In conjunction with the original post at Pithless Thoughts, Steven Robinson quotes Orthodox monastic Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain:
The person that is struggling to the best of his abilities, who has no desire to live a disorderly life, but who, in the course of the struggle for faith and life, falls and rises again and again, God will never abandon. And if he has the slightest will not to grieve God, he will go to Paradise with his shoes on. The benevolent God will, surprisingly, push him into Paradise. God will insure that he take him at his best, in repentance. He may have to struggle all his life, but God will not abandon him; He will take him at his best possible time.
I know a few people who fit that description and would be assured to hear of this view!Recent Posts: