Fasting According to the Scriptures

Fasting According to the Scriptures

The spiritual discipline of fasting has been part of religious life since the very beginning. In Paradise, the Lord commands Adam (Gen. 2:16–17): From every tree that is in the paradise you may eat for food, but from the tree for knowing good and evil, you will not eat from it. And on whichever day […]

Theosis: The Orthodox Doctrine of Salvation

Theosis, the Orthodox Doctrine of Salvation

From a traditional, Orthodox perspective, the doctrine of “deification” or “theosis” is essentially a doctrine of “salvation,” or what the 19th century Russian hermit, Seraphim of Sarov, called “acquisition of the Holy Spirit.” In contra-distinction from the recent Mormon heterodoxy of “exaltation” or “eternal progression,” the Orthodox doctrine of theosis teaches that man can be […]