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The truth of our faith

March 27, 2010

The great misfortune of our times is that people consider it to be a virtue to have a liberal attitude toward matters of faith and morality…To justify themselves, they present arguments that seem to merit our attention. They say: every man can judge religious matters from his own point of view and freely express his convictions, whatever they may be, according to his conscience, and he must respect the religious convictions of others. No one will object to freedom of religion and of the conscience. One must not, however, forget that Christian faith is not a human invention, but rather the word of God, and it cannot be changed to suit people’s concepts. If people’s convictions stand in opposition to the Divine truth, is it reasonable to recognize these convictions, to consider them correct and to guide one’s life by them? We must, of course, be tolerant of those who do not agree with us, and bear with even those who have clearly gone astray, but we must turn away from their errors, and prove that they are unfounded. The pastors of the Christian Church and all sincere followers of Christ’s teachings should consider this their duty. – St. Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev & New Martyr

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