Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the
Questions of Their Disciples.
Disciple: Why did the Lord become
Master: For our salvation. This the Creed tells
Disciple: What do you mean?
Master: Man, made by God in Paradise, disobeyed
God’s commandments and became subject to corruption and
Master: And, though, outside Paradise God guided
him by His Providence, man increased in his evil ways led on by
various fleshy passions. Then he began to despair.
Disciple: It was when man was in darkness and in
the shadow of death that God came?
Master: Yes, to show us a godlike way of life
composed of commandments. To those who obey He promised the kingdom
of heaven. To those who disobey He threatened with eternal
Disciple: So the purpose of His whole life here
Master: His life was an example and a help to those who
struggle to keep His commands for the sanctification of their souls.
St. Maximus the Confessor