What do you mean by ‘Extinguish The Light?’
2 Corinthians 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” Extinguish the false light. Also see my About Me for more on this.
How did you come to believe in God?
“God doesn’t conquer in spite of evil, He conquers through it.” This is evident in my path to Yahweh & Jesus. I started out investigating conspiracies, I felt so much anger towards the world, and eventually came to a common theme that all of these controllers, the elite, all view the God of the Bible as evil and/or promote Lucifer as the good guy (reference Gnosticism). This naturally peaked my interest, if all of these people promoting evil believe this why would I want to?
I bought a Bible and the verse that changed it all for me was 1 John 2:15, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but of the world.”
My hatred of the world was actually a longing for God. For those that can relate and haven’t accepted God/Christ, you’re already so much closer to Him than you think.
What made you switch from Protestant to Orthodox Christianity?
My own confirmation from God, Josiah Trenham, and apologetics in general are the three main reasons. It wasn’t a one-time event either, it’s a gradual process.
Confirmation as I found God had already put it on my heart. I was already doing things (although not exactly the same) to what Orthodox does. From being in a very religious routine of morning and evening prayers – Orthodox do this and emphasize having a prayer rule. Fasting too, and Friday was always my day – Orthodox fast every Wednesday and Friday in remembrance of the betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus. These are just a couple examples, not all of my confirmation.
Apologetics in that there were things regarding church history that caused problems in my study of apologetics, and it forced me to get rid of generalizations that had been set in me from a Western viewpoint. I stumbled upon a video of Josiah Trenham that filled in many of the pieces I was missing. It made me take a hard look at what I thought I knew. It’s opened a new door, where it’s like being a kid again – where you walk into a new library and don’t know which book to pick up first because there’s so much to learn. This (Matthew 18:3) and I feel so much more love and an emphasis on spiritual growth in Orthodoxy (1 Corinthians 16:14).
Who do you listen to, read, and learn from?
(Excluding the Church Fathers): Josiah Trenham, Vladimir Lossky, Seraphim Rose, Kallistos Ware, Barnabas Powell, Clark Carlton, William Cooper, Abbe Guette, Ravi Zacharias, Jaroslav Pelikan, William Morgan, just to name a few off the top of my head. Your ultimate reference of truth should come from God.
How can I support you?
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What Bible version do you think is best? Which do you use?
I use an Orthodox Bible. This subject stirs up much debate, “but what about my KJV? My Douay-Rheims?!” There are many good options, I prefer the Orthodox Study Bible and the Septuagint for the Old Testament over the Masoretic text.
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If God created Lucifer, isn’t God responsible for evil in the first place?
No, we have free will, otherwise existence is pointless. Angels (even the fallen ones) also have this free will. It was Lucifer’s choice to rebel and be evil, just as it was man’s choice to disobey God at the Garden of Eden. Yet the world curses and blames God for evil instead of Lucifer.
What would you tell someone starting out?
First & foremost, follow Christ’s commandments, read the Bible and know it’s context. If you do this you’re basically there. “The truth is like a lion, set it loose and it defends itself.”