"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

Saturday, October 6, 2012

We Must Pass Through The Valley

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ou can’t rise up, you can’t be spiritually resurrected until you go down into the valley of suffering and repentance... Only then will you know God’s forgiveness. And knowing God’s forgiveness, you can forgive everyone everything... When you have entered into that experience, then you will not only know that you have an eternal soul within you, but you will also find the Kingdom of God within you. And having the Kingdom of God within you, you will seek and love God above all. St. Ignatius Brianchaninov says, “He who does not know the Kingdom of God within him will not recognize the spirit of anti-christ.” To this we could add that such a person will not be able to differentiate between slick Christianity and suffering Christianity, between worldly Christianity and otherworldly Christianity. When we know the Kingdom of God within us, we will seek to make our home, not in this world, but in the world to come.

Hieromonk Damascene (Christensen)

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