Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers


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202. As work according to God is called virtue, so unexpected affliction is called a test. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779

203. God 'tested Abraham' (cf. Gn 22:1-14), that is, God afflicted him for his own benefit, not in order to learn what kind of man Abraham was- for He knew him, since He knows all things before they come into existence- but in order to provide him with opportunities for showing perfect faith. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779

204. Every affliction tests our will, showing whether it is inclined to good or evil. This is why an unforeseen affliction is called a test, because it enables a man to test his hidden desires. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779

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