Hell and God’s Goodness

Hell and God’s Goodness

Q: Your book The Orthodox Church: 455 Questions and Answers mentions some quotes about Hell. Frankly, one of the things I find very incompatible with my image of God as a loving being is a hell where one suffers. Is the devil in charge of hell? Would a loving God...

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Do Pets Go to Heaven?

Do Pets Go to Heaven?

Q: Do pets go to heaven when they die? A: This is a sympathetic question, and it is understandable, at least by pet owners who come to love their dogs and cats and other household pets. Those of us who have pets in our homes often come to be attached...

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The Children’s Word: Heaven on Earth

The Children’s Word: Heaven on Earth

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Pres. Alexandra wants to know what you think about Heaven. What do you know about Heaven? What would you like to know? Do you know how to find...

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Man of Steel, Part 2: Heaven is (Not) a Place on Earth

Man of Steel, Part 2: Heaven is (Not) a Place on Earth

Above: “Richard Donner’s Krypton from Superman: The Movie, 1978.” “Man of Steel” was released to huge box office last year, but received mixed reviews, admittedly, and yet, every indication from Warner Bros. was that the Zack Snyder/Henry Cavill team’s entry successfully realized the studio’s goals for the film – revitalize...

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The Forgiveness Challenge

The Forgiveness Challenge

It isn’t every day the Lord gives us such a clear description of Judgment Day. In answering the question, “How many times shall I forgive others?” Jesus explains the centrality of forgiveness to our future in heaven. Forgiveness is at the core of our salvation, and we will be held...

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What Happens to the Soul After Death?

What Happens to the Soul After Death?

I suppose that among us mere mortals the only person who could give first-hand testimony to the question, “What happens to the soul after death?” was Lazarus, and he left no extant literary remains. At best we have an old story which relates that after Christ raised him after he...

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I look for the Resurrection of the Dead, and the Life of the Age to Come

I look for the Resurrection of the Dead, and the Life of the Age to Come

The last part of the third main section of the present Creed says, “I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the age to come.”  Though this part of the Creed was not included with an eye to refuting the heresies of the fourth century, the...

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