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Musings 2007/217

Reason for Existence
There is a great book - Catholicism, a Religion of Common Sense.
The way I see it, is that you have basic Truths and these can not only be shown to be common sense but other truths can be extrapolated therefrom.
Surely there is a strong relationship between common sense and Truth.
And so, peering into the great question of our reason for existence, it seems to me that what The Universal Church teaches is readily understandably - Her doctrines should and do fit in perfectly with our spiritual perception of creation, having an informed conscience.
The God of Catholicism is The Trinity who is absolutely complete within a Godhead of Three Persons in The One Eternal-being - having no need of anything outside of this Completeness.
Yet - The Church teaches - God brought forth all creation for His sake, for our sake.
It seems to me then, that

if something good can be done,
then God will do it.

How could He not do otherwise?
Thus, even though Complete, needing nothing more at all, God saw that

it was something
He could do
that was good
in bringing forth the universe
wherein could reside
beings with freewill
made in His likeness.

P 1   1   4  And God saw the light that it was good
1   1  10  And God called the dry land, Earth; and the gathering together of the waters, he called Seas. And God saw that
it was good.
1   1  12  And the earth brought forth the green herb, and such as yieldeth seed according to its kind, and the tree that beareth fruit, having seed each one according to its kind. And God saw that
it was good.
1   1  18  And to rule the day and the night, and to divide the light and the darkness. And God saw that
it was good.
1   1  21  And God created the great whales, and every living and moving creature, which the waters brought forth, according to their kinds, and every winged fowl according to its kind. And God saw that
it was good.
1   1  25  And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds, and cattle, and every thing that creepeth on the earth after its kind. And God saw that
it was good.
1   1  31  And God saw all the things that he had made, and
they were very good. And the evening and morning were the sixth day.  P Genesis
It could be no other way then, that God created everything because it was a good thing to do and accordingly, everything that God does is good. Indeed, God is Good - He is Goodness-personified.
It is impossible, according to common sense, for God to have any evil in Him, He being all-powerful, all-complete, all-beautiful.
We easily observe that only such as we weak mortals would have evil in them and this because we seek more power, more completeness, more beauty and, in bouts of insanity, think we can gain these through thoughts and actions involving murder, deception and hatred.
Obviously, this is not the case with God Who is above and beyond weakness and insanity and vanity.
On the other hand if the impossible were the case, and The Creator was evil, then we must believe that all creation is a deception and that evil is something worthwhile (I almost wrote
that evil is a good!).
(It is not so strange a thing that modernism was chock-a-block full of deception, proclaiming many evils to be something good!)
So, it seems pretty obvious that God is Good and that everything He created was good from the beginning.
Accordingly, God created everything for a good purpose, including mankind - and for a good result.
Now God is not only Good but He does everything to totality. We only have to look at the universe to realise the totality of His creative Ability.
Man then, was created for one ultimate purpose and result, and these can only be accommodated by:-

man's sharing the Godhead.

Anything less is exactly that - less.
And so I arrive at The Church's teaching that man was created so that he could share Christ's Divinity, which is to say, to share Divinity.
It seems to me that this doctrine can not be challenged if God exists and all that He does is Good and total.
This is most amazing, that God created me so that I could share His Divinity!
How can we share Divinity?

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