Humility does help

We should not say that we have ‘problems’. In reality, all our problems are challenges. These help us grow into a better person, the person that God created you to be.

If we only knew how to crawl, what a pathetic person we’d be as we got older! We need to learn how to walk, to run, to do handstands, etc. So we need to walk with God, and eventually, to run for God in the spiritual race that God has called each Christian to do.

Come to God, crawl to God. Eventually you will learn how to walk with God. God will teach you how to pray, to pray before reading the bible, to give you strength for each day. When you walk with God, you have faith.

Hebrews 11:1: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. So it means we rejoice in the promise of eternal life.

As Christians, we should all have hope that when we die, we’ll be with Jesus. God is not evil. God wants to give us the kingdom. So do not despair. All is not lost.

We may go through tough times, but God strengthens us for the coming challenges, especially with regard to world events. God saw most of us through the pandemic and lockdowns. God may prepare us for even more trials. But when we have endured, we shall receive the crown of life that God has promised to those that love Him.

Let us be strong, let us have faith. Let us repent, before the gate of mercy closes.

Some more words on hell

I was talking to my spiritual father one day, and asked him to listen to my understanding of hell, to correct it if it is heretical or doctrinally unsound. I said to him ‘There are no bars around hell, sinners and demons can leave anytime they want, but why would they want to leave?’ And my spiritual father agreed with this theology, saying, ‘There is no repentance left after death.’

I have heard from Archbishop Lazar Puhalo that some of the Fathers of the church say that people can be saved from hell after death, but the church won’t form a doctrine about it, because none of the theologians know for sure. He stated as well, ‘But we assume the love of God is greater than all things.’

Even the devil is eligible for salvation. However, there was a monk in the desert who one day asked an angel, ‘Can the devil be saved?’ So the angel returned to heaven and asked the Lord this question and came back to the monk with the answer. The angel said ‘The Lord will utterly forgive the devil, if he should repent.’ Later on, when the devil appeared before the monk, the monk told the devil, ‘You can still be saved if you repent.’ The devil laughed in his face and disappeared.

Satan would rather rule in hell than serve in heaven. God does not punish the demons and sinners with some kind of material fire. They punish themselves with the fire of their own unwillingness to accept the light of God as love and warmth. When Jesus says of the last judgement, ‘I never knew you! Depart from me, you practitioners of lawlessness!’ I think he really meant what sinners say to God throughout their entire lifetimes, ‘I never knew You! Depart from me, you God of wickedness!’