Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Theological truth

In the beginning, the light and the dark were one, God and Satan were a team, and there was a wholeness in creation that was deeper and stronger than perfection could ever be. Man's unwillingness to live with such natural paradox and tensions rent creation in twain, leaving in him a void, a drive to take sides and dismiss the wholeness inherent in the paradox and setting him on a quest for perfection which would never fulfil him.

But nature would continue to remind him of the wholeness in Her in the smallest, qutest and most amusing of ways:


But it was not yet time for man to remember, and this age would pass and come again before another beginning was to come. As has been said:

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose.... The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of time. But it was a beginning." (Robert Jordan)

And in this Third Age, may the beginning come to fruition; the planting come to harvest; and may creation, which has been rent asunder for time beyond remembering, re-weave itself into the wholeness that is the nature granted it by the Creator, blessed be the Name.


Pius_X said...

Your post would imply that the Fall of Man caused the Fall of the Angels, when in fact the other is more plausibly argued.

Lucifer and a third of the heavenly host fell before man was ever created, and in that way a universal perfection was not the universe into which Man was born, evil existed, in Satan and his minions.

Your post also seems rather dualistic in setting up Satan and God as 'forces' that are of the same quality. We do not know when the final fight will be, what form it might take or even how many souls will be lost in the process, but we do know who will win; I'll give you a hint: He lives in Heaven.

Irim said...

Thanks for your comment, Pius, but the post was based around the lolcat picture and the premise that once 'Ceiling Cat' (God) and 'Basement cat' (the devil) were once Best Friends Forever - I wanted to see what I could come up with around that using Robert Jordan's style of writing.

Frankly, I'm much more sympathetic to the view that Satan is God's partner in pushing us to grow.

If we're talking dualism, there's nothing more dualistic than the Christian separation of light and dark in heaven and hell. All good/all bad. In everything there is a tension of opposites, and to separate them or to try to erase one in favour of the other makes you something less than God meant you to be.

Satan has his appropriate place in our lives, as do all our 'unacceptable' traits - pride, envy, anger - all of them can be harnessed for a positive cause.

You're more than welcome to continue reading and commenting, of course, Pius, but I'm not quite sure why you do, since you never really engage, just deliver a lesson in Catholic theology. It would be nice to see you comment on a non-religious topic without a theological reference in sight, for a change. It would be far more interesting to see what YOU really think, not what the Church tells you to think.