Co-Workers of the Truth 7/3

Benedict XVIThe question about God is inescapable; it admits of no abstention. This leaves us with further question: Is there, then, no answer to the question about God? And if there is an answer, what degree of certitude can we expect? In his Letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul found himself confronted with precisely this question. The Apostle’s answer to the metaphysical and moral cynicism fo a decadent society ruled only by the law of power is astounding. He asserts that in reality they do know about God: “…What can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them” (Rom 1:19). He supports his statement by pointing out that “Ever since the creation of the world his [God’s] eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made” (Rom 1:20). Paul concludes from this that they are therefore “without excuse” (ibid.). The truth was available to them, but they did not want the obligation it would entail…People oppose the truth that would place demands upon them -demands such as the worship of God and the giving of thanks (Rom 1:21). The moral corruption of society is for Paul but the logical consequence and the exact mirror-image of its fundamental perversion. When we place our own will, our own pride, our own comfort above the demands of truth, it is inevitable that everything will fall ultimately into decay. God, to whom worship is due, will no longer be worshipped; instead, images, appearances, the prevailing point of view will hold humanity in thrall. This universal distortion will spread to all walks of life. What is contrary to nature will become the norm; the individual who lives contrary to truth, lives contrary to nature. His ingenuity will no longer be at the service of what is good, but will be used instead to devise original and artful forms of wickedness. The relationship between husband and wife, between parents and children, will be dissolved and the sources of life will consequently be thwarted. It will no longer be life that has dominion, but death; a civilization of death will be established. (Rom 1:21-32)

From: Auf Christus schauen, pp. 26ff

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