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Greek Orthodox Catechism Provides Steadiness in Times of Trial
The members of the Orthodox faith in Toronto rely heavily upon the guidance and spiritual direction of their individual parish leaders, but all together lean and essentially spiritually reside upon a strong rock of an ultimate belief system sourced from Greece and based upon traditional Christian principles. When found in the Bible, any given principle could be interpreted in a virtually limitless amount of ways, but it is the solidarity found within the bigger church community as a whole that allows faithful members to stick to a more standard set of ideals that enlighten, guide, and provide support during all phases of life.
The catechism of the Greek Metropolis provides regulation for the many possible interpretations that have been provided for Christian scripture throughout the centuries. A set of principles that have been adapted for the modern world and additionally adopted by an international set of believers allows all (both old and young alike) to bind together in a common hope of achieving eternal salvation with each other.
Many topics are touched on and relegated to separate parts of the Greek Catechism including how God views man and what path man is to take in order to please God and help others on the journey of life. A clearer picture of history of the Christian faith is developed, which describes both the original events found easily within the Bible. Purposefully presented is the presiding hope that reigns supreme in the hearts of all the faithful: that possessing a greater knowledge of the divine mercy and characteristics of Christ will allow both a stronger bond with the holy godhead and a more established sense of proof of their faithfulness in their everyday activities.
For a brighter future to be successfully achieved, teachers and students of the Catechism must be able to find an eagerness within their hearts to pursue the cause of righteousness and companionship as they seek to enlighten their minds with principles that will change their actions and the courses of their lives. Service, one to another, is a major premise of the doctrine within many religious texts, and such service is found in the Catechism in many unique expressions. Some examples include obligation to serve our Heavenly Father out of love and great gratitude for his many blessings and the life we have been given. In the Catechism, rendering service one to another as in the easier-to-see pastimes of church programs and through the sacrifices of missionary work, promises great stretching and expedited growth of the heart and sense of self satisfaction (which in turn promotes an increased desire to serve more people, both in and out of the church).
Within the individual ceremonies deemed absolutely necessary to church function, the Catechism maintains a constant purpose and sense of enlightenment on the hope needed to relieve a person of their constant burdens and cares, each week renewing promises to God. Such promises make room for added revelation in times of great need and enable a person to feel their true dependence upon their Father, particularly at times when it is easier to claim that you do not need the help of God at all.
The continual belief that there is a life to come once this one has passed away is a linking concept that holds together systems of faith from all around the globe, no matter their origin or belief on Christ. International ideals of marriage, gratitude, service, and faith make for an easier path for anyone seeking to learn more about the Orthodox Catechism, even if they do not speak Greek! Faithful members of the faith from any part of the world seek better understanding of God’s precepts and are able to find them within the Catechism.