Yes! Embrace, Bryan! lol I would have made a joke about all those anti-s you have enlisted here in relation to your last name and its meaning in Greek
My last name has no meaning at all in Greek. My last name is Irish, and it is an Anglicization of "Ua Maoldhomnaigh", which means "descendent of a servant of the Church". There is no "meaning in Greek" for my last name--unless you subscribe to the delusion of the father in My Big, Fat Greek Wedding
, who thinks all languages, including Japanese, are descended from Greek.
Bryan, do you understand that when you see a stranger you have no idea about his heart, what he believes, what he seeks, what is his repentance and thirst for the Truth. Now think about all the strangers you see in your life. Who are we to judge Another's servant? No one said to embrace heresy and the likes
If you say I ought not be anti- the doctrines of heretics and pagans, then you say that I must embrace heresy and paganism. If I am not to be anti- the doctrine that "the goddess" rules everything, then I must either embrace that doctrine or say that the doctrine doesn't matter. If I am not to be anti- the doctrine that Mohammed is the final messenger of God and that Christ is not the Only-Begotten Son, then I must either embrace those doctrines or say that those doctrines do not differ in any important way from Orthodoxy.
I am able to love and have compassion without blindly agreeing with everything someone else believes and without pretending their errors are not errors.
You are giving me two alternatives:
I either must embrace all the doctrines of Islam, all the doctrines of Buddhism, even all the doctrines of Satanism (or at the very least, not oppose a single one of their doctrines), or I am hateful and sociopathic (lacking compassion).
To refuse to be anti- these doctrines means that one must either embrace them or at the very least insist that the Church is wrong in being anti- these doctrines, since it is wrong to reject any doctrine at all, no matter what it is. To reject a doctrine requires that one be anti- that doctrine. They are one and the same.
Do you reject the doctrine that the Messiah has not been yet born? Then you are antijudaic, for you reject a central doctrine of Judaism.
Do you reject the doctrine that God monistic and does not beget? Then you are antimuslim, for you reject a central doctrine of Islam.
Do you reject the cycle of samsara as the way that karma/dharma are played out? Then you are antibuddhist, for you reject a central doctrine of Buddhism.
What faith is as full of Truth as Orthodoxy? What doctrine is the equal of Orthodoxy's? If you refuse to be anti- a faith or a doctrine, then you have agreed that the faith or doctrine in question is as fully true as and equal to Orthodoxy.
but you and I have no idea what another person believes.
And then, by the same argument, you have no idea what I believe. If you have, by your own argument, no idea what I believe, how can you speak to what I, or anyone else, believes? How can you speak opposition to any person, at any time, for any thing? Have you ever opposed any other person? If you do not know what they believe, how can you have done that?
Did you ever hear the story of Saint Makarios and the pagan who beat the disciple of Saint Makarios? Do you think Saint Makarios embraced the gods of that pagan and the erroneous ideas when he embraced and showed love to that pagan?
No, but I also do not believe that I ever claimed, even once, that we were not to show love to a "pagan". Please point out specifically wherein I stated that people should be hated. Please point out where I stated that we are not set ourselves up as personal enemies of people and not, instead, oppose erroneous doctrines and beliefs.