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  1. Don't expect to be blessed with love and forgiveness; you can't be blessed with the Holy Spirit. But if your Faith is weak, then you don't go anywhere, just swing from side to side. Walking on the shore, what are you looking for. Who do you go to the temple to listen to and worship? Who and why do you build temples on earth? And who are the most revered people in it? The scribes? The Pharisees? The high priests? They call themselves Lords, Saints and chosen ones. They fulfill their mission by serving voluntarily by choice, teaching by taking the teaching colored by their conscience and hanging a lot of external image on themselves. Their clothes are not clear, a lot of cross, dressed up like clowns in the bazaar.

  2. To begin with, no one ever refers to a priest as “holy father”, these are inventions of Soviet translators of Latin American telenovelas. In traditional Christianity, it is customary to call Holy Fathers theologians whose teachings had a decisive influence on the development of theological thought (reformed Christianity does not recognize them as a similar authority). As for calling a priest “father”, in this case the tradition follows the Apostle Paul, who wrote to his disciples who lived in Corinth and to whom he preached: “For though you have thousands of teachers in Christ, yet not many fathers; I begot you in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” That is, in this case, Christians, remembering that the real Father is one and He is in heaven, call their pastors fathers because they lead people to the Christian faith, perform baptism (this sacrament is considered the moment of spiritual birth) and instruct their children in the Christian faith in the same way as in families children are brought up by their parents. There is no” recognition of the divine essence ” behind this.

  3. From time immemorial, this meant that priests are the highest caste, and other people are the lowest, who must obey the priests in spiritual matters and communicate with God only with the permission and through the priests. Today, this inequality has no legal basis, but traditions, rituals and moral norms have been preserved in the same form.

  4. Not in the least. Previously, the Christian community was perceived as the equivalent of a family. Therefore, it is customary to refer to each other as brothers and sisters. The priests in it served as mentors. In a real family, this is usually done by the fathers. Therefore, the priests also began to be called fathers. The address “holy father” does not mean that one is addressed to a truly holy person. This is a philistine appeal and is due to the fact that the word priest is also associated with holiness. But not with the sanctity of a person, but with the sacred rites that he performs.

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