by Joseph Saraceno
We know God created us. The Church tells us that He wants us to know Him to love Him and to serve Him in this world and in the next. Could it also have been that without a creation, there would be no one to know of the existence of God? Not that God needs to have anyone to know He exists, but that we creatures might be able to share His love and goodness. This could give a probable cause for creation.
We know that God began by creating the angels. Angels as we know are pure spirits with intellect, power, and free will. We also know that there are nine different degrees of angels.The reason God gave the angels free will is that like man He wanted them to be like Himself (insofar as they have free will and an intellect). Therefore the angels are like God as is Man.
It is through this gift of free will that the stage is set for God‘s plan of fostering our free will. This is done so we may obtain our goals with a sense of appreciation and understanding that good and evil become a part of our free will.
As we know from Church teachings , God tested the angels. It has never been exactly clear what the test was. It is my opinion that their test had to do with the exposure of His next greatest creation; that, of course, was the creation of man. It would seem to me that this is what caused the apprehension amongst some of the angels: that man would have free will and that he would be able to find favor with God on the same levels as themselves. This in turn, I feel, led to the first capital sin that of self pride, which led to jealousy, and later disobedience.
These actions now were the beginning of our destiny, and a clear separation of good from evil. Therefore we could have a place for good with God (heaven), or a place for evil, away from Him (hell).
God knew that this same fate would befall man, and so He set next stage for man’s redemption.
In the thirtieth chapter of the book of Proverbs, we read in reference to God, “What is His name? What is His Son’s name? If you know it? Could the Father want us to know Him as “I am Who am” so that we shall later meet him as Jesus Christ, the Man-God? But why did God have to become man in the first place? We know one main reason, of course, was set the example of how to live as God’s people. But equally as important is that in order to have justice the law had to be made complete by Jesus, so that He could pass judgment upon us all. This would have been a problem if He had not become a human being; also Man being made up of matter has a corruptible body with an immortal soul, as a result, God made an imperfect God, this becomes now the motivating force for our justification, sanctification and glorification.
What must we do now to justify God’s love for us? Even if one gives up their life, they give nothing to God that He did not first bestow upon the individual. What then is God’s will? God’s will and desire is simply to dwell among His creatures. This tells us that the only meaningful act that we could do for the love of Our Lord, is to reflect His love to others and help bring people into the faith.
How is this done? First, by our actions. We must, in our actions, reflect our faith by simply doing good. For by doing good, we undertake a powerful instrument in combating evil. This action, in turn, leads to virtue, followed by honesty and integrity. From this the light of Christ will shine through us and will reflect into the hearts of all the unbelievers and the believers who have gone astray. And from this comes conversion.
Let us then put on the believer’s armor, the helmet of honesty and the shield of virtue. With this armor and the two-edged sword of God’s word (the pure spiritual doctrines of faith), we direct the hearts of the unbelievers and participate in the Lord’s desire of dwelling among men . From this we give testimony that we are really Sons of God.
In the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Ghost, Amen