The authors of this site were raised with the Orthodox Christian Religion’s values in the simplest way. Hardships in life, like the ones every single person encounters every now and then, miracles experienced while coping with those hardships, the meeting with Elder Paisios, whom you can read about on this website, as well as the books read about Elders Porphyrios and Elder Iakovos Tsalikis, were quite enough to make the authors realize that there is something good and real in the Orthodox Christian Religion.
As many Orthodox Christians, the authors while growing up, perceived this Faith as part of their country’s traditions that just brought people together in the church and taught them some good values. Exactly like what all religions do, as many philosophical trends and movements have done for centuries as well. Time came though at which the authors understood that the Orthodox Christian Religion is not only about some nice teachings, and Christ is not only a part of a beautiful story from the past. They came to understand that Christ appears to be real, and he works miracles tirelessly in order to make us better and happier persons. The authors are saying here “appears to be real” and not “he is real” because they always want to leave a small doubt in case time tells different things while we grow older, learn more things, and become more mature. So far, the Orthodox Christian Religion has made the huge difference in the life of the creators and authors of this site, and the best proof of that difference is this site itself & its content, as well as unique projects that you may know about in the future.
The authors, as mentioned above, did not take the Orthodox Christian Religion as gospel. They actually took it as gospel only when they were children, which is normal and always comes naturally to any child because of their parents’s beliefs. When they entered the teenage years in which everyone usually disputes everyone and everything, they started researching on their faith as they did with many other topics they were interested in.
The authors believe that everyone, whatever religion he or she may have, must at one point start doubting about it, and study and other religions. Accepting and following the religion passed on to them by their parents and ancestors, may not be wise for a thinking person of our times. Why to take whatever our religion says as gospel without first studying and other religions? Even if we consider it good and we are happier by applying its teachings to our lives, when we study and other religions we may find and something better, or after our research we may consider our religion not just good, but the best and the only true. Everything is possible. Believing that the religion we have been raised with is the only true, without first knowing about what the other religions teach, that alone has too much ego in it. And ego is always harmful and blinds. That’s why the authors of this website, while always trying to be open-minded, they studied and researched all the other religions because they considered that course of action the only way to find the truth.
What they found, studied and experienced in the past years did not allow them to turn a blind eye and just say “OK, God exists, or a power above us (as most people say) exists, and now let’s continue our lives”. When someone is almost certain that God and Christ exist, and they make their life better when they believe in Them, they definitely want to let others know about it in order to make them, too, enjoy a better life. Let’s note here again that the authors are saying for one more time “almost certain” because they do not want to say yet “certain”. They believe that we all should keep a small doubt within, despite the evidence and experience we may have had because as long as we live we learn.
To avoid misunderstandings, the authors are Orthodox Christians and are practicing the Orthodox Christian Religion because they consider it the most true so far religion. While growing older, they are open to study more, learn, experience, evaluate, accept or reject new things when it comes to religion. That process may lead them to a point at which they could say that another religion holds the truth, or that the Orthodox Christian Religion is undoubtedly the only true religion. Time will tell.
The authors do not try to convert people to the Orthodox Christian Religion. They just want to present facts that showed them that something good and real exists in this religion.
Needless to say, although ongoing efforts have been made by the authors towards being as objective as possible, what is written on this site should not be taken as gospel, and everyone should evaluate it and then, if they think so, reject, dispute, or accept it. We should always do that if we want to move life forward. If we are constantly complaining about the mess the world is mired, only interested in having something to eat and just some money to hang out, and at the same time taking as gospel whatever we hear here and there without first evaluating it, then the world will never change for the better.
The authors apologize for any mistakes made regarding the English language. While they continue to study the English language, the content of this website will be corrected, and slowly all the mistakes will be eliminated.