God made the devil powerless - what is meaning of this phrase ?
Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:09 AM
According to Church Fathers, after the future judgement, every evil spirit will become idle. Thus, evil spirits and evil men will be given eternal existence but with no capability to perform any evil.
The priest says during the funeral service: "O God of spirits, and of all flesh, You have trampled death and made the devil powerless, and have given life to Your world". In the original Greek text the phrase "made the devil powerless" is: "τόν δέ διάβολον καταργήσας". The meaning of Greek text is: "you made the devil an idle being".
I have two questions:
1) Is this idleness a natural state? Is this new state of becoming unable to perform evil (this powerless state) an aftereffect of restoration of human nature? Is it caused by the confrontation of evil with God's mighty power? Is this state of idleness something that is only describing operation of being in relation to others?
2) After the future judgement, while being unable to perform any evil, what will evil men and evil spirits do? I understand that, at that time, the angels and men of God will worship God. But at the same time devil spirits and evil men will be incapable to perform according to their wicked will. What else will be left for them to perform while being unable to act according to their yearning?
Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:52 AM
Also, the fathers who have had some visions describe those in hell as feeling sorry for what brought them there.
So, at least for the evil men, I think it is not the fact they become idle, but aware.
Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:58 PM
Posted 05 November 2012 - 10:51 PM
I think that "feeling sorry" in hell is not an action. I think that Church Fathers do not consider feelings as actions.
Being in paradise is a "sabbatical" where human mind and human energies are silenced.
Being in hell is not a "sabbatical". I think it is neither a state of mind.
Edited by Fr Raphael Vereshack, 06 November 2012 - 01:58 PM.
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