[ by Charles Cameron — miracle in Egypt, human perfection in Russia ]
Vladimir Putin says he has never made a mistake because God wanted him to be perfect http://t.co/ZwDu0bnekk pic.twitter.com/CpxSi1srjP
— The Independent (@Independent) June 10, 2015
It’s not entirely clear, then, why he would need to be “shriven ” — have his confession heard and be granted absolution — by Abbot Ephraim
To be fair, though — Putin‘s exact words, as reported in the body of the Independent post:
It appears that the Lord built my life in a way that I have nothing to regret.
Not quite the same thing as “God wanted him to be perfect” — although, doesn’t God want that for everyone? Matthew 5.48, at least in the King James version.
Meanwhile in Egypt:
Egypt mosque preacher: a man's tongue was paralysed when he tried to pray against Sisi, who then appeared in a vision http://t.co/55hEjmBLyC
— Samer Al-Atrush (@SameralAtrush) June 10, 2015
June 11th, 2015 at 1:20 am
Expresses my feelings perfectly –
June 11th, 2015 at 7:52 pm
This may not be as bad as it sounds when considered in the context of Hebrews 10:14
this is the basis of the fundamentalist belief that when they’re ‘born again’ they’ll be ensured salvation. It seems if you scratch below the surface you can find certain affinities between Orthodox Catholics and Evangelicals.
June 12th, 2015 at 12:59 am
On the topic of the miraculous — did you see this NYT magazine piece on Pentecostal child preachers in Brazil?