St Isaac the Syrian: Hell and the Scourge of Divine Love

Eclectic Orthodoxy

God has created humanity for eternal communion with himself. By love he has created us for love to share in the eternal Paradise of love. Hear the words of St Isaac of Nineveh:

Paradise is the love of God, wherein is the enjoyment of all blessedness, and there the blessed Paul partook of supernatural nourishment. When he tasted there of the tree of life, he cried out, saying “Eye hath not see, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” Adam was barred from this tree through the devil’s counsel.

The tree of life is the love of God from which Adam fell away, and thereafter he saw joy no longer, and he toiled and labored in the land of thorns. Even though they make their way in righteousness, those who are bereft of the love…

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