MHFM: When you refute the ‘Orthodox’ on Peter’s primacy among the Apostles, they say: but it doesn’t apply to a pope. When you show that popes had a primacy as successors of Peter, they say: it was just of honor. When you show that it included authority, they say: it was just one of hearing appeals. Then you refute that and they make more excuses. They are rebels who don’t want the truth and constantly move the goalposts.
St. John of Damascus
Subject: St. John of Damascus vs. the Eastern Schismatics
While reading “On the Orthodox Faith,” by St. John Damascene, one is exposed to the dishonesty of the eastern heretics. They claim him and his writing for their own and use them inappropriately. He was absolutely a Catholic teaching the faith of the fathers. Some statements may be misunderstood by some, similar to the writings of St. Paul. (2 Peter 3:15-16 “If our Lord stays his hand, count it part of his mercy. Our beloved brother Paul, with the wisdom God has granted him, has written you a letter, in which, as in all his letters, he talks of this. Though indeed, there are passages in them difficult to understand, and these, like the rest of scripture, are twisted into a wrong sense by ignorant and restless minds, to their own undoing.”) Although some statements may be confusing, it doesn’t give any excuse to teach anything contrary to the faith. Hence why we have the papacy and its indefectibility from Christ.
To avoid the pitfalls of any heresy, one needs to be simple like a child. Read the bible like a child, humble. Then you will find all the Truths the Catholic Church teaches. The Papacy, confession, the Eucharist, etc. You don’t need a degree in philosophy; you just need a simple heart.
Here are a few quotes from “On the Orthodox Faith.”
-“God is without beginning and without end, everlasting and eternal, uncreated, unchangeable, inalterable, simple, uncompounded, incorporeal, invisible, impalpable, uncircumscribed, unlimited, incomprehensible, uncontained, unfathomable, good, just, the maker of all created things, all-powerful, all-ruling, all-seeing, the provider, the sovereign, and the judge of all.” (Note: he states this multiple times in his book)
-“The Divinity being everywhere and beyond all at the same time acts in different places by one simple operation.”
-“Then there is the fact that the divine irradiation and operation is one, simple, and undivided; and that, while it is apparently diversely manifested in divisible things, dispensing to all of them the components of their proper nature, it remains simple.”
-“It is only the Uncreated which is unchangeable.”
-“The Son is the image of the Father, and the image of the Son is the Spirit.”
-“He is joined with the Father through the Son. He is called Spirit of God, Spirit of Christ, Mind of Christ, Spirit of the Lord.”
Thank you for your recent work on exposing eastern “orthodoxy.”
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