...God, being wholely righteous, was enforcing a juridical sentence on the world,
This is where Orthodoxy departs from Roman Catholicism, and where you read one thing from the Fathers, while we come to a different conclusion. For us, and I would venture to say the OO's as well, Death is ABSOLUTELY NOT from God. He didn't create death, and He (God), didn't impose death on mankind as a sentence. Here is a saying from the Book of Wisdom, which you have in your Bible as well, I believe:Wisdom 1:12-16Court not death by your erring way of life, nor draw to yourselves destruction by the works of your hands.
Because God did not make death, nor does he rejoice in the destruction of the living.
For he fashioned all things that they might have being; and the creatures of the world are wholesome, And there is not a destructive drug among them nor any domain of the nether world on earth, For justice is undying. It was the wicked who with hands and words invited death, considered it a friend, and pined for it, and made a covenant with it, Because they deserve to be in its possession...
Man made a decision to walk away from the Life Giving Trinity. When one walks away from Life they will Die. We have a problem saying that God would impose something on His creation(Death), that is SO completely opposed to what He is(Life). Did God allow His creatures to die? Yes in a sense. He didn't want sin, and corruption, to be eternal in Mankind. But we do not see death as a juridical punishment imposed on mankind by God. Here is a quote from Hebrews 2:14-15:Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself (Christ) likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
Now this verse is a little troubling if you come from the viewpoint of God imposing death as a sentence on mankind. He must, therefore, have given the Devil the power of Death. Why would God impose death on mankind, give the Devil the power of Death, and then send His Son to destroy His own sentence? From our standpoint, the Devil brings death to the world, NOT God, and holds the power of Death. I hope that this gives you a little more of an idea of how we think, and stand theologically. And I hope I haven't butchered our OO brothers' theology. I am a Poor Fool after all.
God Bless You!