false gods do not exist, talking about them is really
talking about just an idea. Talking about the real
God, however, could not be further from talking about
an idea. Yet talking about 'God' - the real one -
comes close to such a discussion, and there are lots
of Christians whose understanding of God does not
go much deeper than that. Let me state then, maybe
for a fourth or fifth time, that God is not just an
idea or a hypothesis or the logically necessary conclusion
to a syllogism.
Creed informs us that God is the Father; only secondarily
is he the almighty Creator of heaven and earth. Let
us unpack that phrase - or better - this first truth
eternity, God is some-one to some-one else; a Father
to a Son. To be God is to be connected, and connected
by mutual love and self-gift. We are accustomed to
thinking of Jesus and God the Father, as different;
different numerically, different functionally and
different psychologically. There have even been thinkers
who called "God" the creator and lawgiver
of the Old Testament, and Jesus, the Savior and pardoner
of the New.
could be less true. The unity and uniformity of the
'two testaments' is far more real than most folk imagine.
And to think that a Father and Son live and operate
at eternal odds to one another is just silly. (Actually
it comes close to creating a pair of idols - gods
who are not God -- and asking worshippers to choose
between them.) Jesus always speaks of his saving role
as one undertaken in obedience to the Father and every
time the Father speaks in the New Testament it is
to point out this is my beloved son, hear him.
we think of fathers as preceding sons - one individual
being older than another; we tend to think of God
the Father as prior to the Son. But, if you think
about it for just a moment, you realize that a father
and a son begin to exist at exactly the same moment;
a man is not a father until there is a son and there
is no son until a man becomes a sire; their existence
is utterly mutual, interdependent rather than dependent.
In order to separate or oppose them one must tell
and metaphysicians know about God because they understand
the world in a certain way. Believers love God because
he has made himself
us as the Father of Jesus Christ, as a Lover in his
own right. Philosophers understand God and his role
in the great scheme of all that is. Believers love
God who is Love, says Saint John in his first Epistle
and is a father to be loved.
truth lies the deepest and darkest - or shiniest -
light of Christian life: it is love or it is nothing.
explore - but not exhaust - the meaning of that truth
and truly and belovedly yours,