WITHOUT FAITH NO ONE CAN BE SAVED
THE WRETCHEDNESS OF
UNBELIEF AND FALSE BELIEF IN THE SOUL
GENUINE FAITH FILLS THE SOUL
WITH HOPE AND LOVE
When unbelief exists in a man, he knows nothing of his true destination, why he exists, or that he is the image of God. Unbelief causes the heart to be cold, lacking the inner warmth derived from genuine faith. The unbeliever becomes a victim and prisoner of the evil one, and though his body may be free, his soul languishes in unbelief. Lacking the ability to genuinely love, the only love he knows is self centered which can deceive him to see himself as a good person who does not harm anyone. His mind is occupied with mundane things, destitute of the beauty and the joy of true faith. Not drinking from the Orthodox fountain of youth and eternal life; the unbeliever does not experience the delight of praising the Theotokos and the Saints. He misses out on the joyful sadness of praising the martyrs. He has not seen the light of Christ, nor hear His words of eternal life. He has not smelled the incense, or heard the melodious hymns of praise to our God and Savior. He has not felt the nearness of God because he turns his spiritual eyes away in unbelief. This causes him to be self- righteous. His heart become smaller, harder, and empty of faith, hope, and love becomes filled with evil. Thus, our Lord says: “For where your treasure is there will your heart be also” (Luke 12:34). “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things; an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things” (Mat. 12:35).