Michi713 Posted August 25, 2022 Share Posted August 25, 2022 Neither side in the war in Ukraine is innocent nor righteous. Duh. Many ignore the role the Orthodox Church is playing in the war. In fact the church is central to the conflict. Brief history of Kiev The spiritual capital of Rus mother Russia: "The church of the caves in Kiev dates back a thousand years and is named so because it sits on a series of caves. Before the Orthodox Church took power they were pagan." "Vladimir the Great proceeded to summon the whole city to the banks of the river Dnieper for a mass baptism in 988. This is the founding, iconic act of Russian Orthodox Christianity. It was from here that Christianity would spread out and merge with the Russian love of the motherland, to create a powerful brew of nationalism and spirituality. In the mythology of 988, it was as if the whole of the Russian people had been baptised. Vladimir was declared a saint." "When the Byzantine empire fell, the Russians saw themselves as its natural successor. They were a “third Rome”. "Again, as in Rome, a secular power Communism attempted to inflict a mortal wound to the Orthodox Church but failed. The church slowly regained power after the fall of communism and in 2019, Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, boasted that they were building three churches a day." Russia, however is still suffering the effects of communist secularism. It is a long, long way off from becoming an Orthodox nation. Many women there have had multiple abortions, some 20. Many are morally bereft and drunk. It's the government that is run by the Orthodox Church, not the people. Kirill started the slow conversion with the military. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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