We began adult bible study this evening. Two new people attended and they were not afraid to make comments and ask very good questions. It is great when you have a mix of people of different faiths to get cross-views.
Orthodoxy liberates you. We discussed marriage and one of the things I learned is that Romanian Orthodox seeking to absolve their sacrament of marriage find "compassion." And not all Orthodox churches operate the same regarding divorce. Another lady in the room said that she had been trying to obtain an annulment from the Roman Catholic Church, and is still waiting--the cause of the marriage breakdown is adultery. Maybe, because there is no proof, she's still in the process and has been for years.
Orthodox are allow to marry up to three times and that's it. I find the view of the Church to be one of "reality". You can't force people to live together once the marriage goes south, not to mention the pain and suffering that could be avoided for all parties concerned, especially children. Why kick a dead horse, when it's over it's over. Pick up the pieces and move on. Why place people's lives in limbo? We all know the many reasons why marriages do not work out, and legally the word is "no fault." Pardon my boldness, "..it happens." Not being able to easily resolve the situation, causes division from the church.
The evening went too fast. We all learned so much, so quickly it felt like a crash course. The questions continue to pop out of my head even now. I think I'll have to start writing them down in anticipation of our next course.
These will be humdingers, I promise. Hope to see you there. Are you ready father?
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