"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
C. S. Lewis

Monday, August 22, 2011

Understanding Assaults on the Church

"God alone is absolute. Evil, which has no original essence but is merely the resistance of the free creature to Him that is before all ages -- to God -- cannot be absolute. Therefore evil in the literal sense does not, and cannot, exist. All evil effected by free beings must live like a parasite on the body of the good. Evil is bound to find a justification for itself, must appear disguised as good -- often the highest good. Evil always and inevitably contains an element appearing to have a positive value, and it is this which seduces man. Evil strives to present its positive aspect as a jewel so precious that all means are justified to attain it." 

(Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakhorov), St. Silouan the Athonite, St. John the Baptist, Essex, p. 117)

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