Hope for the Future: Man’s rebellion and God’s providence

No matter how much humanity violates its purpose in the world, no matter how much it falls, no matter how much the masses of mankind, led by their evil rulers, are inclined to renounce the commandments of God and God Himself, as we see at the present time– the history of the world will still culminate in the attainment of the goal established for it by God’s Providence: the triumph of God’s righteousness, following which there will be the Kingdom of Glory, when God will be all in all (1 Cor. 15:28).

Fr. Michael Pomazansky, Orthodox Dogmatic Theology

This comes from the author’s introduction to his treatment of God’s providence, specifically, “God’s General Providence Over the World.” As a bit of background, Pomazansky published the Russian edition of his work in 1963– so “the present time” he speaks of knew something of evil rulers denying God’s commands and God himself.

Times do not change much. Indeed, there is nothing new under the sun. But what encouragement to know that the only thing more certain than man’s obstinacy is God’s determination to conquer it.


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