Christ, the Unjust Judge
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(05-26-2020, 04:27 PM)MagisterMusicae Wrote:
(05-26-2020, 02:23 PM)Melkite Wrote: That's true, I haven't.  But I'm getting it from what I have read over the years from multiple Latin users of this and other fora.  So apparently, neither have they - even though they quoted Aquinas and other Latin theologians as backup for what they were saying.

But, if what you are saying is true, then I'm glad to know that the correct Latin and scholastic teaching is that Christ's mercy indeed exceeds his justice!

No theology manual claims God's Mercy and Justice are the same thing, though this is a way of expressing a higher truth imperfectly (so rife with ambiguity).

God is Simple—i.e. He is not composed of parts—because He is a Spirit. In something which is not composed of parts, one cannot really distinguish any part. The only real relations which exist in God are those necessary to distinguish the three Persons. All other distinctions in God are logical.

His Mercy, Justice, Wisdom, Providence, Will and any other "part" is indistinguishable in God, but we make a distinction in the effect as we perceive it.

Thus, we say the pardon of a sinner is God's Mercy, with the punishment of the wicked is His Justice, but in fact in God there is no real distinction between these. We distinguish only in the effect as seen by us.

Thus it is a non-statement to say that any part or aspect in God exceeds another part of aspect if there are no parts and no real distinction between parts. It would be the equivalent of suggesting that the part of our soul in our little finger exceeds the part of our soul in our earlobe. We can think about these "parts" (the soul also is simple), as extended into space in the mind, but in reality these two "parts" are not really distinguished.

Or to use a non-theological example, that the soil in the riverbed of the Mississippi River in Minnesota is more American than the rocks in the riverbead of the same river in Illinois.

I do understand that people may then not understanding the principles underneath, make statements like saying that God's Justice and Mercy are the same thing. It's a simple, but highly imperfect way of putting it, because while in God there is no such real distinction, they are not quoad nos.


If God is simple, how can he be a trinity?  Is there anything in public revelation that demands divine simplicity?  Or is this something theologians have declared a theological certainty based on their philosophising?
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Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 10:57 AM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by FultonFan - 05-26-2020, 12:09 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 12:33 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by formerbuddhist - 05-26-2020, 12:52 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by formerbuddhist - 05-26-2020, 12:29 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by xsantiagox - 05-26-2020, 12:31 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Augustinian - 05-26-2020, 01:24 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Augustinian - 05-26-2020, 01:34 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 01:43 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by piscis - 05-26-2020, 02:01 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 02:23 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by MagisterMusicae - 05-26-2020, 04:27 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 04:44 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by MagisterMusicae - 05-26-2020, 06:20 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 06:35 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by MagisterMusicae - 05-26-2020, 10:05 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 11:48 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Daniel-AH - 06-11-2020, 11:47 AM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by xsantiagox - 05-26-2020, 04:32 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 05-26-2020, 04:46 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by ServusDei - 05-26-2020, 08:41 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by josh987654321 - 05-26-2020, 09:03 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by josh987654321 - 05-26-2020, 09:16 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by LionHippo - 05-26-2020, 10:19 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by josh987654321 - 05-26-2020, 11:56 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by josh987654321 - 05-27-2020, 12:24 AM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Melkite - 06-10-2020, 04:40 PM
RE: Christ, the Unjust Judge - by Augustinian - 06-10-2020, 09:52 PM



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