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Inexorable Justice of God

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    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
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      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
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