"Now therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone."
Through this foundation of the apostles and prophets flow the Holy Scripture and all doctrine bringing forth a strong, Holy Spirit-filled, spiritual building which is the body of our Lord Jesus Christ with Him being the Corner Stone and a part of this united gift.
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- What is the significance of Sham El Nessim? Why is salted fish eaten this day? (Added 04/26/2014)
- What is the church's view on smoking marijuana for recreational use? With the recent legalization of marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use, the new wave of thinking is that marijuana is harmless and maybe even beneficial. What is our church's view? (Added 01/31/2014)
- I am a 16 year-old teenage boy. There is this girl that I have liked for a long while and I still do. I know this is not the right time. Now here is the thing, from what I have read around the Coptic forums and youth bishopric. They say, what starts as a friendship can lead to lust and then sin. In addition, "these feelings are just temporary and will go away." I understand these statements based on from what I see around me every single day in the culture. At the same time, I know it's a rare occasion, but these feelings can be correct and they won't go away.... I talk to this girl as just a friend without anything serious and I don't have any intention of saying anything to her because I know it's not the right time. At the same time, I care for her a lot and I want the best for her. I worry about her like she is my sister. We hang out and talk in groups with others. However, I text and we have simple conversations. We joke around—nothing serious. I pray and ask for God's will to help me with this. What are the steps that I should take in the long run and now? Is there anything wrong with treating her like a sister? Is there anything wrong with getting to know more about her? (Added 01/31/2014)
- I've been in this relationship for about two years and engaged for a little over half a year. My fiancé and I are in the process of planning our wedding and we bought an apartment. During the two years, we've had a few arguments concerning monasticism and whether or not it was God's will for him to pursue this path. It was never clear—hence the reason we got engaged. In one of his recent trips to the monastery, he claims to have felt an attraction and is now debating which path to follow. In one of your earlier answers, you stated that if there is no clear urge to leave everything, then monasticism isn't the path to follow. Can you please advise me on how to deal with this situation and what to do? I am not sure whether I have to wait around for him or not. (Added 01/31/2014)
- Does the British Orthodox Church use any Coptic? How are they different and similar as far as sight and sound go? They are theologically in full communion with the Coptic Church right? Any other information about them is appreciated. (Added 01/31/2014)
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