Advice 1: How Orthodox Christianity applies to runes

In the last 20 years in the community there is active growth of interest in old Norse culture. Edda myths, in contrast to the Greek - studied even at school, attracted by the charm of novelty. Contributed to this interest and the genre of fantasy. In line with the Hobbies in Norse mythology emerged and interest in runes.
The runes on the stele by drevneindiysky
The runes are the Norse alphabet. The Normans pre-Christian era knew neither parchment nor paper. The writing was applied to wood, stone, metal objects, then said not to "write" and "cut the runes". Linked to this is the angular form of the runes – marks composed of straight lines located at different angles.

With the birth of writing, the idea of conservation of information is not in the form of drawings depicting concrete images and signs that transmit abstract concepts, excitement, mixed with fear. It seemed like witchcraft – every written word seemed a spell. So, writing "turned into" magic signs emerged runic magic.

Runes as pagan tradition

Runic inscriptions on the sacred stones, weapons, and other artifacts of the Viking age is an important part of Norse history and culture. Against their study as opposed to any scientific research in the field of history or cultural studies, the Orthodox Church did not mind never. Objections arise when modern people begin to perceive the runes just as the ancient Norsemen – their magical aspect, and do it even those who consider themselves Christians.

Some runes directly relate to the gods of the Norse Pantheon: Ansuz – Odin, Inguz – Freerom, Teyvaz – Turom. The use of such runes (e.g. mascots) actually means the worship of pagan gods. The Christian doesn't have to do this fundamentally, this is a direct violation of the commandment enjoining the worship of only one God: "Yes, no will you have other gods..."

The magical essence of the runes

The Church rejects the very idea of magic. It clearly stated in the old Testament: "do Not nothing guess... And if the soul turn to mediums and wizards, I will pay the person at the soul and destroy it from the people". Not repealed this prohibition in the New Testament: the revelation of John the theologian in the number of those who no road to the heavenly city, along with the "sexually immoral and murderers" called sorcerers.

Magic is an attempt to control the invisible world of spirits. Angels to control man cannot, in principle, they obey only God – hence, the MAG remains only to control the demons, or rather, to think that he can manage them. To put themselves at the service of the forces of evil is unacceptable for a Christian. In addition, this attempt to transcend the limits of natural possibilities is a manifestation of pride – the greatest sin that creates all others.

There is nothing good in divination, and runic. Wanting to know your future, exhibiting a distrust of God, to His will, and the faith is no longer the question. Besides, during the runic divination appealing to standards – pagan goddesses of fate.

The risk of rune magic was obvious even to the Norse pagans. In the sagas we can find examples of the negative consequences of the reckless use of runes. In this light, it becomes clear the words of the "Elder Edda": "Here is what I will answer when asking the runes are divine... good in silence". None of the Icelander or Norwegian of the era not drew even in the air rune symbol, the value of which bad imagined. Modern people often wear talismans with the image of the runes, about which I know nothing. This attitude towards runes can not withstand scrutiny not only from the perspective of the Orthodox Church, but also from the point of view of the Scandinavian mythological tradition.

Advice 2 : Fundamental differences between Orthodox Christianity

Long before the adoption of Christianity by the Slavs called themselves Orthodox, worshipped as the Government of the upper world inhabited by the Gods. As you know, after the birth of Jesus Christ the visit of the Magi-mages. Therefore, provided the bridge from the Slavic Orthodox Christianity, in Russia, which is also referred to as Orthodoxy.
Fundamental differences between Orthodox Christianity

The baptism of two fingers in the Slavic Orthodox tradition

Differences between Slavic Orthodoxy from Christianity a lot. Should be the most fundamental of them. They were designated the Christian Church in the 17th century, becoming one of the main reasons for the persecution of the followers of the old Slavonic of the Orthodox faith – those who are called believers. In the Slavic Orthodox sacred importance was the baptism of duberstein. The fact that the sacrament of baptism also appeared long before Christianity, he taught the Magi. In the baptism of two fingers the middle finger represents God, and the index – person. Thus, duperie meant the unity of man with God.

Custom to be baptized right to left also came from Slavic Orthodoxy and preserved in Orthodox Christianity. For the ancient Slavs baptism from right to left signified the victory of light over darkness and of truth over falsehood.

A symbol of faith for Christians is Jesus Christ himself, and for the Orthodox Slavs and the old believers is an ancient equilateral cross, which originally was solar circle. This cross symbolized the way the Government (in other words – the Truth), the starting point for which was the moment of sunrise.

However, the light of life and destiny in the Slavic Orthodoxy

The truth and the light of life in the tradition of Slavic Orthodoxy symbolized by odd numbers. Hence to this day it is a tradition to give for the holidays an odd number of colors, and even – to bring the deceased for whom the light of life already extinguished.

In Slavic Orthodoxy existed the concept of destiny, embodies faith in the rozhanitsy – the heavenly hosts world and the ancient goddesses of fate. Was it the concept of God's judgment mentioned in "Word about Igor's regiment".

Came to Russia Christianity has existed for centuries with the Orthodox Church and became Orthodox Christianity. Realizing how much Christianity has mixed with Slavic Orthodoxy, Patriarch Nikon decided to correct the Church books and customs of the Greek canons. As a result, reform of Nikon not only led to the persecution of believers, but also to the destruction of the preserved heritage of the Slavic Orthodoxy.

In Christianity the Orthodox Slavs is not even mentioned. However light image of Jesus Christ taken root in Russian soil, and Christianity has become one of the most important components of Russian culture. In fact, Christianity and Slavic Orthodoxy – it is just different ways to comprehend one God, but because they are equally worthy of respect. Unlike Slavic Orthodoxy is that it is closer to the spiritual origins of ancient cultures.
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