Friday, August 22, 2014

A Voice from the Past - Irenaeus

And to as many as continue in their love towards God, does He grant communion with Him. But communion with God is life and light, and the enjoyment of all the benefits which He has in store. But on as many as, according to their own choice, depart from God, He inflicts that separation from Himself which they have chosen of their own accord. But separation from God is death, and separation from light is darkness; and separation from God consists in the loss of all the benefits which He has in store.

Irenaeus, 125-202 BC, Against Heresies, Book 5, Chapter XXVII, 2 (The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus, Philip Schaff, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2001, pp. 808-809)

Is this helpful in understanding God's judgment? In what ways?

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