Thursday, November 10, 2016

Being Separated from God

Being close or separated from God is, unlike what many believe, down to us, our beliefs and actions. It is, of course, easy to blame God, or someone else for our weaknesses, for our misfortunes or difficulties. We do not see that we have the power and ability to achieve greatness. This is not done independently from God, who does bless our works and lives. By praying to God we may achieve greatness. By our efforts we can come closer to Him. The ancient Greeks used to say συν Αθηνά και χείρα κίνει: Appeal to Athena by all means, but also move your arms.

In the Old Testament Book of Isaiah we learn that we are to blame for the distance between God and man and not Him. We read in Isaiah (59:1-3):

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, And your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken lies, Your tongue has muttered perversity.

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