WHO ARE WE REALLY?
"God is present everywhere in everything". (St.Thomas Aquinas).Here Aquinas gets to the root of so many of our life positions. Some of us on reading that statement may simply shrug their shoulders and say, "So what?" Others will lapse into vigorous denial that such a sentence can possibly be feasible.To shrug our shoulders is restricting our curiosity and even more it is walling us off from deep mental and metaphysical development. To deny the feasibility of Aquinas' statement raises the questions of science. We need science in all its forms, but ultimately it has not come up with a sound answer as to how the world was created and more so, why. Science has taken nearly 2,000 years to come up with a fairly good map of the universe and its constituent parts, only to find that each new discovery, raises yet more questions. To accept the notion of a Creator God, is for many, too frightening a concept,raising as it does, questions such as, "what sort of Creator? What are the implications for me? Why does evil happen if the Creator is supposed to be ALL Good? But as Aquinas points out, we cannot prove that the world began, it is a matter of faith, not of proof or science. Rather the universe was created together with time, not, that the action of creation was itself in time.So we have three stances, each raising differing questions as to their viability. "God hates nothing that he has made". Aquinas points out that God cannot directly cause sin, since that is disorder, and God draws everything to himself as the ultimate goal. However, God does freely choose to withold the light from those in whom he finds an obstacle. Therein lies yet another mystery." Oh soaring eagle! Oh glowing spark! Set me on fire! A day is as a thousand years, when Thou art absent! (Mechtild of Magdeburg 1210-1280 A.D), summarises the potential loss we experience when we allow ourselves to drift away from the Creator.
Thank you. Tom Baxter