ τὸ ψεῦδος, ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων λαλεῖ, ὅτι ψεύστης ἐστὶ καὶ ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ. ἐγὼ δὲ ὅτι τὴν ἀλήθειαν λέγω, οὐ πιστεύετέ μοι. τίς ἐξ ὑμῶν ἐλέγχει με περὶ ἁμαρτίας; εἰ δὲ ἀλήθειαν λέγω, διατί ὑμεῖς οὐ πιστεύετέ μοι; ὁ ὢν ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ τὰ ῥήματα τοῦ Θεοῦ ἀκούει· διὰ τοῦτο ὑμεῖς οὐκ ἀκούετε, ὅτι ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ οὐκ ἐστέ.>>
PTNT ΚΑΤΑ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΝ Ηʹ:43-45