April 15, 2024

True Orthodox Diocese of Western Europe

Russian True Orthodox Church (RTOC)

Did God create death?

Who created death?

“This is evil: estrangement from God.” -St. Basil the Great, That God is Not the Cause of Evils, “ELLHNES PATERES THS EKKLHSIAS” [Greek Fathers of the Church) 7, 112 (EPE). “As many… as stand apart in their will from God, He brings upon them separation from Himself; and separation from God is death.” – St. Irenaeus Against Heresies 5. 27.2. “Men, rejecting eternal things and through the counsel of the devil turning toward the things of corruption, became the cause to themselves of the corruption in death.” St. Athanasius the Great On the Incarnation 5 (Migne, PG 25. 104-105). “For as much as he departed from life, just so much did he draw nearer to death. For life is God; deprivation of life is death. So Adam was the author of death to himself through his departure from God.” St. Basil the Great (PG 31. 945).

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