Wednesday, April 7, 1999

The Bible

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Book of Genesis
Book of Exodus
Book of Leviticus
Book of Numbers
Book of Deuteronomy
Book of Joshua
Book of Judges
Book of Ruth
1 Samuel
2 Samuel
1 Kings
2 Kings
First Book of Chronicles
Second Book of Chronicles
First Book of Ezra
Second Book of Ezra
Book of Nehemiah
Book of Tobit
Book of Judith
Book of Esther
First Book of Maccabees
Second Book of Maccabees
Third Book of Maccabees
Book of Psalms
Book of Job
Proverbs of Solomon
Book of Ecclesiastes
Song of Songs
Wisdom of Solomon
Wisdom of Sirach
Book of Hosea
Book of Amos
Book of Micah
Book of Joel
Book of Obadiah
Book of Jonah
Book of Nahum
Book of Habakkuk
Book of Zephaniah
Book of Haggai
Book of Zechariah
Book of Malachi
Book of Isaiah
Book of Jeremiah
Book of Baruch
Lamentation of Jeremiah
Epistle of Jeremiah
Book of Ezekiel
Book of Daniel

Gospel According to St. Matthew
Gospel According to St. Mark
Gospel According to St. Luke
Gospel According to St. John
Acts of the Apostles
Epistle to Romans
First Epistle to Corinthians
Second Epistle to Corinthians
Epistle to Galatians
Epistle to Ephesians
Epistle to Philippians
Epistle to Colossians
First Epistle to Thessalonians
Second Epistle to Thessalonians
First Epistle to Timothy
Second Epistle to Timothy
Epistle to Titus
Epistle to Philemon
Epistle to Hebrews
Epistle of St. James
First Epistle of St. Peter
Second Epistle of St. Peter
First Epistle of St. John
Second Epistle of St. John
Third Epistle of St. John
Epistle of St. Jude (YT)

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  1. I've just stumbled across your videos on YouTube. I am very blessed by your work, your humble humorous approach and by your knowledge which shows your passion for God and our Orthodox faith. I have never been a patron for anyone before. But that end here. I commit my support of your work. A truly worthy tithe to a workman who deserves our support. I will share your videos with my family with great joy. May you bee richly blessed. (Nicholas)

  2. Hi Bojan,
    First let me say, I love you YouTube channels; they are funny, cleaver and informative.
    I have a question I am hoping you will take the time to answer. Since I don’t know the answer, when it pops into my mind, I dismiss it immediately as you would any bad thought. It I knew the answer, however, maybe this would stop bothering me.
    Here is my question in all its ugliness. As an animal lover, (and I know, you are too) I cannot understand how a good God would stand by and let innocent animals suffer. In the case of people, well, we sinned and deserve our punishment even as we hope for God’s love and forgiveness, but animals are innocent. Good people must kill and destroy other living things in order to live. Bad people can do horrible things to innocent animals. A mother seal stands by in panic as people kill her baby in front of her. Our fallen world punishes sinless animals as when elephants try to save a baby stuck in mud, or when my cat tortures and kills a terrified mouse. How could a loving God let this happen?
    If you don’t know the answer, don’t worry about me. I will just tell myself that it is not God’s will that I understand this right now. I will ask him in heaven. But if you can, please say something to help me.
    May God bless you for your work.

    1. Hello Julie, thank you for your question.
      I think that the answer to this question lies in the fact that God does not see things as we do. All you see is a terrified mouse - God, however, looks from eternity, and that terror of the mouse is a mere dust mote in the great sea of never ending time. You only see a terrified mouse, but God simultaneously sees it in an instant and sees the cute resurrected mouse without a shred of terror. Think about it, think about some horrible time you went through that, as horrible as it was, didn't leave some long lasting consequences. You can joke and not care about it now, but back then, it seemed like a matter of life and death. It is like that with God - and that mouse. :-) St. Paul refers to it when he speaks about present troubles as a woman who's giving birth - she's in a horrible pain but she forgets about it instantly as soon as the child is in her arms.
      Hope this was of some use to you!
      By the way, would you mind if I turned this question of yours (and my answer to you) in a video for Bible Illustrated Hands channel? :-)
      Much blessings in Christ!

    2. Bojan, Thank you for your response. I would not mind at all. Please go ahead a use my question any way you like. Can you also please add an explanation as to why a sinless animal would suffer? I understand why the woman would suffer; it is due to sin in the world. But animals are innocent and have never offended God.

    3. Yes, not a problem. Thing is, sin, by itself, is a punishment, but being sin, it isn't a righteous punishment. Sin destroys everything around it, including the sinner and the nature around it. The animals are completely sinless, but sin and death aren't holy in whom they destroy. They destroy all, and that is why Christ comes to redeem the entire creation, not just humans.

    4. Also, do you think everyone and every animal was a vegetarian before the sin of Adam and Eve?

    5. As for that, I do not know, I'd assume they were. :-)

  3. Hello Bojan, thank you very much for your work. I have a question regarding the jesus prayer: are we addressing the son, or the father through the son? Please excuse my ignorance. Yours,

    1. Hello Martin!
      Addressed your question here:

  4. Hello Bojan, thank you for your great work and excuse my less then "good" English:

    I wanted to ask you if it is possible to become a priest (married or monastic) after having fallen into the sin of masturbation

    I've wanted to become a priest ever since the age of four but as most teenagers of this/my generation I came in contact with and have been consumed by my own weakness. God has given me more chances to repent than I can count but every time I give in it is as if I was having a nightmare and had no control over what I was doing sometimes I woke up and didn't even remember having done what I did. It hurts my soul and pains my heart to even think about what I could have lost.

    Is it still possible for me to be ordained to priesthood and if not... would it be possible to enter a monastery and become a monk?
    My heart and soul are longing to recieve God's unforgettable grace once more but I don't think I am even worthy to be smitten by God.

    I am one of the leading papadaki (I don't know if you call it the same in serbian orthodox-I am greek orthodox- alternative acolytes) in our church and me and the other one are kind of the "right hands" (if I dare to call myself that) of our perish priest.
    He himself is a widowed archimandrit and a true servant of god he knows of my wish to become a priest like him and he calls me a "future monk" every time We meet I feel like a devil and all I want is to be able to leave my passions

    Thank you Bojan for teaching us so much of god word In a time were this is more then just essential for spiritual survival
    You and your spiritual father may god have mercy on him are in my prayers

    Much love and appreciation from an unworthy and useless sinner from germany