"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.
The Southern Diocese's "Questions & Answers" Web site has been designed to help you become that strong, Holy Spirit-filled, spiritual building. Therefore, any questions concerning spiritual struggles and spiritual issues such as repentance, prayer, fasting, and participation in the sacramental life of the church are for this website to provide help with.
"O Gracious Master, infuse in our hearts the spotless light of Thy Divine Wisdom and open the eyes of our mind that we may understand the teachings of Thy Gospels."
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5 Most Recently Added Questions
- I want to ask about the promises in Psalm 91 regarding the pandemic, or any "pestilence" we face. Verse 1. "He who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." This seems to be the requirement for receiving all of the protections in the rest of this psalm. Am I right on that?
Also, what does it mean to dwell in the secret place of the most high? Does it mean that I am following God and putting him first and participating in the life of the Church? And, of course, what if I slip?
Is this a promise? (Added 05/14/2020)
- What does it mean to honor the Sabbath? Is driving to church considered work? Or should we just avoid eating out and making others work? In your answer to another question, you divided the Lord's Day from the Sabbath. Does this mean that we, as Copts, are not required to rest on the Sabbath (whether on Sunday or Saturday) and just attend the Liturgy on Sunday? Or should we honor the Lord's Day and the Sabbath as separate days? The fourth commandment seems to be very troublesome to the modern church, and everyone seems to be confused about how we should obey this commandment, and if we can obey it in the same, very literal way we obey the other commandments. (Added 03/31/2020)
- How can someone stop using the Internet for unnecessary reasons like surfing, watching YouTube, scrolling on reddit etc? Is there any trick to accomplishing this? I have been thinking that my life would be better without the Internet except when unavoidable, e.g., for school, and I will have more time to do useful things whether spiritual, work-related, or spending time with people. Currently, I am spending about 1 - 3 hours per day surfing. I have spent a few weeks without Internet before and I felt that it was great. (Added 03/31/2020)
- I was so disturbed to learn that the so called "Preparation Week" is actually "Heraclius's Week" and is based on a promise the Christians of the Holy Land made to Heraclius after killing the Jews. Based on this it should be banned! (Added 03/31/2020)
- Due to the pandemic, I will confess today on the phone. Is it truly a sacrament? Is the absolution completely valid as if we were in person? (Added 03/31/2020)
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