“A lie is a delusion of the mind, while evil is a delusion of the will.
The sign by which one is distinguished from the other is the judgement of God Himself…
that which He teaches a man is the truth;
that which He leads a man to will is the good.
But whatever contradicts this is entirely false, entirely evil.”
St. Nicholas Cabasilas
“Watch out for false prophets.
They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
By their fruit you will recognize them.
Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?
Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit,
but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.
Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
Where it is important that we should be able to recognize what is true, real and pure…
that which is not a falsehood, a lie, an evil…
Is it not equally as important that others should be able to look at us,
both you and me,
and recognize what drives us, guides us, leads us…?
What do they see?
Can they see what we stand for, what directs us, what motivates us…
Are we a mirror, reflecting the Grace, Mercy and determination of Christ
Or do we cast shadows of obscured light…
(persimmons / Troup Co, Georgia / Julie Cook / 2016)
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness
and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,