Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (+1994), the false evolution & the temptation of atheism when he was 11 years old & the appearance of Jesus Christ to him

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Saint Paisios of Mount Athos (+1994),

the false evolution & the temptation of atheism when he was 11 years old

& the appearance of Jesus Christ to him

From the age of eleven [says Saint Paisios], I would read the lives of the Saints, I would fast and keep vigil. My older brother would take the books and hide them, but that didn’t stop me. I would just go into the forest and keep reading there.

Later, when I was fifteen, a friend of my brother named Costas told my brother, “I’ll make him willingly give up all this nonesense.” He came and explained to me Darwin’s theory of evolution. I was shaken by this, and I said, “I’ll go and pray, and, if Christ is God, He’ll appear to me so that I’ll believe. I’ll see a shadow, hear a voice—He will show me a sign.” That’s all I could come up with at the time.

So, I went and began to pray and make prostrations for hours; but nothing happened. Eventually I stopped in a state of exhaustion. Then something Costas had said came to mind: “I accept that Christ is an important man,” he had told me, “righteous and virtuous, Who was hated out of envy for His virtue and condemned by His countrymen.” I thought to myself, “since that’s how Christ was, even if He was only a man, He deserves my love, obedience, and self-sacrifice. I don’t want paradise; I don’t want anything. It is worth making every sacrifice for the sake of His holiness and kindness.”

God was waiting to see how I would deal with this temptation. After this, Christ Himself appeared to me in a great light. He was visible from the waist up. He looked at me with tremendous love and said, “I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in Me, even if he dies, he shall live” (Jn. 11:25). He was holding the Gospel in His left hand, open to the page where the same words were written.

With this event, the uncertainties that had troubled my soul were overcome, and in divine grace I came to know Christ as true God and Savior of the world. I was convinced of the truth of the God-man, not by men or books, but by the very Lord Himself, who revealed Himself to me even at this young age. Firmly established in faith, I thought to myself, “Come back now, Costas, if you want, and we’ll have a talk.”

Source:

Books of St Paisios

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Video: Bishop Anthony Bloom’s conversion from atheism to the Orthodox Christian Faith

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Bishop Anthony Bloom’s conversion

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Fr. George Paulidis Bishop of Nicea, Piraeus, in Greece (+1990) & the phone of a woman who wanted to kill herself

Fr. George Paulidis Bishop of Nicea, Piraeus, in Greece (+1990)

& the phone of a woman who wanted to kill herself

Fr. George Paulidis Bishop of Nicea, Piraeus, in Greece (+1990):

«One winter night, his phone ring around midnight. Just picked up the phone, a female voice spoke:

“I do not know whom I speak , but before committing suicide , I wanted to listen for the last time a human voice…”.

Divine providence ring the phone of Fr. George. Was there any discussion, without disclosing his status, Fr. George (it was then Bishop of Nicea, Piraeus) except that he speaks with a cleric. He never learned what happened next, but I’m sure that the Grace of God will not let a human soul disappear like that night».

Source, Greek book:

Fr. John Costoff

From Atheism to Christ

Publications: St. John Damascene, Athens 2011

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Russia, 1965: Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker & Archbishop of Myra (+343) appears on an atheist on the bus

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Russia, 1965: Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker 

& Archbishop of Myra (+343) appears on an atheist on the bus

In February, 1965, a bus full of people was going towards a city. Next to the driver there was sitting an old man with a white beard, tall, and full of vigor.He wore a heavy coat with a fur collar, and a fur cap with flaps. The bus was going slowly because of the snow which was falling outside. At one turn, the chains of the back wheels came off. The bus skidded and almost collided with another full bus. All these things happened very quickly. The driver lost control of the bus, and everyone’s heart jumped. Finally the two busses halted at a distance of barely three-quarters of an inch apart, without any mishap.

Then the old man made the sign of the Cross and cried out: ”Glory to Thee, O Lord, glory to Thee! Blessed be thy name, O All-holy mother of God, who has saved us . . .” In a few moments the other bus left. The driver and his assistant went out to put on the chains.

Smiling, one young man opened a conversation with the old man. “Forgive me elder,” he said, “but I could not hold back from laughing when I heard you call upon the non-existent Heavenly Powers and saw you make your Cross. Habit, of course, is second nature. I see that you wear the distinguishing mark of a scientist. But in our times, in the year 1965, it is an incongruity.”

The conversation attracted the attention of all. The old man, without becoming troubled, said, ”Gladly, My young comrade, shall I answer you. And if you want I shall make a self-criticism . . . Wherefore, do you know what I think? All of us are somewhat hypocrites. All of us pretend that we are atheists, dedicated members of the Party, with profound knowledge of Marxism and many other things. And yet there comes a moment every once in a while when the real man expresses himself. Behold, just as it happened even now! This mishap was sufficient to demonstrate it. Since you sit in that place, you of course did not see what happened behind you. I, however, who sit sideways, saw at least another eight or ten making their Cross. It is something within us which we will never be able to uproot, because it would be like uprooting our very bowels. Thus, every day all of us fall into ‘errors-—that is, we remember that there exists a certain great, unknown, and good Power Whom we pretend to ignore . . .”

“I assure you that this personally never happens with me,” said the young man.

The old man chuckled and said, “You will permit me to prove you false, beloved comrade, because just previously you said, ‘These things in our times, in the year 1965, are an incongruity.’ What was the reason for you to remember that one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five years have passed from the time when the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, was born!”

”This,” said the young man after having been taken aback a little, “is an evil remnant of an evil past, which must definitely be wiped out. The way you are speaking, you are going to convince us that even miracles take place!”
The old man was silent some moments, and afterwards said, “Yes my beloved one, there are even miracles of God which you yourself will believe, just as all that are here will also believe. When, however, you see them, you will be obliged to keep silent because, if you speak, there is danger that they will close you in some psychiatric clinic.”

The bus had come into the main artery. The heavy snow stopped and thus the driver was able to increase the speed. At one moment, all—as many as were looking at and listening to the old man—saw his place empty! Two or three that were close to his seat made the sign of the Cross, saying, “Holy, holy is God the Almighty.” One of them turned toward the back of the bus and shouted, “Do you understand now who saved us from the collision? He himself, the old man with the white beard, was the Protector of our People . . . Saint Nicholas!” “I do not know what we are going to do comrades,” said one other in the meantime, “but wherever I may be, I am going to tell of this miracle of Saint Nicholas! And let them lock me in a psychiatric ward if they can. I have you all as witnesses; and especially you, comrade . . .” The young communist covered his face with his hands for a long time.

After about two hours, the bus stopped and all got down to drink hot tea. The young communist approached several of his fellow]passengers, full of emotion. He asked for their addresses. He also gave them his. All the other others did the same among themselves. “Do you know what I purpose, comrades?” said one young woman, “Let us not lose contact with one another. This which we saw today and heard with our ears is a great thing. Very great. What can it forbode? Certainly something good, because the little old grandfather was the Protector of our People.”

The above miracle was written by an eyewitness. “I cannot write more,” he says, “because I am overcome with emotion and am weeping. I also was on the bus.”

Source:

From Contemporary Miracles in Russia by Archimandrite Haralampos Basilopoulos, 1966

Chủ nghĩa vô thần là gì? ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Vietnamese

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Chủ nghĩa vô thần là gì?

Chủ nghĩa vô thần là quan điểm cho rằng Đức Chúa Trời không tồn tại. Chủ nghĩa vô thần không phải là một sự phát triển mới. Thi Thiên 14: 1, được viết bởi vua Đa-vít khoảng 1.000 năm trước Công nguyên, đề cập đến chủ nghĩa vô thần: “Kẻ ngu dại nói trong lòng của mình, không có Đức Chúa Trời.” Số liệu thống kê gần đây cho thấy một số lượng ngày càng tăng của người tự xưng là người vô thần, lên đến 10 phần trăm dân số trên toàn thế giới. Vì vậy, tại sao ngày càng có nhiều người trở thành vô thần? Có phải chủ nghĩa vô thần thực sự hợp vai trò những người vô thần công bố nó như thế không?

Tại sao chủ nghĩa vô thần thậm chí còn tồn tại? Tại sao Đức Chúa Trời không mặc khải chính mình Ngài cho con người thật đơn giản, chứng minh rằng Ngài tồn tại? Chắc chắn, nếu Đức Chúa Trời chỉ xuất hiện, những suy nghĩ thôi, mọi người sẽ tin vào Ngài! Vấn đề ở đây là sự mong muốn của Đức Chúa Trời không phải chỉ thuyết phục mọi người rằng Ngài tồn tại. Đó là mong muốn của Đức Chúa Trời cho mọi người tin vào Ngài bởi đức tin (2 Phi-e-rơ 3: 9) và chấp nhận bằng đức tin ơn cứu rỗi của Ngài (Giăng 3:16). Đức Chúa Trời đã chứng minh rõ ràng sự tồn tại của Ngài rất nhiều lần trong Cựu Ước (Sáng thế ký đoạn 6-9; Xuất 14: 21-22; 1 Các Vua 18: 19-31). Có phải mọi người đều tin rằng Đức Chúa Trời hiện hữu? Vâng. Có phải họ thay đổi từ đường lối tội lỗi sang việc vâng lời Chúa? Không, nếu một người không sẵn lòng chấp nhận sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời bằng đức tin, tiếp theo người ấy chắc chắn không sẵn sàng chấp nhận Chúa Giê Su Christ là Đấng cứu chuộc bởi đức tin (Ê-phê-sô 2: 8-9). Mong muốn của Đức Chúa Trời là để mọi người trở thành Cơ Đốc nhân, không chỉ là người hữu thần (những người tin rằng Đức Chúa Trời thực hữu).

Kinh Thánh nói với chúng ta rằng sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời phải được chấp nhận bởi đức tin. Hê-bơ-rơ 11: 6 tuyên bố, “Và không có đức tin thì không thể nào ở cho đẹp lòng Đức Chúa Trời, bởi vì bất cứ ai đến với Đức Chúa Trời phải tin rằng có Đức Chúa Trời và Ngài thường hay thưởng cho kẻ tìm kiếm Ngài.” Kinh Thánh nhắc nhở chúng ta rằng chúng ta là người được phước khi chúng ta tin và tin cậy vào Đức Chúa Trời bằng đức tin: “Sau đó, Chúa Giê Su nói với người,” bởi vì ngươi đã thấy ta, nên ngươi tin; phước thay là những người không thấy mà đã tin” (Giăng 20:29).

Sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời phải được chấp nhận bởi đức tin, nhưng điều này không có nghĩa là niềm tin vào Đức Chúa Trời là bất hợp lý. Có nhiều lập luận hợp lý về sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời. Kinh Thánh dạy rằng sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời được nhìn thấy rõ ràng trong vũ trụ (Thi Thiên 19: 1-4), trong tự nhiên (Rô-ma 1: 18-22), và trong tấm lòng của chúng ta (Truyền đạo 3:11). Với tất cả mà nói, sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời không thể chứng minh; nó phải được chấp nhận bởi đức tin.

Đồng thời, để tin vào chủ nghĩa vô thần phải lấy nhiều đức tin. Để thực hiện lời nói tuyệt đối “Đức Chúa Trời không tồn tại” thì phải công bố một sự hiểu biết hoàn toàn những gì cần biết, về tất cả mọi thứ hiện có và ở khắp mọi nơi trong vũ trụ và phải được làm chứng nhìn thấy mọi thứ. Tất nhiên, không có người vô thần nào làm được những lời công bố này. Tuy nhiên, đó là những gì họ đang tuyên bố khi họ nói rằng Đức Chúa Trời hoàn toàn không thực hữu. Người vô thần không thể chứng minh rằng Đức Chúa Trời không có, ví dụ, sự sống ở trung tâm của mặt trời, hoặc dưới những đám mây của sao Mộc, hoặc trong một số Tinh vân xa. Vì những nơi này vượt quá khả năng quan sát của chúng ta, nó không thể được chứng minh rằng Đức Chúa Trời không tồn tại. Để thành một người vô thần phải lấy nhiều đức tin như nó làm cho một người hữu thần.

Chủ nghĩa vô thần không có chứng minh, và sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa phải được chấp nhận bởi đức tin. Hiển nhiên, các Cơ Đốc nhân tin tưởng mạnh mẽ rằng Đức Chúa Trời hiện hữu, và thừa nhận rằng sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời là một vấn đề của đức tin. Đồng thời, chúng tôi bác bỏ ý tưởng cho rằng niềm tin vào Đức Chúa Trời là không hợp lý. Chúng tôi tin rằng sự tồn tại của Đức Chúa Trời có thể được nhìn thấy rõ ràng, cảm nhận sâu sắc, và cần thiết chứng minh có tính triết học và khoa học. ” Các từng trời rao truyền sự vinh hiển của Đức Chúa Trời, Bầu trời giãi tỏ công việc tay Ngài làm. Ngày nầy giảng cho ngày kia, Đêm nầy tỏ sự tri thức cho đêm nọ. Chẳng có tiếng, chẳng có lời nói; Cũng không ai nghe tiếng của chúng nó. Dây đo chúng nó bủa khắp trái đất, Và lời nói chúng nó truyền đến cực địa.”(Thi Thiên 19: 1-4).

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Jozef Van den Berg, actor, the Netherlands: From atheism to Orthodoxy (+Video)

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Jozef Van den Berg, actor, the Netherlands:

From atheism to Orthodoxy

Jozef Van den Berg (Beers, 22 August 1949) is a Dutch puppeteer, playwright and actor, who nowadays lives as a hermit.

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Biography of Joseph Van den Berg

Youth

From the age of seven, he lived most of his youth at Cuijk, where his father bought an old rectory and tended an accountancy bureau. His father was a primary school teacher, first at Beers and then Rijkevoort, and a member of the resistance during the War. The family he belonged to consisted of eleven children. On January 30th, 1962, at the age of twelve, his father died and afterwards also his best friend Fritz. Already as a child, Van den Berg wanted to become a priest. For Christmas his mother gave him a set to play a little priest. At the age of 10, he played his first theater role as a Pharisee in a Passion Play of the Welpen at the patronage building at Cuijk. At the age of 13 he got a girlfriend, because of which the priesthood disappeared into the background. During his secondary school at the Internaat Bisschoppelijk College [Boarding School Diocesan College] in Roermond he was very active in school theater. For example, he played Sisyphus in the play Sisyphus And Death, and later on, inspired by Henk van Ulsen, with a lot of success Diary Of A Madman by Gogol.

Puppetry

At the end of the 60’s, after obtaining his high school degree, he passed his entrance examination and started at the theater school in Arnhem, which he quit after the second year. He went to live with Ruth in Arnhem and later on moved to Groningen. He applied for social assistance and started playing puppet shows. He borrowed a horse and cart and wandered around puppetering. In this period he became member of the Gurdjieff movement. After a show in Groningen he got acquainted to his wife Hansje, whom he married on September 11th, 1973. They had four children: Lotte [nowadays a well-known playwriter, theater actor and director herself], Maartje, Jasmijn and Jesse Van den Berg. In Groningen he lived on a farm and rented a basement at Zwanestraat where on Wednesday afternoon he played for children, and on Friday evening for adults. He started his professional career as a puppeteer in a puppet show and there he brought numerous characters to life. Eventually he removed the curtain and by doing so became the man with the puppets, visible for the audience. His improvisations were replaced by a play with a title. With a fire department truck, he played with a wandering puppet theater. Living in a mobile home, he brought his plays to the people.

In 1980 he received the Hans Snoekprijs for Appeloog [Apple Eye], left Groningen and moved to Herwijnen in the Betuwe region. There he wrote Moeke en de Dwaas [(little) Mother and the Fool] for the Holland Festival. In Continue reading “Jozef Van den Berg, actor, the Netherlands: From atheism to Orthodoxy (+Video)”

Video: Klaus Kenneth, Deutschland Zwei Millionen Kilometer auf der Suche – Von Hippies, Atheismus, Buddhismus, Hinduismus und Protestantismus zur Orthodoxie ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German

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CONVERSIONS TO ORTHODOXY

Klaus Kenneth, Deutschland

Zwei Millionen Kilometer auf der Suche

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Von Hippies, Atheismus, Buddhismus, Hinduismus

und Protestantismus zur Orthodoxie

Zwölf Jahre zog der schweizer Publizist Klaus Kenneth auf der Suche nach der Spiritualität, Frieden und Liebe durch Europa, Asien und Südamerika. Der Weg war gefährlich und voll Enttäuschungen, Hass, Drogen und Tod. Leer und enttäuscht von Philosophien, Lehren und Religionen kehrte Kenneth zurück, und fand die Wahrheit in der orthodoxen Kirche. Seinen langen Weg hin zur einen Kirche schrieb er in seinem Lebensbericht, “Zwei Millionen Kilometer auf der Suche” nieder.

Sainte Marie Skobtsova de Paris (+1945) – 31 mars ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French

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Sainte Marie Skobtsova de Paris (+1945)

31 mars

Mère Marie Skobtsov ou sainte Marie de Paris, née Élisabeth Iourievna Pilenko le 8 (21) décembre 1891 à Riga, dans le gouvernement de Livonie qui faisait alors partie de l’Empire de Russie et morte le 31 mars 1945 à Ravensbrück, est une poétesse, mémorialiste et membre de la résistance française, devenue religieuse orthodoxe. Elle a été canonisée comme martyre de la Foi par l’Église orthodoxe (Patriarcat de Constantinople) le 16 janvier 2004.

En Russie

Mère Marie était la fille d’un magistrat de l’Empire russe, Youri Dmitriévitch Pilenko, qui exerçait à Riga, sa mère était issue de la famille aristocratique des Dmitriev-Mamonov. La famille déménagea à Anapa, ville balnéaire des bords de la mer Noire, en juin 1895, à la retraite du père de famille. Celui-ci avait hérité dans le village de Djemet, à six verstes de la ville, d’un domaine viticole. Youri Pilenko fut nommé directeur du jardin botanique Nikitsky en Crimée, au Continue reading “Sainte Marie Skobtsova de Paris (+1945) – 31 mars ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* French”

New York, USA: Journey to Orthodoxy

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USA OF MY HEART

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New York, USA: Journey to Orthodoxy

Klaus Kenneth: Von Atheismus, Protestantismus usw. zur Orthodoxie – Video ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* German

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EDELWEISS OF MY HEART

Klaus Kenneth: Von Atheismus, Protestantismus usw. zur Orthodoxie