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Παρασκευή, 5 Οκτωβρίου 2018

Concerning Dιvine Justice


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ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH


Concerning Dιvine Justice
Question from the audience, which is not recorded adequately, and refers to the Justice of God.
Answer (by Fr. Savvas): Yes. The Justice of God is again Love. God has no passions at all. Whenever you read expressions, like “God is angry, outraged etc.”, they are not referring to God’s passions. These expressions are written this way (using human behavior), only to help us humans logically understand those situations and hopefully repent.
What we as human beings feel like “anger” or “wrath” of God towards us, has two dimensions:
  1. It is nothing but the feeling of the absence of His Divine Grace from our very existence, and
  2. Our suffering, due to our sinful passions, and because of the war we face from the demons.
God is dispassionate. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? [Romans 8:35]. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Nothing can make God stop loving us… not even our sins! Why? Let us have a look at that… What did Christ die for? He died for our sins; that’s why He shed His blood.
So, what do we mean by saying “God accumulates wrath”?
God accumulates wrath”. What does this mean?

To explain and understand it better, we will depict this with an example from our created reality.
Suppose you act unjustly towards a person, you repeatedly and continuously do him wrong all the time, and he, in response to your unfair behavior, repays you constantly with kindness, and you insist on wronging him all the way through… and he insists on doing you good… So, let’s say you come across this person some day in your life... just think of it… How would you feel about having so many times rejected his benevolence and lost those millions of chances he gave to you, so you can be friends at last, and love each other genuinely? Wouldn’t you feel embarrassed? Wouldn’t you feel millions of nails piercing the top your head? You will suddenly most probably come to realize “What have I done to him, and what HE gave me in return!”

This is how we are going to feel like in front of Him, our Lord Jesus Christ...because this is what Christ did and always does in response to our deeds toward Him. We constantly do Him wrong, we ignore Him, and we literally delete Him: “LEAVE US ALONE, we DON’T want You in our lives”. Maybe we do not say this to Him out loud, but we say it with the life we lead. This is exactly what we do, when we constantly satisfy our will and do not honestly look up for the will of God for us in every moment. We actually say to Him “Step aside. Now, I am going to do MY thing, I will say whatever I want, and do not care at all about what YOU say.” For example, we say “Now, I will have an abortion (e.g. murder). I cannot afford having a child right now, I have serious financial problems”.
We cancel Him out. We give priority to OUR reason, to OUR will, ahead of and over His will! Although His will is our best choice in every situation, we, instead, prefer ours. For instance, we say “I won’t have a child, right now. I will be the one who will say how to plan my pregnancy.” We delete God; we set Him aside! And this is what sin is. Do you understand? I chose to speak about something apparent and blatant enough, to make us realize how we ignore God…
Despite all that, God never cancels us out! He goes on doing us good, again and again… He goes on giving us His air, His light, our food, our spiritual food…and, above all, He never stops giving us Himself, with His Body and Blood, during every Devine Liturgy. And what do WE do in return? We go on keeping Him away from our lives, because we do not want to deny our egoistic will and desires. Imagine this happening again and again, repeatedly, for 70, 80, 100 years! And we, all the way through, stubbornly stick in our impenitence…
Just think of how we are going to feel about it, when we will come face to Face with our Lord Jesus Christ in His Second Coming, when all these things will be revealed!!!… Well, this is the accumulated “wrath” we are talking about. We will not be able to stand in front of Him, because of our great embarrassment. We are and will be “burning” (always talking about the impenitent), not because God wants it. (Remember, God is always good, dispassionate and wants everyone to be saved). We are actually “burning” all by ourselves, meaning we stay blind, for as long as we do not repent and do not progress in becoming pure. We are not able see the Light, to see God, we stay uncured.

f. Savvas Agioreitis

To be continued...

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