“So the Lord was not deprived of the Internet”: the code of conduct
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.
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.Abbot Andrew (Frost)
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.