Thursday, September 07 2006
"You find out more about God from the Moral Law than from the universe in general just as you find out more about a man by listening to his conversation than by looking at a house he has built." Mere Christianity
If the only revelation of God which we had was the universe in general, what would we most naturally conclude about God?
Thankfully the Creator has not left us with the universe itself as our only clue to God's nature and purposes. And if, in addition to the universe, we only had the moral law to reveal God's desires, wouldn't that law leave us hopeless as well? For we don't keep the moral law, and the law itself only shows us that the Creator cares about right conduct. We would be left wondering whether God loves us. Does God, can God, forgive us when we stray so far from God's own original intentions for us? This is a question which, ultimately, only the revelation in Jesus Christ answers.
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8
"Thanks be to thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,
For all the benefits which thou hast given to me,
For all the pains and insults which thou hast borne for me.
O most merciful redeemer, father and brother,
May I know thee more clearly,
Love thee more dearly
And follow thee more nearly,
Day by day."
Richard of Chichester 1197-1253