Could Satan ever repent?
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There is/was a theological belief condemned as heretical called Apocatastasis, (which see) that "teaches that a time will come when all free creatures will share in the grace of salvation; in a special way, the devils and lost.souls."  This has been erroneously attributed to St. Gregory of Nyssa, but not particularly to him but taken from Origen, who seems at times reluctant to decide concerning the question of the eternity of punishment. 

Quote:The teaching is that the punishment by fire is not, therefore, an end in itself, but is ameliorative; the very reason of its infliction is to separate the good from the evil in the soul. The process, moreover, is a painful one; the sharpness and duration of the pain are in proportion to the evil of which each soul is guilty; the flame lasts so long as there is any evil left to destroy. A time, then, will come, when all evil shall cease to be since it has no existence of its own apart from the free will, in which it inheres; when every free will shall be turned to God, shall be in God, and evil shall have no more wherein to exist. Thus, St. Gregory of Nyssa continues, shall the word of St. Paul be fulfilled: Deus erit omnia in omnibus (1 Corinthians 15:28), which means that evil shall, ultimately, have an end, since, if God be all in all, there is no longer any place for evil.

NB:  can the commission of grevious sin with aforethought of malice that condemns man to everlasting punishment can ever be undone?  In Hell there is no thought of repentance but only hatred for the person who brought this misery. hatred for the devil who keeps up his torment and the intensity of the animosity is directed directly to God.  Once in hell, it is for eternity.
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Could Satan ever repent? - by Petertherock - 05-29-2011, 09:52 PM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by alegare21 - 05-29-2011, 09:55 PM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by SCG - 05-29-2011, 10:03 PM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by GottmitunsAlex - 05-29-2011, 10:06 PM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by EcceQuamBonum - 05-29-2011, 10:25 PM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by Dominus est - 05-29-2011, 10:37 PM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by Pheo - 05-29-2011, 11:30 PM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by Vincentius - 05-29-2011, 11:43 PM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by PeterII - 05-29-2011, 11:53 PM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by Gorgondie - 05-30-2011, 12:00 AM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by GottmitunsAlex - 05-30-2011, 02:34 AM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by Historian - 05-30-2011, 08:47 AM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by Adam Wayne - 05-30-2011, 09:29 AM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by Pheo - 05-30-2011, 11:21 AM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by Historian - 05-30-2011, 12:15 PM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by UnamSanctam - 05-30-2011, 04:22 PM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by charlesh - 05-31-2011, 12:02 AM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by Adam Wayne - 05-31-2011, 11:04 AM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by Raskolnikov - 05-31-2011, 11:39 AM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by Pheo - 05-31-2011, 12:05 PM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by St. Drogo - 05-31-2011, 12:13 PM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by Walty - 06-01-2011, 09:02 AM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by Walty - 06-01-2011, 09:03 AM
Re: Could Satan ever repent? - by kayla_veronica - 06-02-2011, 05:47 PM



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