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The True Ark

The True Ark

Many times the Church Fathers compare the Church to Noah’s ark. As those who entered the ark were saved from destruction, so those who enter the Church today are saved from the universal destruction of sin and death. But the work of the Church is higher and more positive than that of Noah’s ark. Because under Noah’s direction, the ark took in brute animals and brute animals it released. But the Church, wrote St. John Chrysostom, under the leadership of Christ, takes sinners and turns them into saints. So he says, the cock entered the ark a cock, and a cock he departed. The wolf entered the ark a wolf, and a wolf he departed. But when someone enters the ark of the Church, he enters a cock and departs a dove. He enters a wolf, and departs a lamb. He enters a caterpillar and departs a butterfly (St. John Chrysostom).

Coniaris, Anthony M.; Harakas, Stanley S. (1998-01-01). Philokalia: The Bible of Orthodox Spirituality

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