The Orthodox Tradition and the Other Religions
During the evening sermons of our local Church, on Sunday afternoon, November 26, 2017, in the Church of our Holy Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker took place the weekly preaching on the subject of “The Orthodox Tradition and the Other Religions.” The preaching was made by father Evangelos Koutras.
In his speech, his Eminence, the Bishop of Corfu, Paxoi and Diapontian Islands, mr. Nektarios underlined the importance of Christians receiving correct information about the false teachings and the numerous heresies which exist in our country today, at a time of confusion, mental and moral decline. The most important is for the Orthodox Christian to know the doctrines of our Faith and participate in the Liturgical Life of the Church.
Therefore, he will receive the Body and the Blood of Christ and he will fear nothing and no one.
Father Evangelos talked next and thanked his Eminence while noting that the testimony of the Orthodox Tradition emphasizes the fact that salvation occurs only from the One and True God who has revealed to man through Jesus Christ, the unique Son of God. Today many more “traditions” exist and through the “New Age” belief, lead to the Notion of “Panreligion”.
Moreover, father Evangelos mentioned that according to the principles of the “New Age”: a) there is no religion superior to the truth and b) there is no religion superior to any other religion. The essential difference of the authentic Christianity from the other religions is the following: The religions are a movement of humans toward God whereas Christianity is built on the movement of God towards humans- Revelation. Christianity is Revelation- the manifestation of God in the world. The other religions are simply substitutes of the Revelation.
In his closing, father Evangelos pointed out that our attitude requires respect for the religious freedom of humans, high discernment, love and cooperation without accepting though the “New Age” and the notion of “Panreligion”.