reply to post by kiwifoot
Sorry for my bad English. It's rather difficult for me to express my thoughts in this language, but I'll try, since the question you asked is very
It seems that West completely lost understanding of Saint Tradition and Scripture of Church. I mean Christianity. Here I'll try to describe the
teaching of Church which remains (yet) intact in the Saint Tradition of Orthodox Church (The East). (If someone doesn't like this, Please do not take
this as offence.)
So let’s go to that question. Why doesn't God intervene?
Many people think that God is first of all Justice. Look at this world. What is the main law is driving the world? Not justice, obviously. If God was
Just as we understand, then we shouldn't even exist after the first sin (sin of Adam and Eve). So what is the law driving the world?
According to the Saint Tradition of Church we believe that God is Love, and only Love. Not anger, justice or any other human passions (note that word
'passion' means suffering) are His abilities.
Also, note that He doesn't have love, but He IS Love and only HE is Love exactly. By the way, the understanding of Love today is also corrupted.
So He is infinite unlimited Love.
The Love always whishes Good for everyone, especially for it's creation. So what is a REAL GOOD? This is the key question.
Professor of Moscow Spiritual Academy Alexey I. Osipov while speaking on this topic likes to present the following comparision:
"Imagine the following situation. The aliens, who know nothing about the medicine, are observing the doctor receiving patients. What do they see?
The first one has tuberculosis. And doctor friendly tapping his shoulder sends the patient to the health resort - "You should rest, my friend".
The second one has appendicitis. And doctor commands loudly "on the surgical table, immediately!!!", and then starts cutting him with the knife.
Those aliens will obviously think "this guy loves the first one and hates the second". While the truth is that the doctor just applies the proper
treatment for that patients because he wishes good for both of them."
Of course this story is a very simplistic case but it helps to understand.
According to teachings of our Saint Fathers (in Orthodox Church such title have only the greatest saint teachers of all time and not every cleric as
used in the West), God is not the source of evil. He just sometimes doesn't intervene, as you said. And this is to prevent a greater evil, greater
suffering and for the real good of His creation. So, God Loves all His creation and is taking care of it constantly. About every single creature! We
and the West as well call this Providence.
So, if God is so great and unlimited Love who constantly cares even of the primitive creature, how can He forget about those children?, will you
He doesn't forget. Even this terrible death is a part of the Great Providence of Love. And we just like those aliens mentioned above cannot
understand it, cannot accept with our fallen, secular mind.
While thinking about such things we never or rarely take the eternity into account. Our minds are nailed down to this world. However all know that
they are just guests here, and for a short period of time. (20, 30, 100 years - doesn't matter since the death will take all from us). And this is
why atheism is the most terrible religion - a belief in the eternal death. A mother who doesn't believe in God and Eternal Life bourns their children
just for death of them. And if we take the Eternity into account, all things will have absolute (different) meaning to us. Always take the Eternity
into account. And that's the Christian way of living - to look on all things from the point of Eternity. Think about that.