The theological value of dogmas

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The dogmas of the Church, supported by the Gospels, were revealed and transmitted by the Ecumenical Council Fathers of the Undivided Church in the breath of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit being the soul of the Church, which perpetually attests to the truth of the Church. The dogmas are truths that bring divine Life to the world. Proclaiming the dogmas within a just profession of faith ensures the influence of divine powers on our world, powers that support the basis of the world created by God.

In its wisdom, the Church enclosed these divine life powers  into formulas of faith in order to make them accessible to our intelligence and to incite our participation in the divine and human work of spiritual vivification of the world. The history of the Church shows that truth and life, humbleness and love are indeed divine powers, as it is said in the Gospels. The Apostle John testifies that these powers are Names of the Word of God Itself, Names that Christ gives Himself and by which the Church claims His divinity and the mystery of His Incarnation [1]. Truth, life, humbleness and love support the dogmas of the Church unfailingly, just as the four arms of the Cross enclosed in the Verb’s spread arms the power of divine Life which shone upon all Creatures during the glorious Resurrection of Easter morning. Any change that we bring to the Church dogmas that claim the divine-human mystery of the shining of divine Life in the world alters the Truth, the harmony of life, which are based on dogmas. The Church of God is the pillar and the basis of truth claims Apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy (1Tm 3, 15). It ensures the keeping and safeguarding, with purity and integrity, of the Truth through a just profession of faith.

The dogmas of the Church are to be kept unchanged, this reflects in our hearts, keeping the word of Christ, as He said to His disciples: “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word” (John, 14, 23). Keeping the Word and safeguarding the purity of the dogmas demands a simple heart and a faithful spirit that obeys the Tradition. This is necessary not only to a life of humbleness, truth, justice, obedience and faithfulness but also to the growth of love, the influence of divine virtues of peace, charity, gentleness of soul, joy of the spirit, forbearance, helpfulness, goodness, trust in others, gentleness, self-control.” (Gal 5, 22-23). It ensures and safeguards the world against the surge of rebellious forces that work together against the divine Truth and its blossoming in man’s heart. Keeping the dogmas pure is indeed a source of Salvation, a light that shines on history’s fast approach to the end of all endings, the glorious Return of Christ. The work of the Fathers of the Church of all ages, their unanimous proclamations of the Ecumenical Councils bear witness to this.

The Christian Apostles and Fathers of the undivided Church of the first centuries sowed the seeds of the Christian faith through their preaching, their claims, theirs teachings, their writings and their martyrdom in life and in death. In the bare land of the nations, they sowed together with the word of the Gospels, the seeds of life and thus planted in our hearts the vivifying buds of the new Life, which would blossom when we take in the Word and under the light of the true faith, the “Orthodox“faith, of which the Church, under the pristine protection of the Mother of God ensures the safeguarding, away from any alteration or deformation.

[1] “I am the way, and the truth and the life John” 14, 6 ; “I am gentle and humble in heart” Matthew 11, 29 ; “God is Love”  (1John 4, 8 ; 16)