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February 27, 2018

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dr. Sproul was erudite in Christian theology, old Greek, and the dimensions language and meaning -
a genuinely genius level teacher, scholar and philosopher. a great loss to the world having died last December.

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/loved_by_god/agape-love/

Sterling: I gradually evolved into a study of Orthodoxy after mastering the more recondite side of Buddhism. I could read the Greek enough to pick out the important elements of Orthodoxy such as "theosis," for example. There are, of course differences, but not as much as between Catholicism and the Orthodox Church that split in 1054. To learn about the Orthodox faith it is better to study its main terms. You might start with theosis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theosis_(Eastern_Christian_theology). Notice as you read the wiki other important terms pop up. A guy who is really into this is Jay Dyer on YouTube. Here is a link for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOrDKwtIweU Frankly Jay has so much on Orthodoxy I could have easily given you more. Right now I am reading Maximus the Confessor and Gregory Palamas. The terminology is very close to Buddhism and some terms are great like "agape" translated as "love" but is closer in Greek to "prefer". For example: I "prefer/love" the path to awaken to my Buddha-nature than follow the ways of the conditioned world. Or for the worldly: "But Helen I "prefer/love" you over all the women in the entire known universe — of course that could change by tomorrow." :)

I am very curious about your opinions on Christian Orthodoxy and their religious practices. I have been trying to understand the difference between Buddhism and Christianity for a long time and would appreciate any insight you can offer.

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