Reflections

Reflections

Very often in our everyday life we, consciously or unconsciously, use ideas and expressions which are biblical, but do we know the meaning and significance of these invaluable words? Aren’t we using them inappropriately, out of place? The show “Reflections” touches upon these issues.

Giving Birth in Great Pain
12/04/2024

Giving Birth in Great Pain

Today this phrase is usually used in the creative fields and means creating some new work, idea, theory, project, etc. "Giving birth in great pain" reminds us of the history of sinning by the first humans, Adam and Eve. The Bible tells that they lived in the Garden of Eden and were both naked and were not ashamed: they were like children. Here the wisdom of the first humans is emphasized: they were as if they were naked and open for God's power.

 

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Whore of Babylon
05/04/2024

Whore of Babylon

A harlot, seducer. In non-religious context, this phrase is mostly used in humorous context as a synonym of an unserious, coquettish woman. As for the Bible, the image of the whore of Babylon is not about a certain or symbolic woman. It is about countries and nations, including Israel, that do not know God or have separated themselves from Him. For example, Ezekiel the Prophet likens Jerusalem to a harlot. Forgetting her God and deviating to idolatry, Israel is presented here in the image of an unfaithful woman who has fornicated with Egyptians, Assyrians and Babylonians.

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Antichrist
29/03/2024

Antichrist

Antichrist, Leviathan: its metaphorical usage means a man unpleasing to God, an evildoer, blasphemer, that is someone who acts against God's commandments. Later, this word started to be used as a swear word and generally mean a bad or cruel man. The word “Antichrist” is found in St. John's epistles: “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour”(1 John 2:18).

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Angel
22/03/2024

Angel

This word is used in non-religious context as a symbol of spiritual and physical perfection. A virtuous human can be called an angel, and this comparison includes appreciation, praise or flattery. The “angelic” attribute shows the highest degree of certain qualities: patience, meekness, sinlessness, purity, the character generally, and physical beauty. 

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Hungry and Thirsty
15/03/2024

Hungry and Thirsty

This is about those who yearn for spiritual values to find the meaning of their existence, or in the hope of searching for moral guides and truth. In a humorous context, this is about starving and thirsty people. Christ starts the Sermon on the Mount with the Beatitudes, one of which says: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled" (Mt. 5:6).

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Hell
08/03/2024

Hell

Hell, Netherworld, fiery Gehenna: this is a common concept that expresses one of the ideas about the place where humans go after death and where sinners will be eternally tormented. In everyday usage, the adjective “hellish” describes the utmost bad condition of different life realities. For example, starvation, heat, cold, boredom, or work may be described as “hellish.”

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Cornerstone
01/03/2024

Cornerstone

This means the meaning of something important, a beginning or a foundation on which everything rests. The first mentions of the cornerstone date back to ancient times. The cornerstone was used in the construction of temples or defensive structures. It was usually installed at the base of the building in a way that it held the entire weight of the building. Later, the procedure of laying the first stone at the base of a structure became a whole ritual. The initials of the persons involved in the construction, and the date of the construction are carved on the cornerstone. In some countries, newspapers, coins and other symbolic items are also placed next to the stone.

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Return on Its Course
23/02/2024

Return on Its Course

This phrase means the return of something to its usual place, initial position, as well as that nothing is essentially new in this world: everything keeps repeating. This phrase is from the Bible: “Everything is meaningless. What do people gain from all their labors at which they toil under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises, and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning to its course” (Ecc. 1:2-6).

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God Comes to the One Who Comes to God
16/02/2024

God Comes to the One Who Comes to God

This means that if humans aspire to God and believe in Him, God will be pleased by them and will help and support them in their lives. This maxim originates from the Bible: James 4:8 verse reads,"Come near to God, and He will come near to you."

 

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Those Who Call on God in Vain, Live Their Life in Vain
09/02/2024

Those Who Call on God in Vain, Live Their Life in Vain

In a religious sense, those who pronounce God's name without reason or need, or vainly and foolishly, live their life in vain. God is Love, while one of the demonstrations of love is the world harmony. That is why anything in humans that is related to disagreement and love for conflicts is undesirable for God.

 

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A Human Walks While God Leads
02/02/2024

A Human Walks While God Leads

This maxim originates from the Bible. It means that a holy person becomes a vessel of God, in which God lives and works. The righteous live not for themselves, but for God; they are led by God. This is written in the Apostle Paul's Epistle to the Romans: "Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God… The Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father" (Rom. 8:14-15).

 

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Trust It But Check It Out
26/01/2024

Trust It But Check It Out

There are people who, after learning about something that is true, say: "It would be better if I didn't learn about it. I was at ease, while now I don't know what to do." Such people thought they had been doing everything correctly, while it turned out they were wrong and grossly deluded. The Book of Sirach says, "Whoever trusts others too quickly has a shallow mind, and those who sin wrong themselves" (Sir. 19:4).

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Whoever Performs Good Deeds Will Be Rewarded by God
21/01/2024

Whoever Performs Good Deeds Will Be Rewarded by God

"God is the one who pays for good." This maxim says that if you perform a good deed, it will return to you. God can see everything and will reward you for your good deeds. In a spiritual sense, a good deed is anything that is honest and beneficial, anything that is demanded by the duties of a human being, citizen, head of family and is the opposite of evil.

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