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Originally posted by Romantic_Rebel
reply to post by platipus
I have my own view on my own personal God. A lot of it I took from Judaism view on God. since I it clicked with me. I still and always view myself as an Atheist and or skeptic. I'm fine with religion. You just can't have both an average life and religion. It's like being a gang banger and trying to be the opposite.
Father Arseny, a former Russian Art Historian, converted to Orthodoxy and priested. He suffered under Stalin's regime, as did so many. He was sent to the camps in 1933, and then again in 1939, to a death camp in Siberia. Though it was imprisonment, death through cold, deprivation, brutality and overwork was the intention of all who went there.
Arseny was strong in his faith, and grew stronger during his time there. In fact, against all the odds, he survived for years, down to 1957 and his release. Life expectancy for most was two to three years.
Like Therese of Lisieux, he discovered the Little Way of service to God and others in humble trust to God in the face of seemingly insurmountable problems. He tended the sick at risk to himself. He was beaten by staff and inmtate alike, yet always came back with faith and love. He was not deluded about people, he knew what they were like; his faith in God overcame it.
There is an incredible account of how he and a new inmate of 23, who had been beaten badly, where thrown into an external punishment cell - a metal box basically. It was -30 of cold outside. Death was to be expected within four hours though exposure. Arseny stood to pray out loud despite the cold...
...48 hours later, the cell was opened, and both men walked out warm and healthy.