Friday, September 9, 2011

"Understand God?" Ha!

Since I plan - hope - to spend an unending life with God, it makes sense learn what I can about just Who and What God is. Sort of like learning what the boss is like - except of a different scale. Very different scale.

I don't expect to really understand God. Not before, through the grace of my Lord, I am can see Him "face to face." (1 Corinthians 13:12)

Fact is, I'd be disturbed if I started feeling that I fully understood any part of His creation. Let alone the Eternal God.

Still, we've learned a bit about "The LORD, ... the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob"1 over the last few millennia. It helps that the great I AM has talked to us from time to time:
" 'But,' said Moses to God, 'when I go to the Israelites and say to them, "The God of your fathers has sent me to you," if they ask me, "What is his name?" what am I to tell them?' God replied, 'I am who am.' Then he added, 'This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you.' "
(Exodus 3:13-14)

"...'Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.'"
(John 8:58)

" 'The Father and I are one.' "
(John 10:30)
Then there's the time when all three Persons of the Holy Trinity were seen or heard at the same time: Matthew 2:16-17. That's three Persons, not three gods. Catholics worship One God. Who is One: and is three Persons. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 202) Do I fully understand the Trinity? Not hardly: and I wouldn't expect to. God's God, I'm not.

"From Everlasting to Everlasting"

God is:
  • All-powerful
    • Created everything
    • Rules everything
    • Can do everything
    (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 268)
  • The source of
    • Every good
    • All love
    • All truth
    (Catechism, 1723, 2465)
  • The great HE WHO IS
    • From everlasting to everlasting
    • Without origin and without end
    (Catechism, 212-213)
  • A "mystery without words"
    • Even after revealing Himself
      • "If you understood him, it would not be God"
        (St. Augustine)
    (Catechism, 230)
That's not a complete list, not even close, of what we've pieced together so far. that would take a book. Books.

As a rule, I like to understand. But in the case of God, I'll go with what St. Augustine said:
"If you understood him, it would not be God"
(Catechism, 230)
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1 Exodus 3:15

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