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God's sovereignty in all things

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#1 Chris Keller

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 08:04 AM

Maybe this is the wrong forum, but I was curious as to how to take the prayer of Met. Philaret, which includes the phrase, "In unforeseen events, let me not forget that all are sent by You." and carries a general message that all that happens is governed by God, without moving into some sort of Calvinism or other unsavory doctrine? Basically, what is the Orthodox teaching on this, and if God does govern all, and plays some kind of active role in shaping history at all points, (and not simply allow evil in order to allow for free will), then how can it be that the world is filled with sin and crime and bad choices? Thank you in advance for the replies!

#2 Anna Stickles

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Posted 07 September 2012 - 07:26 PM

God's providence for our lives is dynamic in how he works with our free choices whether good or bad in each and every circumstance. All is sent down by God for our salvation and is good for us if received in the right spirit. Bad circumstances can humble us and cause us to turn back to Him if we have gotten too proud or self-sufficient. We often see this with the Israelites in the OT. Good circumstances can encourage us in our struggle toward good. But we are also free to remain uncorrected or unmoved in the face of the circumstances we encounter such that they don't help move us toward Him.

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