We know from the New Testament that God’s purpose for humanity is for all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Tim 2: 4). What is salvation? It is our return to God, acquiring true happiness through the knowledge of the truth and deliverance from sin. Salvation is immersion in the love of God, the acquisition of the grace of the Holy Spirit and growth in the likeness of God. This is the overcoming of loneliness, autonomy of existence, in which man found himself after the fall, in Christ, Who inseparably united the Divine and human nature in Himself.
Many people consider health and well-being to be the main values in human life today. And the Lord, through our prayers, often gives us healing. The number of sick people healed by Jesus Christ and the apostles is incalculable – only the most vivid, instructive cases are described in the
Question: What is the meaning of prayer? I keep asking the Lord for something, but nothing happens. I pray and pray, nothing changes. Am I doing something wrong? Perhaps, what I am asking for is not pleasing to God? I am asking for a sick man to be healed, but he is not feeling any better, no matter how much I pray.
Answer: In the Gospel there is a parable of the annoying widow and the unjust judge. It is about a poor widow who kept coming to a judge asking him to protect her from her opponent and grant her justice. For a long time the judge refused to meet with her and satisfy her request, but eventually he said to himself, “She will not leave me alone until I do what she says, so I will grant her justice”. It is easy to see why this judge, who had neither fear of God nor respect for anyone, did not want to respond to the poor widow’s requests. Obviously, she had nothing to pay him with or perhaps what she had wasn’t enough. Why did he finally respond? Because she kept bothering him and eventually he would rather get rid of her than have her following him around.
— Geronda, how do spiritual laws work?
— I’ll explain: just as there are physical laws in nature, there are also laws in spiritual life. For example, the higher you throw some heavy object, the harder it will fall down and break. This is a physical law.
In spiritual life, the higher someone exalts in his pride, the worse his spiritual fall will be. The degree of “personal injury” in this case will depend on the extent of personal pride. Thus, a proud man rises, reaches a certain limit and then falls and breaks his face. “All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Matt. 23:12). This is a spiritual law.
There is however a significant difference between physical and spiritual laws. Physical laws are relentless and cannot be changed, while spiritual laws come from the All-Merciful God and therefore they can be altered by His mercy. That is to say, if a person immediately notices himself becoming proud and says, “God, nothing that I have is truly mine, but I am proud, forgive me!” he is spared from damage, because his fall is preceded by contrition of heart and repentance.