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To: Kolokotronis

I agree... what do you note as the greatest “difference”... for example, in a group of evil doers, i.e. our present gov body... should we watch out (be delivered from) the evil forces at work.. or is there “ONE”.... on which we should focus our attention? I do belive the Devil is alive and well...or I should say He is terminal... however, He has a lot of folks on his payroll doing His bidding...


6 posted on 05/03/2009 7:49:17 AM PDT by rusureitflies? (OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD! There, I said it. Prove me wrong.)
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To: rusureitflies?
"I agree... what do you note as the greatest “difference”... for example, in a group of evil doers, i.e. our present gov body... should we watch out (be delivered from) the evil forces at work.. or is there “ONE”.... on which we should focus our attention?"

Don't fool yourself. The prayer is for deliverance from Satan, not the government or anyone in it. "...ἀπὸ τοῦ πονηροῦ" implies slyness, like a fox. To the extent that Satan can convince you that the "evil" to be fought because it might take your wealth, or limit your options to do as you please, especially the latter, is the government, he succeeds. Attachment to transitory material rots the soul; it prevents us from dying to the self so that the focus of our being is on God.

"The whole warfare of the demons against us is waged with the one purpose of alienating those who obey them from the glory of God and the grace of the Holy Spirit. But, as I see it, we have already deprived ourselves of such a gift before they even attack us, because we have forsaken the commandments of God and have not been eager to seek Him with all our soul. Had we sought Him we should not have lived so idly and carelessly! Had we been concerned for the things of heaven we should not have shown such great eagerness for the things of earth. Had our thoughts been on things incorruptible we should not have gaped greedily after the things that are transitory and corruptible. Had we striven for things eternal we should not thus have pursued things temporal. Had we loved God we should not thus have turned away from those who guide us to Him. Had we sought to acquire virtues we would not have abhorred the teachers of virtues. Had we gladly embraced fasting we should not have complained of the lack of food and drink. Had we fought to gain control over our passions we should not have given ourselves unrestrainedly to pleasures. Had we a right and firm faith we should not have performed the works of faithlessness...Had we been found worthy to attain true love we should have known God." +Symeon the New Theologian

7 posted on 05/03/2009 9:59:38 AM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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