Inexorable Justice of God
- Inexorable Justice of God
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell,
and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
and spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher
of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; and
turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an
overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live
ungodly" (2 Peter 2: 4-6).
O how will the sinful man be spared? "And spared not the old world but
saved Noah, the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the
flood upon the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and
Gomorrha into ashes, condemned them with an overthrow". Therefore O sinful
man, how then can you be spared? Are you dearer and more precious to Him
than millions of angels, from so many people drowned by the Flood
[Deluge]and from densely populated cities? When the angels are cast into
the darkness of Hades, people are drowned by the flood and cities are
burned to ashes in what do you hope, sinning, continually sinning and not
turning away from sin? You say, in the mercy of God! But, is God more
merciful now that He was then? Does God change as man does? Do not hope
without measure [limit] but according to the measure [limit] of your
efforts as regards the improvement of your life, let that be your hope.
Truly, great is the mercy of God, long is the patience of God and infinite
is the love of God. Behold, God loves you more and is more merciful to you
than you are to yourself and He continually wishes you salvation even more
than you yourself do. But he, who to the end mocks the mercy of God and he,
who to the very end laughs at the patience of God and he, who to the end
opposes the love of God, will God then take him by force into His kingdom
and make him a fellow citizen with the angels and saints?
How terrible is the darkness of Hades, the clanging sound of chains and the
gnashing of teeth? Those who ridiculed the mercy of God and opposed the
love of God dwell there [Hades]. Will you want to go there, O prodigal
soul? God does not desire that you go there; the angels mourn because you
are headed there; the saints are praying that you return; Holy Church
offers sacrifices for you that you would come to your senses. If you
despise all of that O why would you despise it all! Then what kind of mercy
do you expect from God?
O righteous Lord, help us that we may, in due time turn away from the path
which leads to the darkness of Hades, make us to understand and strengthen
us in goodness, before You send Your angel to take away our soul.
To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.
Saint Nikolai Velimirovic