Souls in heaven rejoicing at the sight of the damned?
(02-05-2012, 10:12 PM)Gerard Wrote:
(02-05-2012, 09:32 PM)Silouan Wrote:
(02-05-2012, 09:14 PM)Vetus Ordo Wrote: It's not like the elect are laughing at the damned like spoiled children in the schoolyard but that they rightfully rejoice in God's justice. Who wouldn't, after all? God's justice is perfect.

It is indeed right to rejoice over God's justice, but it's not His justice that condemns those in hell. It is the rejection and negation of God's love that places them in hell. That is nothing for anyone to rejoice over.

That rejection of God's Mercy and Love is what places them in Hell with His Justice. The damned are where they always ultimately wanted to be. Their nature cannot be changed, they would not go to Heaven if they were allowed. 

Everything is as it should be in Heaven and Hell and that's enough to be joyful over.  Mercy is given, Justice has been shown.  To deny this is to question God's goodness and claim His Justice is some form of Injustice. 

God loves the damned more than any of us would or could.  So, the fact that they are damned must mean that it's right and those in Heaven see the "rightness" of God's flawless Judgement and perfect love in allowing them to remove themselves from His Mercy.

But God doesn't deal with us according to justice. St Isaac even goes so far as to say we should "not call God just, for His justice is not manifest in things concerning you." Hell is a negation of everything God is. A great tragedy of man's own doing. There is nothing good or just or holy about hell.

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Re: Souls in heaven rejoicing at the sight of the damned? - by Silouan - 02-06-2012, 12:15 AM

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