Thou Who art above all things! For what besides this am I allowed to utter
concerning Thee? How can words hymn Thee? For Thou canst not be expressed by
any words. How can the mind behold Thee? For Thou art inaccessible to any mind.
Thou alone art unutterable, because Thou past brought forth all things that can
be uttered in words! Thou alone art unknowable, for Thou hast brought forth all
that can be embraced by thought. All things, both rational and irrational, give
Thee honor. The common desires of all are directed towards Thee; all hearts are
pained for Thy sake; all things send up entreaty to Thee; to Thee all things
that understand Thy beckoning utter a silent hymn of praise. By Thee alone do
all things exist? All things strive together towards Thee. Thou art the end of
all things; Thou art single and all; Thou art neither single, nor solitary, nor
all. O Thou Who art named by all names! What shall I name Thee, the single
unnamable! Moreover, what heavenly mind can penetrate the veils beyond the
clouds? Be merciful, O Thou Who art above all things! For what besides this am
I allowed to utter concerning Thee?" (St. Gregory the Theologian).
The fool hath said in his heart: There is no
God (Psalm 13:1). The Prophet David, long
before the Incarnation of Christ, clearly showed the reason why men strive to
convince themselves that there is no God: Thy are corrupt and are abominable in
iniquities (Ps. 52:2).
Moral corruption forces men to tremble before the
future judgment; the conscience accuses them of sins. Nevertheless, men wish to
sooth themselves, to stifle the conscience. They convince themselves that
"there is no God." What else can one call such a self-soothing but
Whether we acknowledge that God exists or deny
it-still He exists. He ceaselessly declares concerning Himself through the book
written by His finger: nature. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the
firmament proclaimeth the work of His hands (Ps. 18:1) .
"I asked the luminaries of heaven;" says
one church writer: "Are you God? And they answered: No. I asked the air:
Are you God? And it answered: No. I asked the forests and groves: Are you not
God? And they answered: No. And then all things cried out together unanimously
in a loud voice: No, we are not God, but we were created by Him!"
The all nature submits to the Creator and His
laws. Only the crown of His creation, tempted by the fallen angel, the devil,
rises up against Him.
This is nothing new. Soon after the fall (of Adam)
men began to turn away from God. However, an inward voice demands the
acknowledgement of a higher power. Those who do not desire to revere the true
God only create false gods for themselves. The more corrupt the heart is, the
more repulsive and vile is the god men worship.
Nevertheless, here the chief passion of man steps
forth; pride, a pride that demands of man that he submit to nothing higher. A
battle begins against every religion; men strive to convince, first, themselves
that "there is no God;" there is nothing above them. The awareness of
their wrongs inspires them to a battle against faith, a battle against
religion, to a war against God Himself.
However, the very intensity of this battle only
confirms what they deny! If there is no God, then why is there a battle. Do men
really fight against what doesn't exist?
An inward voice says to the militant godless that
they are lying to themselves, and this voice they strive to stifle with evil
All the same, even they cannot remain without a
The godless at the time of the Prophet Daniel made
the king their god, demanding that men turn only to him and the idol erected by
The godless in the French Revolution compelled men
to worship reason.
The godless of our times have already almost
raised up Lenin to be a god: the talks and articles of their leader take the
place of Holy Scripture for them, and faith in the Socialist paradise takes the
place of the eternal Kingdom of Christ.
A new faith is being built: faith in the
non-existence of God.
In order to strengthen faith in atheism, the
counsel of the ungodly (Ps. 1:1) is now gathering. The teachers of the new
faith and their disciples gather against the Lord, and against His Christ (Ps.
2:2). They address mankind with an appeal to overthrow submission to God, to
throw off His yoke from themselves.
He that dwelleth in the heavens shall laugh them
to scorn and the Lord shall deride them (Ps. 2:4).
In earlier times the Lord allowed the Egyptian
Pharaoh to rise against Him, and Sennacherib, who mocked God, to utter
However, the more the Lord allows, the more
frightful is the ruin of the impious! In a moment they have ceased to be; they
have perished because of their iniquity (Ps. 72:19).
Now, the hour of the Lord's judgment will come,
when the Lord shall speak unto them in Hit wrath, and in His anger shall He
trouble the obstinate (Ps. 2:5), and those who are wavering in heart will
clearly see the power of God and will have to cry out, like Nebuchadnezzar: Thy
Kingdom is an eternal Kingdom, and Thy dominion it from generation to
generation (Daniel 3:32).
Shanghai January 25, 1937
of St. Gregory the Theologian
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