Hopko on the Wrath of God

...  have a very high regard for the work and thought of Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary. He ...  listening recently to two podcasts on the subject of the Wrath of God (a topic on which I have written and done podcasts myself). Both ...

Being Found by God

...  was a very well-dressed Muslim woman, who looked quite professional in her outfit and her demeanor. About 45 minutes away from landing, ...  always struck by its question, “Are you saved from the wrath of God?” which implied, in fine Penal Substitutionary logic, that God ...

God Within Us

...  everyone has a “god within.” It’s a pleasant way of saying that we’re all special while making “god” to be rather banal. ...  The psychologized atonement concerns itself with God’s wrath. It is reduced to morality in that our behavior is no more than our ...

Grace and the Psychology of God

...  entertaining for me, even though I have to supply his side of the dialog. God is not a dog. But we supply His dialog as well and we impute ...  to God’s attitude towards us. Nor when he says the “wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience” is he describing a change ...

Wrath!

Wrath! This is the famous opening word of Homer's Iliad. Many translations in English fail to sufficiently convey the ...  of philosophy, would have found the portrayal of the gods in Homer rather embarrassing. Their internal conflicts and base ...

Envy and the Fullness of God

...  the Praises for Matins of Holy Wednesday, we read: Oh, the wretchedness of Judas! He saw the harlot ...  betrayal. She loosed her hair while he bound himself with wrath. He offered the stench of wickedness instead of myrrh, for envy cannot ...  the wretchedness of Judas! Deliver our souls from this, O God. We are also told in Scripture that Pilate perceived that Christ was being ...

The Face of God

...  Christians mark August 16 as the Feast of the Icon "Not Made With Hands," the miraculous face of Christ first left on ...  level, it is an icon that points to Christ as the image of God and the true image of man. When looking upon His face we see both what we ...  the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb..." (Rev. 6:15). And "this is the condemnation, that the ...

Scarcity, Abundance and the Kingdom of God – Thoughts for Holy Week

...  the Praises for Matins of Holy Wednesday, we read: Oh, the wretchedness of Judas! He saw the harlot ...  betrayal. She loosed her hair while he bound himself with wrath. He offered the stench of wickedness instead of myrrh, for envy cannot ...  the wretchedness of Judas! Deliver our souls from this, O God. We are also told in Scripture that Pilate perceived that Christ was being ...

God’s Justice and the Fathers

...  how we understand Christ's death on our behalf. I want to offer a short defense (for I think I have reason behind my approach to the ...  metaphor (which is dogma for some) that portrays God as wrathful, vengeful and in need of appeasement. Often, at the heart of this ...

Let’s Get Out of This Place

...  dead just prior to His entrance into Jerusalem (gospel of John). It is a feast that offers something of a preview of Christ’s ...  of Hell.” The object of the Cross is not the wrath of God, but the death and confinement of man. It is the virtual non-existence that ...

The Bridegroom and Judgment

...  lest you be given up to death and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom.  But rouse yourself crying: Holy, holy, holy, art Thou, O our ...  no further revelation to be made known, no unveiling of a wrath to come. The crucified Christ is what the wrath of God looks like. The ...

Male and Female Created He Them – Part One

...  discussion to the contrary, the most irreducible level of our human existence is binary - we exist as male or female. This ...  Church. Christ is born of a woman, the Virgin Mother of God. And this portion of the story is not incidental to our salvation. It is ...  is related as a payment, a death that assuages the wrath of God and allows God to see us as though we were righteous. There is no ...

The Scope of Passover and Penal Substitution Theory

...  of the terms used in the early fathers when interpreting the Scriptures was the ...  thus satisfying the demands of justice so God can justly forgive their sins. It is thus a specific understanding ...  teaching, as well as its creation of a false image of a wrathful God who must be satisfied in order to be reconciled to man. I will ...

Therapeutic Substitutionary Atonement

...  I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to ...  on the Cross represents the payment for a debt owed to God, the debt of Adam's sin. In another account, Christ's death on the Cross is a blood sacrifice to appease the wrath of God, incurred through Adam's sin. For still others, Christ's death is ...

At the Last Battle

...  Scriptures end with the description of a battle that is truly "apocalyptic" in its scale: all the forces of evil ...  "problem of evil." He does not dismiss the existence of God - instead he dismisses God Himself - preferring to have no part of a ...  prayers protect this wicked and sinful generation from the wrath of God, and because of these three persons and their prayers, the world ...

The Last Battle

...  Scriptures end with the description of a battle that is truly "apocalyptic" in its scale: all the forces of evil ...  ponder: The answer to that diatribe [the argument against God and the goodness of His work] is not a counter argument, but the person of ...  prayers protect this wicked and sinful generation from the wrath of God, and because of these three persons and their prayers, the world ...

The River of Fire – Kalomiros

...  River of Fire Copyright 1980 St. Nectarios Press THE RIVER OF FIRE by ALEXANDRE ...  Washington A reply to the questions: (1) Is God really good? (2) Did God create hell? + In the Name of the Father, and of ...  Even those who try hard to save themselves from the wrath of God cannot really love Him. They love only themselves, trying to ...

Global Cooling

...  following is a reprint of an article I published back in December. Thought I'd offer it again. The ...  to grow cold - as it turns away from the caricatures of God so often portrayed in our modern world. May God give us grace. The full ...  Even those who try hard to save themselves from the wrath of God cannot really love Him. They love only themselves, trying to ...

The Passion to Consume – Revisited

...  seems to bear reprinting at least for a fuller discussion of the passions. I have mentioned the role that the passions play in our ...  covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you once walked, when you lived in them. But ...

Orthodoxy and the Apocalypse

...  power" (Acts 1:7) We live in difficult times, and for some of us the times are more difficult than others. We also live in a culture of ...  the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thess. ...

Modern Man and Coldness of Heart

...  have been listening to a tape of the talk, "The River of Fire," given by Dr. Alexander Kalomiros in 1980. By ...  to grow cold - as it turns away from the caricatures of God so often portrayed in our modern world. May God give us grace. The full ...  Even those who try hard to save themselves from the wrath of God cannot really love Him. They love only themselves, trying to ...

What’s At Stake in the Atonement

...  of the more common topics both on this blog and on a number of other Orthodox ...  to how it is we understand that Christ reconciled us to God. When we say, "Christ died for our sins," what does it mean? The questions ...  is the role played within it by the Justice of God and the Wrath of God. In classical Substitionary doctrine, God's justice is understood ...

The Sins of A Nation

...  is a reposting of an article from several years back. Its thoughts seem appropriate for our ...  examples of national sin. There are certainly stories of God dealing with individuals, but, on the whole, His attention seems to be ...  to restore them to their right minds, to appease the wrath of the gods or the spirits of their enemies. The collective psyche of a ...

Being Saved – The Ontological Approach

...  cannot begin to count the number of times I wished there were a simple, felicitous word for “ontological.” I ...  For example, St. Athanasius says that in creating us, God gave us “being” (existence), with a view that we should move towards ...  is important is the Son’s propitiation of the Father’s wrath. Such terms find no place within the Conciliar thought of the Church and ...

With Envy and Justice for All

...  innate in human beings. However, it has a dark side of which very few seem to be aware. In the religious tradition, justice is usually grounded within God Himself. Some associate this justice with God’s demand for right conduct ...  who call for the “justice” (or “wrath” etc.) of God to fall on others only succeed in darkening their own ...

Passionately Drunk

...  Philokalia, that wonderful collection of writings by the fathers on prayer of the heart, has as its full title, The ...  to the things which are made beautiful by their union with God. All things are beautiful inasmuch as they are united to God, Who is Beauty ...  the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, ...

Being Saved – The Ontological Approach

...  cannot begin to count the number of times I wished there were a simple, felicitous word for “ontological.” I ...  For example, St. Athanasius says that in creating us, God gave us “being” (existence), with a view that we should move towards ...  is important is the Son’s propitiation of the Father’s wrath. Such terms find no place within the Conciliar thought of the Church and ...