Most people do not like to think about death. Even when walking very close, people somehow avoid trying to understand death. However, no one has yet managed to escape it, so you should not try to hide from the inevitable, but try to prepare for it. In addition, the Trinity Memorial Saturday, which the Church celebrates this year on June 11, pushes us to talk about the conditional and scary “woman with the scythe.”
It would be nice if the young, but more than once I have seen how the elderly, who already have their whole life behind them, for whom nothing new quality awaits them, avoid in every possible way even talking about death, as if it does not exist for them. I think that preparing for death is not just about prayer and repentance, although this is undoubtedly the most important thing, but also about the semantic deepening of the essence of death, of understanding what it is, where it came from and why it exists. Such an attitude increases the importance of our spiritual efforts both for ourselves and for the sake of our loved ones who have left.
Feuerbach wanted to show the effect of matter on a person’s character and inner disposition, but before turning away from God, this action was the opposite, because the world obeyed one person and not the other way around.
We all know the famous phrase of the German materialist philosopher and atheist Ludwig Feuerbach:Man is what he eatsEverything seems clear, but in this phraseological section, contrary to the original intention of the author, lies the Christian meaning. With these words, Feuerbach wanted to show the submission of man to matter, to which he is right, (unfortunately, the thinker did not go further than his atheism. Now let us remember that God commanded Adam to eat from every tree in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:16). the Source of Life – God, and his duty was to take care of the created world and bring it to this Source, then, through the consumption of food, he brought the world to life. to show the effect of matter on a person’s character and inner disposition, but before turning away from God, this energy was the opposite, because the world obeyed one person and not the other way around.
But here we see that food becomes the cause of the fall. What was in the wrist from the Tree of Knowledge? Everything is very simple: if the whole created world was a gift from God to man, then the forbidden fruit is not. It did not have the blessing of the Lord, therefore, since they wanted it, our ancestors wanted life without God, and after tasting it, they submitted themselves to food. The Fall is the moment when Adam and Eve did not want life in God and in the name of God, but life in and of themselves.
The Fall is the moment when Adam and Eve did not want life in God and in the name of God, but life in and of themselves.
As Father Alexander Schmemann writes:God made the whole world a communion with Himself, but man wanted it only for himself. Man did not respond to God’s love with love: he loved the world, but as an end in itself. But peace can not be an end in itself. Just as food that is not applied in practice is simply useless, so the world that has ceased to be transparent to God is a vanity of vanities, a meaningless cycle of time, where everything flows, everything dies and disappears.Now the connection with Absolute Beauty, the Absolute Goodness and the Absolute Meaning has been lost, as well as the connection with Life itself – the world has nothing to turn into, it becomes irrational and it becomes death.
Man, having been poisoned with arrogance and pride, wanted to give life to the forbidden fruit, but forgot that food outside of God is the taste of death and life can not come from death. Now we all eat death. Everything that goes to us as food must die, but in the end the people themselves die. So it turns out that we consider this “dead” life normal. Just think how quietly it burns around us – from cut flowers in a vase to the radioactive decay of atomic nuclei!
Man, having been poisoned with arrogance and pride, wanted to give life to the forbidden fruit, but forgot that food outside of God is the taste of death and life can not come from death. Now we all eat death.
In the aftermath of the memorial service, on behalf of one person, the Church sings:I am the image of Your inexpressible glory;However, in our declining civilization, he who is the image of God, the crown of creation, is buried in a damp grave, hidden so as not to stink, not to remind us of the perishability of the world, and not to prevent the living from commotion. As a result, such a situation is described as “normal” and a person is considered a rational being. We want satiety and consolation, but, to our shame, I ask the question: why do they need a man sentenced to death? ;
Now it would be appropriate to recall the turn of the philosopher Vladimir Solovyov:
“Death and time reign on earth, –
You do not call them masters.
Everything, turning, disappears in the fog,
Only the sun of love is motionless“.
Death is an enemy that will end, as the Apostle Paul clearly states (1 Cor. 15:26). Christ, with His Redemptive Achievement, frees us from this “name” of corruption to which we are all accustomed. In a conversation with a Samaritan woman, he made it clear that he could give everyone water that flows into eternal life (John 4:14).
The Lord has really changed the world, and now everyone has the opportunity to return to the lost and only true Source of Life. What should we fight for ourselves and what should we pray to God for our dead relatives.