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  • Russia and the West Have Swapped Spiritual and Cultural Roles

    Iben Thranholm

    The subject of this interview is a Danish journalist and theologian who hosted a series of five programmes, entitled “From Russia with Love” on Danish national public service radio, Radio24syv, with the sub-heading “An Unbiased Look at Putin's Russia.”

    Inspired by Emperor Constantine, she believes Christianity in the West can be rejuvenated by looking to the East. Iben is aware of the sheer enormity of this task. “Such, alas, is the depth to which Western hatred for Christianity has sunk,” says the theologian, who does not hesitate to defend President Putin, on whom the Western media delights in heaping derision and scorn.

    “The Pussy Riot case opened the door to Russia for me,” she explains.

    “I understood that Russia is a country that refuses to compromise on Christian values. Russia is not just a country or a nation, Russia is a spiritual concept, a state of mind. Criticism of President Putin was not the crime for which the activists were tried and convicted. Their crime was the invasion of the Christ-The-Saviour Cathedral, the holiest of places, and engaging in a blasphemous act in front of the iconostases.

    In the West, freedom of speech is widely deployed for the purpose of desecrating religion, but Russia does not permit crossing the line into blasphemy. That really fascinated me, and so I travelled to Moscow to learn more and this eventually resulted in a series of radio programmes trying to help Danes move beyond the tedious and unhelpful caricature-like clichés and provide them with a nuanced view of Russia.”

    What was your impression of Russia?

    “I experienced a fantastic energy, a moral energy similar to America in the '50s with the old moral values. I met helpful, poetic and cultured people with a spirit of self-sacrifice I have not seen before. The atmosphere in Moscow is completely different from that of any capital in Europe, and unlike here in the West, I feel much more spiritually free in the East.

    While the West is deriding and disowning Christianity and Europe revels in self-loathing, Russians are returning to Christianity in a modern and contemporary context. Bear in mind that Christianity was suppressed under Communism, which was atheistic. Russians are familiar with the bitter fruit of atheism and have no appetite for the bleak and barren wasteland it produced.

    The interesting thing is, that in Russia, Christianity is associated with being modern and progressive. It is the spirit of the young, the hip, the wise and the wealthy, who express their Christianity as a completely natural and straightforward way of life. Christianity is simply fashionable, but not in the superficial Western pop manner. Christianity’s roots grow deep in the soil of Russian life, and they look with amazement at how we guard, or rather, disregard, our spiritual heritage.

    Not only that: They discern in our obsession with political correctness, and the social liberal opinion policing of the general media and academia, a new manifestation of the terror of totalitarianism they counted themselves blessed to escape after 75 terrible years.

    After the Cold War, East and West swapped roles spiritually, culturally and morally. Cultural Marxism now holds unrestrained sway in the West.

    But Communism and Social Democracy are probably not the same?

    “Let me put it a different way. During the rule of Communism, Russia found itself in the grip of a culture of death, but she is returning to life, in the sense of Christian culture with a strong awareness of the historical roots and continuity.”

    The situation in the West is the complete opposite. We celebrate death and have surrendered to the satanic view of man in a self-righteous rage and rant against God. We can divorce with ease on-line. We prioritise work and career above family responsibilities especially raising children. We favour euthanasia, abortion on demand, homosexual rights and same-sex marriage while our cities are submerged in Islam and growing segregation.

    Russia has chosen a completely different direction, and it is one of the reasons that many Russians perceive activists like Pussy Riot as latter-day Bolsheviks. They invade and desecrate the sanctity of the church, a holy place. The West celebrates this as progress and prosperity. Russians are reminded that the spirit of communism is still alive. It merely assumes new forms and takes up residence in the West, where liberals and progressives love and adore Pussy Riot.

    Today, the spirit of communism shows itself in western worship of human rights, freedom of speech and the elite’s utopian notions of so-called open societies. We are headed for the very wasteland that the Russians were relieved to leave behind. Patriarch Kirill has warned the West: “Do not take the path we took. We tried it and it leads to destruction!”

    Recently the Russian military held an exercise based on the scenario of an attack on northern Norway, Aaland, Gotland and Bornholm. Do we just turn the other cheek?

    “Well, that's not the true way to look at it. The Russians hold such an exercise because of the geopolitical pressure that NATO creates by deploying hostile military forces along the Ukrainian border and in the old Warsaw Pact countries.

    Russian foreign policy has long been demonized. Russia is compelled to respond to a situation it did not create, which is not the same as aggression. Why should Russia accept being cut off from access to the sea, from Saint Petersburg to Vladivostok? Such a thing is unthinkable. With bald-faced hypocrisy, the West makes it look like Russia is our new enemy. The truth is exactly the opposite. The West is its own worst enemy.

  • #2
    This is a very fascinating article which addresses questions I have had for a while now.
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    • #3
      Russia does seem to have the moral high ground, over the US, these days, in a whole range of issues.
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      • #4
        i realize that protestants will not find this easy to believe, and there may be those with an instant negative reaction to what I am about to share but I think it may shed some light on what's been happening in Russia. I find it most interesting that in Catholic recent history, starting in 1917 through the 1920's, in the messages of Fatima, Mary asked that Russia specifically be consecrated by the Pope and all the Bishops "[SIZE=14px][FONT=Times New Roman]promising its conversion through this means and the hindering of the propagation of its errors"[FONT=verdana] [SIZE=12px]according to Lucy, one of the young children to whom the messages were given[/SIZE][/FONT][/FONT][SIZE=12px][FONT=verdana].[/FONT][/SIZE][/SIZE]

        In 1942 the entire world was consecrated. In 1952 the peoples of Russia were consecrated by apostolic letter but not with the Bishops in union with the Pope. In 1984 Pope John Paul II consecrated Russia in a public ceremony during a whole world consecration. 5 years later the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union began to break up. Here is a timeline of events:
        • March 25, 1984 Pope John Paul II, "united with all the pastors of the Church in a particular bond whereby we constitute a body and a college," consecrates "the whole world, especially the peoples for which by reason of their situation you have particular love and solicitude." Both the Pope and Sr. Lucia initially seemed uncertain that the consecration has been fulfilled, but shortly thereafter Sr. Lucia tells the papal nuncio to Portugal that the Consecration is fulfilled.
        • May 13, 1984 One of the largest crowds in Fatima history gathers at the shrine to pray the Rosary for peace.
        • May 13, 1984 An explosion at the Soviets’ Severomorsk Naval Base destroys two-thirds of all the missiles stockpiled for the Soviets’ Northern Fleet. The blast also destroys workshops needed to maintain the missiles as well as hundreds of scientists and technicians. Western military experts called it the worst naval disaster the Soviet Navy has suffered since WWII.
        • December 1984 Soviet Defense Minister, mastermind of the invasion plans for Western Europe, suddenly and mysteriously dies.
        • March 10, 1985 Soviet Chairman Konstantin Chernenko dies
        • March 11, 1985 Soviet Chairman Mikhail Gorbachev elected
        • April 26, 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident
        • May 12, 1988 An explosion wrecked the only factory that made the rocket motors for the Soviets’ deadly SS 24 long-range missiles, which carry ten nuclear bombs each.
        • August 29, 1989 Sr. Lucia affirms in correspondence that the consecration "has been accomplished" and that "God will keep His word."
        • November 9, 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall
        • Nov-Dec 1989 Peaceful revolutions in Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania
        • 1990 East and West Germany are unified
        • December 25, 1991 Dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics


        Now we see Russia leading the moral high ground while the west falls into moral decay.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by thereselittleflower View Post
          i realize that protestants will not find this easy to believe
          I find it a little over my head.
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          • #6
            I warn all protestants to not be deceived by russia and putin. I once believed putin and russia were a shining light in this world. However, the putin administration is apparently not nice at all to russian protestants. The orthodox church is riddled with satanic iconography and is having tonnes of meetings for reunification with rome as we speak. I can't say for certain but I think it is healthy to entertain the idea that putin is an agent of the deception. It's not too hard to believe considering what I just said plus the fact that he is allied with countries like Iran and marxist china. I think perhaps we protestants are truly without organized political/military power, and we're really going to be the lambs at the chopping block when the end-times doo-doo hits the fan :(
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            • #7
              Hi Belgaf,

              I definitely respect your reservations, and caution. However, you haven't said anything that isn't true of Obama, except Obama is the most hostile U.S. President to the Christian faith. I realize the grass sometimes looks greener on the other side, and I must say that the fields over in Russia with their homosexual propaganda policy, and Putin's war against ISIS makes it that much more appealing, less hostile, and safer for grazing sheep.

              And welcome to CF.org's forum!

              God bless,
              William
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              • #8
                Yes I admit, as a christian... Russia has a rather warm glow from here in the west, does it not? I'm just terrified of falling for false saviours :( Hitler looked like the great hope for christendom once upon a time, which is why he had catholic support. However, he turned out to be a pagan occultist!

                I'm not saying putin is anything like that, but I'm just very paranoid about placing my hope in earthly things in these end times. At the same time... I can't really knock anybody for liking him, because he is really th best we've got at the moment. Except I would also like to point out, and suggest everyone google... Viktor Orban of Hungary. I suspect many here would appreciate him :)

                Also, please forgive my paranoia haha I'm SUPER into end times prophecy and eschatology.

                Very glad to have found a protestant community online! I do a lot of online gaming, and my gaming guild is mixed christian so I'm worried about tossing any anti-pope rhetoric out in the open. It's still a nice community to be a part of though.

                Cheers,
                Sean (Belgaf)
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