朋友。君士坦丁

constantine

While searching for the image of the king, I came across this little story of miracle.

Experiencing the miracle of the Lord in anointing his career, in turn helping to bring the cause of Christianity to a new mile stone, Constantine eventually asked to be baptized at the end of his life.

From the little story of new miracle, most likely he has been living as a guardian angle in the heaven. Not all the kings anointed by God end up a life faithful and fruitful. Gladly Constantine did it and many are blessed.

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A Miracle of Saint Constantine in 1947

By Emmanuel Lagouvardos of Moscow  5/21/2012

In 1947 I was seven years old and living with my parents in Tirnavos. Christmas eve we went to my grandmothers from Tironavos to her village in Grevena Town, where we waited for my grandfather. In Elassona we visited my aunt, to stay a few hours until the military vehicle came out that was a minesweeper, because the road had mines.

Playing with my cousin of the same age at my aunt’s house, the warmer stumbled and charcoal fell onto the carpet. Saddened by the mess I escaped, disappearing from my aunt’s house and I went to the river Titarisiou that crosses Elassona. I returned home when it started getting dark. The military vehicle was gone and we stayed the night at my aunt’s house.

At night my grandmother saw in her sleep her patron St. Constantine, who told her not to go to Deskati but to return to Tirnavos because her daughter’s life was in danger.

In the morning we returned to Tirnavos where my mother was in danger of dying from bleeding (she was giving birth to my sister Vasiliki) and doctors were not found anywhere. This was the state of Guerrilla warfare. My father was looking to find a doctor in Larissa. Finally we found a military doctor who was like a guardian angel and stayed several days with us to be constantly on the side of my mother, until he escaped the danger.

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1/9/2016

  1. You are the average of the company you keep

or you are who you hang out with

we’re more affected by our environment than we think.

  1. While it’s ideal to be closely surrounded by positive, supportive people who want you to succeed, it’s also necessary to have your critics.

novices have a preference for positive feedback, but experts want negative feedback, so that they can make progress.

  1. And the more successful you become, the more criticism you’ll face. Glenn Llopis over at Forbes wrote about how “6 Types Of People Build Your Mental Toughness,” including doubters, the leeches, critics, the envious, the victims, the noise. Without them, you’d never sharpen your skills or develop tough skin.

While other types maybe easy to understand, here is about the Leeches,

These are the people who lack creativity and originality. Leeches will stay close to your every move just so they can steal your ideas. They enjoy to pick your brain for wisdom that they can use for their own personal benefit. The sibling of the leech is the loafer.

以上是西方的交友处事的价值观,都很有道理。世俗化地应用这些tips, 就会产生不同的社会群体。这也是为什么有钱人搞富豪俱乐部,在同一阶层编织自己的社交关系网。也是为什么有上流社会,草根,小人物的区分。

从神的角度来看,就不太一样了。因为神的方法不同于人的方法。比如神的儿子,耶稣,prince of the princes,降生在马槽里,木匠家。他的门徒大都是普通的打鱼人。神不以贫富衣着看待人,神看中人的内心。在神的眼里,再有钱的富人,再有权力的君王都是泥土捏成的。 再贫穷的人,如果有谦卑的心意去接受神,认识那铺设天地的至高者,神都看为尊贵,视为眼中的瞳仁。

他从灰尘里抬举贫寒人,从粪堆中提拔穷乏人。诗篇113:7

往往有钱有势的人容易自逞智慧,限定在自认为成功的环境和轨迹当中,怀疑拒绝真理。

基督教救赎的道理,将人心从闭塞的律法下解救出来,基督教简朴的仪式使之成为几乎是唯一向穷人敞开大门的宗教。

虚心的人有福了!因为天国是他们的 。

哀痛的人有福了,因为他们必得安慰。

怜悯人的人有福了,因为他们必蒙怜悯。

为 义 受 逼 迫 的 人 有 福 了 ! 因 为 天 国 是 他 们 的 。

。。。。

经历血雨腥风的镇压摧残,基督教好像一股慰籍人心的清泉,又像是一棵温柔而顽强的树苗,一直灌溉,一直成长。成为系统化,有很好的领导机构和慈善系统的宗教。

当时的罗马希腊文化不乏一些先进思想的火花,缺少基督教的悲悯情怀,只是上流社会的一些口角罢了,不能深入人心。

君士坦丁时代到来之前,他与马克森提在罗马郊外展开血战。君士坦丁在梦中被指示以(χρ)为记号征战就必胜。不解其意而冥思苦想时,一位基督徒士兵解释说这记号是“基督”的希腊语头两个字母的组合,所以当以基督的名征战。君士坦丁赞同此解,并在士兵的头盔和盾牌上都饰以(χρ)的记号。以基督的名征战,君士坦丁战胜了马克森提。因着这场胜利,君士坦丁成功的登上了罗马帝国的皇位。

在战役中,当他眺望星空时,天空中出现了火红色的十字架,伴随着这样的字样:依靠此,你将大获全胜。

在出任皇帝之后,君士坦丁就颁发了一道“米兰谕令”。米兰谕令的重点是在罗马帝国里正式宣布愿意接纳基督教,不再以她作为一个逼迫的对象。

当时罗马帝国的财政,军事,外来威胁,道德素质问题都很严重,为了建立帝国的粘合力,君士坦丁决定与基督教合作。在基督教流行的东部,以自己的名字命名建立了一个都会,就是著名的“君士坦丁堡”,成为新的经济,行政,文化,和宗教的中心。基督教在国家倾斜政策的助推下迅速普及。

及至狄奥多西,继君士坦丁之后的罗马皇帝,于公元380年公布了一道谕旨。这道谕旨在米兰谕旨的基础上,指出基督教的信仰是值得全罗马帝国人民,值得所有有思想的人,值得所有有智慧的人去接纳的一个信仰。

基督教成为罗马帝国的国教。

本来只想写交友的,写写,就写开去了,。。。

接下来,会写圣经里教导的交朋友的道理

(待续)

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