Monday, March 28, 2016

CreatorGate III: Infinite Love


Infinite Love is among God's attributes that are  beyond the comprehension of those who have not had God made known to them by His Son, Jesus Christ.  As such, reference to it would be cause for a CreatorGate reaction in a scientific journal.  From a human point of view, Infinite Love is demonstrated by the Crucifixion of Jesus on the cross and his Resurrection three days later, in the process providing expiation for our sins.  The events were adequately documented in the Gospels, foretold by Old Testament prophets, and endorsed by numerous miraculous post-Resurrection events.

The amazing thing to me is that, contrary to the popular theological view, God did not require his Son to die as an infinite sacrifice to satisfy the penalty our sins require for offending an infinite God.  God could very easily have said you are forgiven and it would be so.  But for those unable to think their sins are forgiven without an infinite sacrifice, God the Father required Jesus Christ, be endowed with human form united with His co-divine being, God the Son, and make that sacrifice to ensure doubters could believe that they can attain heavenly rewards.

The mysterious Trinitarian view Christians have of One God having three divine persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, does not preclude the redemptive act of the Son from bringing salvation to those outside the christian persuasion; that seems to be reasonably established by the words and acts of Jesus as recorded in the four Gospels.


Finding God is not likely to happen unless you try.  That was the, perhaps obscure, suggestion implicit in my post -  - where looking at the wallpaper inspired me to understand how we program our internal search engine to find something.  It apparently did not inspire others because only two page views are indicated for the almost two year old post.

The post -  - has a final section about how God may look at us.

I think the post -  - also has a few views that might help us understand our relationship with God.

If you want to find or contemplate God you can even do it with your eyes closed.  But there are many things in the world around us that can help.

1.  Travel and experiencing the diversity and similarity of people of all parts of the world.
2.  Natural wonders such as - the Grand Canyon, mountain ranges, Niagara Falls, waves lapping the sea-shore, the stars at night, many wonders of the biological world.  Many small wonders are rewarding during a walk in the woods, a marsh, a garden, and your back yard.
3.  The goodness of people - in dealing with adversity, serving others; infants, children, adults, seniors.
4.  The tried and true- scripture reading, see below.

If you have never tried it and you have some quiet time in your day, try reading in the Bible for five minutes a day for a few weeks.  Each time, either open the book at random and start reading whatever catches your eye; or pick a topic that is indexed and of interest to you; or flip through pages to find one.  If each book has explanatory material at the beginning it is very helpful to read and know the status and nature of the particular book.  Emphasize the New Testament in reading selections because the Old Testament has a frame of reference that is quite obscure to most of us in determining what is literal truth, illustrative story, historical account, prophecy, and use of views common to the time.  The Old Testament can make one think God is vengeful, whereas the New Testament should help one know God is Love.

Joseph Engemann    Kalamazoo, Michigan    March 28, 2016

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