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On the Law of God

   
By Metropolitan Philaret of New York, First-Hierarch of The Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia

“Of all the creatures on earth, only man has an understanding of morality. Every person is aware that one’s actions are either good or bad, kind or evil, morally positive or morally negative (immoral). By these concepts of morality, man differs immeasurably from all animals. Animals behave according to their natural characteristics or else, if they have been trained, in the way they are taught. They have, however, no concept of morality-immorality, and so their behavior cannot be examined from the point of view of moral awareness. By what means does one distinguish between the morally good and the morally bad? This differentiation is made by means of a special moral law given to man by God. This moral law, this voice of God in man’s soul is felt in the depth of our consciousness: it is called conscience. This conscience is the basis of the morality common to man. A person who does not listen to his conscience, but stifles it, suppresses its voice with falseness and the darkness of stubborn sin, is often called unconscionable. The Word of God refers to such stubborn sinners as people with a ‘seared’ conscience (see I Tim. 4:2). Their spiritual condition is extremely dangerous and can be ruinous for the soul.”
—“CHAPTER 1: CONSCIENCE AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY”

CONTENTS

A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF THE LATE METROPOLITAN PHILARET
THE TRANSFER OF THE BLESSED REMAINS OF METROPOLITAN PHILARET
CONSCIENCE
THE NATURE OF SIN
VIRTUE
GOD’S LAW
FREEDOM OF WILL
THE CHRISTIAN “I”
HUMILITY
CONVERSION OF SINNERS
GRACE AND SALVATION
LEARNING AND RELIGION
EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
CHRISTIAN HOPE
MAN’S WILL
WORK AND VOWS
STRUGGLE AGAINST LUST
CHRISTIAN DEATH
CHRISTIAN JUSTICE
FALSEHOOD: CHRISTIAN CHARITY
ENVY: CURSING AND ANGER
INSOLVENT ETHICAL SYSTEMS
CHRISTIAN LOVE
THE ORTHODOX FAMILY
FAMILY AND SOCIETY
CHRISTIAN SERVICE
CHRISTIANITY AND COMMUNISM
LOVE FOR GOD AND NEIGHBOR
THE OBLIGATION TO KNOW GOD
THE NECESSITY OF PRAYER
THE MODEL OF PRAYER
PRAYER: FEASTS AND FASTS

Item Number: BKIPG130
Publication Data: Jordanville, NY: Holy Trinity Monastery, 2002
Format: softcover
Number of Pages: 80
Dimensions (l × w × h): 22.9 cm × 15.2 cm × 0.5 cm
ISBN: 978-0-88465-066-9

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