«So the Lord was not deprived of the Internet»: the code of conduct

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotobanka-Pechersk Lavra«So the Lord was not deprived of the Internet»: the code of conduct© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotobelka Mikheev

The priests have a «code of conduct on the Internet». It was well-known missionary Archpriest Alexander Abdulin, urging colleagues not to resemble the characters of the series «Interns» and the answer «don’t know» when you have nothing to say. «What would you do if you were on age, length of service and intelligence, you will still be in demand as the Patriarch,» wrote he in his «Live journal». Today, the Internet in the service of the monks — one from the Council of bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, which takes place from 29 November to 2 December in Moscow. Compatible with monastic service with blogging that bring the monks to a worldwide network and what to choose — online or drinks, understood the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

Abbot Andrew (frost) three years directed the theological Seminary in Yakutsk. In one interview he said that the dreams that each student had the makings of a Saint. He is now the Abbot of the main Cathedral of the Kuban at Kropotkin. In «Facebook» he has five thousand «friends.»

«Like everything else in this world, the Church has its own ideal of the monk. But the main ideal of monasticism is separation from the world. In the search for God and the closest communion with him. The Internet is still an instrument of peace and social networks — a means of communication. And here it is important to find the ratio as appropriate for a monk,» says the priest.

Scientists monks

Since monasticism in Russia was divided into monastic and academic. To the latter belonged, as a rule, prominent scholars training in translations, scientific works and teaching. A vivid example — the monk Maxim the Greek, of which academician Lihachev called «the first intellectual in Russia». He, in particular, translated from the Greek Psalter, one of the main Christian liturgical books. Later scholar monks began to classify and monks serving in parishes in the world.

Should the worldly monk as well retire from the world, like its counterpart in the cell? It’s a fine line, says father Andrew. «All things are lawful, but not everything is beneficial,» wrote the Apostle Paul. The man who has not learned to distinguish good from evil, the Internet is dangerous to walk.

«Monk cultivates a new man, it’s hard. And pour into the Internet the difficulties of spiritual experience, as often happens, is an extremely harmful occupation,» — said the priest.

False meanings

Of the destructive influence of Internet publications, said the Patriarch of the monks of the Solovetsky monastery. To hide from the overwhelming world of information flow within the monastery walls, such as walls of the legendary monastery-fortress, today, and warned the Primate of the Russian Church.

Facebook is the stream. Remember that it was originally conceived as a tool for Dating? And became a megaproject. Bots, fakes, some people have seven or eight pages. In this stream the priest, especially if he is inexperienced, it is very difficult to understand: take something at face value and he will become the founder of a fake», — develops the idea of the Patriarch father Andrew.

However, he believes that «Facebook» will lose much, if it will go away. Why? Because the monastery of the web page it compares with the «beacons showing the path in a safe haven among the waves of a stormy world.» «If the Orthodox will disappear from the Internet, where in the era of Internet-based believers will take at least a schedule of services?» he laughs.

Prayer on the Internet

Widely known in the «Orthodox Internet» the Moscow doctors, the priest IBAS, instead (Senchukov) gathers thousands of likes and comments. It constantly shut down and called a heretic, to which he treated with humor and prays that «the Lord did not allow of depriving the monks of the Internet.»

«You always have sobriety. And from the monk to do everything in order not to become a slave of the Internet, so the Internet did not become a sinful act, like any other addiction. You can also sit to drink vodka — you do not have any Internet. Of course, if you put the question, to drink vodka or to sit on Facebook, it is best to go to undergo treatment. And if you talk in General, the Internet business more productive,» said the father of the IBAS, instead.

Hard debate he endorses, but only in addition to «battles» where it is important to choose the most succinct curse. And even simple pictures from worship, according to father Theodoret, benefit the people: they see what they knew on the Internet father, «not suffering from this nonsense,» and serves, and so the Church is present in the world.

«My opinion: the Internet is good. Definitely harmful drugs. As for monks, if one walks into any place, whether in the Internet or even in a public toilet, his behavior always has to be a sermon,» concludes the priest.
The Patriarch online

In late November, the Moscow Patriarchate has launched a new online project «the Patriarch says.» The opinion of Patriarch Kirill on dozens of key topics, from foreign policy to the righteousness and love — you can now read on the Internet. For example, postmodern, says the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, eventually will lead to the Apocalypse.

The Internet has reached even the traditionally shun publicity believers. They, of course, are far from the usual Orthodox fierce discussions about the need for Epiphany bathing, «lean» oysters and moving the date of Christmas. But it’s a start: even in Uganda, the head of mission of the Russian Orthodox old believers ‘ Church the priest Nikola Bobkov has posted on Facebook pictures of African villages where several dozen local residents decided to accept the Orthodoxy of the «old rite».

«Help yourself to anything. God’s in the blessing spoken already that it was all created for you. But use only within the benefit,» — wrote in the nineteenth century Russian Saint Theophan the recluse. Russian Orthodoxy has long gone from the idea that the Internet is the «devil’s nets». And judgments of the Council of bishops, including about «priests online», will be published on the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Internet.

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