Christ, the Unjust Judge
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(06-10-2020, 04:40 PM)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.

I don't have my theological thinking cap on tonight, but I'll give it a shot.

God is love insofar as love is a perfection of God, as God is the exemplar of all of these attributes unified within His essence. God made creatures to express these same perfections, but that does not make these expressions God.

A good image of this is to think of how light is refracted through a prism. Wherein the light which enters the prism is uniform (i.e. God's essence), once it passes through the prism (matter), it splits into a spectrum of colors each discernible from each other (the divine attributes). Wherein each of these colors come from the same source (the beam of light), they only become distinct insofar as they are expressed through the prism (as in creatures). Therefore, if we look at the spectrum of red, it appears as distinct from the other colors of the spectrum, but is not in itself the entirety of the spectrum as in the original beam of light.

While we can identify virtually distinct attributes of God in creatures, this does not mean that these same attributes as they are found in creatures are God essentially.

Further, I would like to point to the exemplarism of St. Bonaventure as an alternative manifestation of the same virtual distinction of God's attributes. Whereas Christ as the Eternal Art, the Divine Exemplar, serves as the means by which the attributes of God's simplicity are conveyed to creatures. Where in Christ do we find not only intelligibility of these attributes, but also their perfection in the Person of Christ, and therefore the unity of these same attributes within God. But to say that I am merciful, and mercy is found in Christ, does not mean that I am Christ; but that I am acting upon the example set forth by the mercy of Christ. And so the same distinction can be said of any creature which exhibits an attribute of God.
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Put not your trust in princes: In the children of men, in whom there is no salvation. - Ps. 145:2-3

"For there shall be a time, when they will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables." - 2 Timothy 4:3-4
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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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