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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Avoiding the Torment of Hell

Avoiding the Torment of Hell

Nobody can deny that we will all eventually die, so it should be no surprise that Our Lord has provided many opportunities for us to better understand what we should expect. One example of how we learn about our eternal future is through parables. In the Parable of the Rich...

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Talking to God and to Children about Death

Talking to God and to Children about Death

Do you think of death as static? Are you frozen forever in the spiritual state in which you died?  In the Orthodox faith, we pray for those who have already died. Why do we do this? Fr. Chris talks to Fr. Timothy Chrapko about what does stop when you die,...

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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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