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God the Creator and His creation


All people ask fundamental questions about life. Where do I come from, what is my purpose, why am I here, what is the meaning of life. By proclaiming that God is Creator, the Church proclaims that God is the answer to all these questions about our origin, our purpose and our end.


Date: 29 Dec 2019




God the Creator

The Apostles Creed begins ‘I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth’. We proclaim that God is almighty, all powerful, God can do anything. This power, always just and wise, beyond our understanding, is fully revealed, is made fully known to us in the life, passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For a meditation on what this means and our response in faith read Mary’s prayer in St Luke's Gospel when she goes to visit Elizabeth her cousin. The Magnigficat.

All people ask fundamental questions about life. Where do I come from, what is my purpose, why am I here, what is the meaning of life. By proclaiming that God is Creator, the Church proclaims that God is the answer to all these questions about our origin, our purpose and our end.

As we mentioned a few weeks ago Human reason alone can know that a Creator must exist just by studying creation. Remember the man with the clockwork model of the universe and his atheist friend. But human failings and mistakes can result in a very incomplete understanding of creation. For example those who think that everything is God or part of God, those who think that what is material is bad and only what is spiritual is good, those who think God creates the universe and then just leaves it alone to get on with it, or those who think that the universe is just the continual interaction of material that has always existed.

The purpose of Creation

In Sacred Scripture, read in the light of Christ and through the tradition of the Church, God reveals the purpose of Creation. Though of their time and culture, read like this, the first few chapters of Genesis already begin to reveal this purpose. The fact that there is order and beauty and interdependence in creation, the fact that it is God's creation, that creation is made for man and is where man is meant to be happy, indeed suggested in Genesis and the Old Testament and confirmed in the New Testament is the truth that creation is the work of the Blessed Trinity, the one God, Father Son and Holy Spirit.

The ultimate purpose of creation is to reveal God’s glory, to make God, his love and goodness, known. Everything God does is done because God loves us, wants us to know Him and be happy. In Genesis God walks and converses with Man in his creation. And yet, something to bear in mind because it will effect everything we say: God remains completely distinct from his creation. He is God, we are not, his is utterly and completely other than us, beyond us, God is Transcendent – and yet, because he is the source of all things, because he enables all things to exist and act and fulfill the purpose for which they were created, because ultimately, in Christ, he loves us, God is present to each one of us at every moment of our existence.

Existence of suffering and evil

Common sense tells us that creation is not yet perfect. It is created in a state of journeying toward a perfection yet to be reached and God invites us to share in this movement by responsible stewardship. Remember in the book of Genesis he entrusts creation, the animals and the plants to Man. Yet as we reflect upon creation our common sense also prompts us to ask one of the most profound questions ‘where does evil come from, why is there suffering, both spiritual suffering and physical suffering?’. The existence of evil in creation is a question to which the whole of the Faith is a response. In God’s creative plan life on earth is finite and fragile, on this earth we suffer, we get ill and we die. Above all we rational creatures also have free will. If we didn't have free will we couldn't love because love involves a choice. But being free to love means being free not to love. And we should never underestimate the effects of a choice not to love. For example because some people choose to steal and fight means we need a police force to keep order. That police force costs money, money that could have been used to research into cures for cancer. So an innocent person dies of incurable cancer because someone chose to steal and fight. Yet Almighty God has power to bring good even from moral evil revealed above all in the death and resurrection of Christ. In him even the worst evil can be conquered and redeemed.

Angels

Finally, we must not forget the angels. Holy Scriptures and Tradition are unanimous in speaking of a purely spiritual creation. These purely spiritual beings, without bodies like ours are called Angels. Angels are present in the Old Testament, at all the important events of Our Lord’s life in the new Testament and are traditionally and are invoked by the Church during Holy Mass. Jesus tells us that each of us has been given a Guardian Angel.

Next time we continue to look at creation (there is so much to speak of and so little time). Specifically, at the creation of Man, male and female, the high point of creation.

 
 
 


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