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Who is a "brother" or "sister"?


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#1 Daniela S.

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 02:01 AM

Greetings to All,

     I often find myself unsure of who the Apostles and Holy Fathers are referring to when they give spiritual advice concerning how to live with our brothers and sisters.  At times it seems that perhaps they are referring to all of humanity, and at times it seems that perhaps they are referring only to brothers and sisters in Christ. Is there a difference here, and if so, how do we discern it?



#2 Antonios

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 04:20 AM

I think it must be taken in context.   Sometimes 'brother' or 'sister' refers to our fellow Christian believer, sometimes monastic brother/sister, sometimes our actual flesh and blood relative, and sometimes it generically means our neighbor (that is, all people).  Is there any particular verse which has you stumped?






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