Nephodiōktas

A bear rides a bicycle

Οἱ μάντεσιν ἑαυτοὺς ἐκδιδόντες ἢ τοῖς λεγομένοις ἑκατοντάρχοις ἤ τισι τοιούτοις, ὡς ἂν παρ᾿ ἐκείνων μάθοιεν ὅ τι ἂν αὐτοῖς ἐκκαλύπτεσθαι βούλοιντο, κατὰ τὰ πρώην ὑπὸ τῶν πατέρων περὶ αὐτῶν ὁρισθέντα ὑπὸ τὸν κανόνα πιπτέτωσαν τῆς ἑξαετίας. τῷ αὐτῷ δὲ τούτῳ ἐπιτιμίῳ καθυποβάλλεσθαι δεῖ καὶ τοὺς τὰς ἄρκτους ἐπισυρομένους ἢ τοιαῦτα ζῷα πρὸς παίγνιον καὶ βλάβην τῶν ἁπλουστέρων καὶ τύχην καὶ εἱμαρμένην καὶ γενεαλογίαν καὶ τοιούτων τινῶν ῥημάτων ὄχλον κατὰ τοὺς τῆς πλάνης λήρους φωνοῦντας τούς τε λεγομένους νεφοδιώκτας καὶ γητευτὰς καὶ φυλακτηρίους καὶ μάντεις. ἐπιμένοντας δὲ τούτοις καὶ μὴ μετατιθεμένους καὶ ἀποφεύγοντας τὰ ὀλέθρια ταῦτα καὶ ἑλληνικὰ ἐπιτηδεύματα παντάπασιν ἀπορρίπτεσθαι τῆς ἐκκλησίας, ὁρίζομεν, καθὰ καὶ οἱ ἱεροὶ κανόνες διαγορεύουσι· τίς γὰρ κοινωνία φωτὶ πρὸς σκότος, φησὶν ὁ ἀπόστολος, ἢ τίς συγκατάθεσις ναῷ θεοῦ μετὰ εἰδώλων, ἢ τίς μερὶς πιστῷ μετὰ  πίστου, τις δὲ συμφώνησις Χριστῷ πρὸς Βελίαρ;
(Kanones tēs en Troullōi Hagias kai Oikoumenikēs Penthektēs Sunodou, Kanon 61)

 

Those who have recourse to diviners, or to so-called ‘centurions’, or to any such persons, in order to learn from them whatever it is they want to discover, shall be subject to the canonical penalty of six years, in accordance to the decrees made by the Fathers not long ago in such matters. The same penalty ought to be inflicted on those who keep bears in tow and other such animals in order to deceive and cause mischief to the more simple-minded, haranguing the throng with fortune and fate and genealogy and other such words used in the trumpery of imposture, as well as the so-called cloud-chasers, sorcerers, purveyors of amulets, and diviners. If they persist in these things and do not renounce and flee these deadly pagan practices, we decree that they should be cast out altogether from the Church, as the sacred canons declare. For ‘what fellowship is there between light and darkness? asks the Apostle, or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? Or what does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement does Christ have with Beliar?’ (tr. George Nedungatt & Michael Featherstone)

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