A soul that has given itself over to God has no fear of anything, not even robbers, sickness, or death. Whatever happens, such a soul always cries, "It was the will of God."
Yesterday on the way to work, Father Thomas Hopko said the following:
I do not believe at all that it would be a Biblical christian teaching that God is making everything to happen that is happening by His own will and whatever it is it is God engineering it
I personally would be violently opposed to those bumper stickers that say "God is in control"
The recording is here: http://ancientfaith....estament_part_1 and is between minutes 5 and 8 of the lesson.
The thoughts and words of these two men are very dear to me - I listen or read them every day almost. However, these two teachings appear to be opposite.
So, my question is this: How do we draw the line between accepting life circumstances as the will of God, and not?
I understand Father Hopko is saying that God is not directly causing most specific events...not directly. However, Elder Thaddeus says we should accept all things as if He had.
Please share your thoughts, very interesting topic.