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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

St. Athanasius The Great: Death Is No More

From The First Epistle to the Corinthians of the Holy Apostle Paul I Corinthians 15:56 - 57 (NLT)

For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. How we thank GOD, WHO gives us victory over sin and death through JESUS CHRIST our LORD!

Death is destroyed. The Cross has triumphed over it. It no longer has any power but is truly dead. That is why all of CHRIST's disciples despise death and no longer fear it. They take the offensive against it. And by the sign of the Cross and by faith in CHRIST they trample it down as dead. Before the SAVIOR came, death was terrible to the saints. Everyone wept for the dead as though they perished. But now that the SAVIOR has risen, death isn't terrible anymore. For everyone who believes in CHRIST tramples over death. They would rather die than deny their faith in CHRIST. For they know that when they die they become incorruptible. For the devil, who once maliciously rejoiced in death, is the only one truly dead now that we are relieved of death's pains. As proof of this, people are cowards and terrified of death before they believe in CHRIST. But when they have turned to CHRIST's Faith and Teaching, they despise death so much that they even eagerly rush up to it. They testify of CHRIST's victorious Resurrection. --St. Athanasius the Great

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