Christ, the Unjust Judge
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Melkite Wrote:Regarding divine simplicity, if it is not correct to say that God has love, or has mercy, or has justice, but that God is these things, logically then, doesn't that require us to arrive at a sort of pantheism of attributes?  If God is love, then wherever love is, that is God.   If God is mercy, then wherever mercy is, that is God.
Not an expert in theology, but I think I can answer your question. In fact, I used to think of this sort of pantheism when I was a rebellious teen enamored of Eastern paganism. I remember having a debate with a Pentecostal kid in high school about just this topic. He was saying that "God is love" and I agreed with him, though we both meant completely opposite things by that statement. He was coming from the tradtional Christian viewpoint, whereas I meant it from a pantheistic sense - that wherever love is in the world, within and between people, that is God.

Of course, now I realize how foolish I was then. To answer your question, God is love or mercy not in a pantheistic sense, in that to love or to have mercy imbues us with some divinity or makes us a part of God or anything like that. Rather, because we are so inclined to sin and could never perfectly love or have mercy, all the good that we do is God acting through us. We can make no claim to or take credit for our righteousness because it doesn't belong to us as creatures inclined to sin (Romans 7:15-20). We may be able to will the good but we cannot do it; God does it through us when we align our will with His. God is present in these acts of love and mercy, but He is not a part of His creation that does His will.

Anyhow, that's just my layman's interpretation. Please, anyone, feel free to correct me if I have made any mistakes (I know you will).
Omnia et in omnibus Christus
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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
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