Dare We Hope For the Salvation of All?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The following is an excerpt of The Inner Kingdom, by Metropolitan Timothy Ware:

It was particularly characteristic of the Staretz Silouan to pray for the dead suffering in the hell of separation from God.. He could not bear to think that anyone would languish in “outer darkness.” I remember a conversation between him and a certain hermit, who declared with evident satisfaction, “God will punish all atheists. They will burn in everlasting fire.”

Obviously upset, the Staretz said, “Tell me, supposing you went to paradise, an there looked down and saw somebody burning in hell-fire- would you feel happy?”

“It can’t be helped. It would be their own fault,” said the hermit.

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The Staretz answered him with a sorrowful countenance. “Love could not bear that,” he said. “We must pray for all.”

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