Wednesday, August 20, 2008

For He is good and loves mankind...

I just noticed last night how many times this phrase turns up in Orthodox prayers. Do you think the church fathers are trying to tell us something?!

5 comments:

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

It's just too good to be true! None of us can ever grasp fully what this means. The heterodox never teach or preach it consistently; for them, yes, God is good and God is love, BUT -- there's always a "but" -- that's only part of the story, they insist. That isn't all there is to God. There is also that dark side...

Somehow, the teaching that God is pure love and has no dark side strikes many people as shallow.

Shallow?

This of course has huge implications for ones relationship with God, and for the process of becoming "godlike."

JTKlopcic said...

I, for one, am glad that the Divine Litugy ends with this statement. If I remember nothing else from that morning, this line will stick in my brain and come to mind when I most need to recall it.

I think we need to remember this more than anything else. If Adam and Eve had held fast to this one truth, then life would have been very different.

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Yes, more than anything else!

Don said...

This was an awesome and thought-provoking post! You said so much in so few words with this one.

I like Anastasia's comment, too.
I wonder if heterodox teachings even recognize that the "but" they insert after "God is good..." isn't relevant to God, but it is to man.

"For He is a good God who loves mankind," but does mankind love God?

I think we'd all agree that the only "dark side" to be found is in us.

Mairs said...

Yes! I finally finished reading The River of Fire last night (http://www.orthodoxpress.org/parish/river_of_fire.htm) and this precisely his point, Don. Interesting to note that this essay was originally an address to the youth. I've been to many a youth event in my Christian life and never have
I heard such powerful words spoken to them. Instead, the message has always been watered down as if to tell the youth that they are too young and stupid to understand the real guts of the faith.