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Sat, Dec. 4th, 2004 02:36 pm
What Do I Believe? Part 3...

Just as a recap... The items which I've discussed already, I'll put in italics and the items that I have not yet discussed will be in bold...

"Cogito ergo sum"... (I think, therefore I am).
I believe that my faith must be personal and my own.
I believe that faith is not blind.
I also believe in God and His presence in my life.
I believe that I am saved by grace and that it is all the more reason why I am responsible for my own actions, thoughts, and words.
I believe that I am responsible to humanity in what I do and who I am.
I believe that I am responsible to myself in what I do and who I am.
I believe that my life has purpose and that I have free will.
I also believe that God has seen my life and knows what I will do before I do it.
I believe that I am in a constant state of choice and that my life is the result of choice after countless choice and that my reality exists because I chose it.
However, I also believe that God planned my life and directs what I do.
I believe that He is the source of all things good and that He is omnipresent and omnipotent.
I believe His Son was sent to Earth to die for humanities sins and rise from the grave to demonstrate His ultimate power.
I believe in eternity and the reality of temporal existance.
I therefore believe that God always was, is, and will be.
I believe that God is Love.
I believe in the power of Love.
I believe in the sanctity and wholeness of Love.
I believe that I am called to Love.
Etc...

(Let's return to St. Augustine of Hippo) If God is Love and all good comes from Him, why am I able to sin and hate? First, what is sin? With the help of Augustine, I define it as the absence of God. Now, there's a bit of problem here. If God is omnipresent, how is it possible to be absent of God? How could you ever have a lack of anything that is always there and everywhere at the same time? However, if God is omnipotent, it's completely within His power to limit Himself to achieve a purpose. I believe His purpose to be one of Love, since He is Himself Love. Love does not exist without free will, just as sin does not exist without free will. Because I am allowed to sin, I am allowed to Love also.

If God directs my life, then there would be no reason for Him to do so unless He had a purpose for me. If He has a purpose, then I have a purpose and my life has purpose. Yet, if all is present to God, then I also have free will to make choices. My life is a result of my choices. (Returning to Jean-Paul Sartre) If my life is the result of my choices, I am constantly reinventing myself every choice I make. Since I am contantly reinventing myself, I am contantly making my life and who I am. If I am constantly making who I am, then my reality exists because of the choices I make.

If my reality exists because of the choices I make and I am constantly making choices, then I am constantly making my reality and I am responsible for my reality. Additionally, if I am constantly making myself, then I am building who I am. In order to build who I am, I must exist. I've already argued that I exist, I now argue that my existance preceeds my essence - who I am - since I am constantly making and reinventing my essence. If my existance preceeds my essence, then I am responsible for my existance. I am responsible for what I am. The full responsibility of my existance rests on me (as Sartre would say). If I am responsible for my existance, then my existance is subject to me. My existance is subjective.

(Now, to argue why I am responsible to all humanity, I turn to a much bigger help from Sartre.)

"The word subjectivism has two meanings.... Subjectivism means, on the one hand, that an individual chooses and makes himself; and, on the other, that it is impossible for man to transcend human subjectivity.... When we say that man chooses his own self, we mean that every one of us does likewise; but we also mean by that that in making the choice he also chooses all men. In fact, in creating the man that we want to be, there is not a single one of our acts which does not at the same time create an image of man as we thing he ought to be. To choose to be this or that is to affirm at the same time the value of what we choose.... We always choose good, and nothing can be good for us without being good for all.

"If, on the other hand, existance precedes essence, and if we grant that we exist and fashion our image at one and the same time, the image is valid for everybody and for our whole age. Thus, our responsibility is much greater than we might have supposed, because it involves all mankind.... Therefore, I am responsible for myself and for everyone else. I am creaing a certain image of man of my own choosing. In choosing myself, I choose man." (This quote can be found in Theories of Human Nature - Classical and Contemporary Readings, edited by Donald C. Abel, on page 316 - an excerpt from Existentialism Is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre)

Since I am responsible to all humanity in the way that I am responsible to myself, I am constantly reinventing humanity with my choices. Since I have free will, my choices often lead to sin, my choices lead humanity to sin. When humanity sins, I am put to sin as well since I am responsible for it. If God is Love and has given me free will and the ability to sin and to Love, then it makes sense that God would make it possible to Love freely. However, I am able to sin. Sin and Love cannot exist together. Therefore, in order to allow the ability to Love freely, God must have made a way to overcome sin.

However, since I make my existance and my reality by my choices and I, though my own choices and the choices of humanity, have sinned many countless times. Therefore, my existance is sin because it is what I have chosen. Since (As Sartre mentioned) I am man, I cannot overcome my humanity. Since humanity is my reality and my existance, then humanity is sin. Therefore, only God, to whom all is subject to and who is perfect, can overcome sin.

Since God is omnipresent, omnipotent, Love, Truth, able to limit Himself, and the only one capable to overcome sin, it makes sense that He would send down Himself (His Son as we've known Him to be) to overcome sin. In order to overcome humanity, which is sin, God must first become human. I believe Jesus to be the human form that He took. Since God is perfect, Jesus is perfect. Since Jesus is perfect, He is not sin. However, since He is human, He is sin. Because He is human, humanity is Him and His choices create humanity's existance. Since He is God, all is subject to Him, including sin. Since He is God and sin, He is able to overcome Himself and humanity. By dying on the cross, He killed humanity and He killed sin. By rising from the grave, He resurrected humanity and recreated man.

Since all time is present to God, Jesus is living, dying, and resurrecting humanity now. He always lived, always died, and always resurrected. He will always live, He will always die, and He will always resurrect. Since Jesus is God, He is omnipotent and all is subject to Him. Since I am subject to Him, my choices are inferior to Him. Therefore, His resurrection of humanity is superior to me and my resurrection in Jesus is automatic. I am saved by His grace and I have every reason in the world and beyond to choose to Love Him.

However, because humanity is subject to me and Jesus is humanity, I am now responsible for what Jesus did, is doing, and will do. Therefore, I am, now more than ever, responsible for the choices I make because they have a direct affect on Jesus, even though He is absolutely superior to me. Since I have the ability to sin, every time I sin, I place more sin upon Jesus' crucifixion. Every sin is one more blow of the hammer to the nails that held Him to the cross. Since I have reason to Love Jesus and Love would not let those that It is responsible for suffer and I am called to Love, I have more reason than I can even imagine to choose to create my reality and my existance away from sin.

After all, I am responsible to God.

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Kenneth Edward Keyn
Mon, Dec. 6th, 2004 02:44 am (UTC)

Thanks. I appreciate the compliment. :D


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