Suicide and Abortion

Suicide is found in the Holy Bible. Saul committed suicide to avoid dishonor and suffering at the hands of the Philistines. As a result, he was acclaimed as a hero by the Israelites (1 Samuel 31:1-6). Samson committed suicide as a means of retribution to God's enemies. He was considered a hero for sacrificing himself while destroying God's enemies (Judges 16:23-31). Judas committed suicide because of a stricken conscious after betraying Christ. He was condemned before and after his suicide (St. Matthew 27:5-7).

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Death and Dying, Euthansia

From the earliest times, humans have had some sort of belief in life after death. This belief has varied from culture to culture and from religion to religion. It is what has made man's life worth living by giving him something to look forward to when this life was over. It also plays a role in our earthly life as well. Expressions like "before I die I want to..."; "my biological clock is ticking"; and terms like "midlife crisis" all show the role death plays in our life.

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Organ Donation and Transplants

everal issues exist here. Jesus tells us "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends" (St. John 15:13). What greater love can we express than donating an organ that we have no more use for in order to save a life? We are literally saving someone from death. But a different approach looks at what Saint Paul says: "Do you not know that you are God's temple, and that God's Holy Spirit dwells in you? If any one destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy and that temple you are" (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).

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Pre-Marital Sexual Relations

It is not surprising that one out of every four teens are unsure if it is right or wrong to have sexual relations prior to marriage, given how much teens are inundated with sexual messages and images in their daily life, starting from the pre-teen years. The fact that only 5.57 percent of teen in the survey thought pre-marital sex was right is remarkable given the pervasive exploitation of young males and females in the media as sex objects and the constant portrayal of sex outside of marriage as normal and an everyday event without consequences.

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Moral Issues Facing Orthodox Christians Today

The teachings of the Church about love, sex, dating and marriage are very important to us in our world today. If you watch TV, go to the movies, read popular magazines, or even talk with your friends, you will see that there are many different views and teachings about these topics. Unfortunately, most of what you see and hear is contrary to what the Holy Scripture and the Church teaches.

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On Hope in God Alone and On Confidence in Him

Although it is very important not to rely on our own efforts in this Unseen Warfare, at the same time, if we merely give up all hope of ourselves and despair of ourselves without having found another support, we are certain to flee immediately from the battlefield or to be overcome and taken prisoner by our enemies. Therefore, together with complete renunciation of ourselves, we should plant in our heart a perfect trust in God and a complete confidence in Him. In other words we should feel with our whole heart that we have no one to rely on except God, and that from Him and Him alone can we expect every kind of good, every manner of help, and victory. Since we are nothing, we can expect nothing from ourselves except stumblings and falls, which make us relinquish all hope of ourselves.

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