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Old 9th November 2018, 08:20 PM
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IV. How Can We Speak about God?

39 In defending the ability of human reason to know God, the Church is expressing her confidence in the possibility of speaking about him to all men and with all men, and therefore of dialogue with other religions, with philosophy and science, as well as with unbelievers and atheists.


"In defending", we are called to defend the faith against those who attack it in any sort of way. It is not true that our faith is not meant for any "fighting". St. Paul defended the faith:

[Acts of the Apostles 17]
{17:1} Now when they had walked through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they arrived at Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews.
{17:2} Then Paul, according to custom, entered to them. And for three Sabbaths he disputed with them about the Scriptures,...
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{17:17} And so, he was disputing with the Jews in the synagogue, and with the worshipers, and in public places, throughout each day, with whomever was there.

40 Since our knowledge of God is limited, our language about him is equally so. We can name God only by taking creatures as our starting point, and in accordance with our limited human ways of knowing and thinking.

We judge according to our knowledge. See this post:
https://ronconte.wordpress.com/2018/...-not-judge-me/

41 All creatures bear a certain resemblance to God, most especially man, created in the image and likeness of God. the manifold perfections of creatures - their truth, their goodness, their beauty all reflect the infinite perfection of God. Consequently we can name God by taking his creatures" perfections as our starting point, "for from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator".15

We humans (man and woman) are created in the image and likeness of God. We have free will, have abstract reason so we have the ability to be creatives as well. Lower animals do not. For example, we can teach a dog manners, the dog can learn those manners, but that dog does not have the ability to teach those learned manners to other dogs.

42 God transcends all creatures. We must therefore continually purify our language of everything in it that is limited, imagebound or imperfect, if we are not to confuse our image of God --"the inexpressible, the incomprehensible, the invisible, the ungraspable"-- with our human representations.16 Our human words always fall short of the mystery of God.

We call the First person of the Holy Trinity, Father, but He transcends all fatherhood. We call God in a masculine way, but God transcends sexuality and all creation. God is not a "male" or a "female".

We need to watch or purify our language in order to be perfect as our Heavenly Father is Perfect (Matt 5:48 ).

[Matthew 12]
{12:36} But I say to you, that for every idle word which men will have spoken, they shall render an account in the day of judgment.

Here are some other Bible verses regarding watching our language: (Ephesians 4:29), (Ephesians 5:4), (James 3:10), (Prov 18:21), (2 Tim 2:16), (Psalm 34:13 - Against lies as well).


43 Admittedly, in speaking about God like this, our language is using human modes of expression; nevertheless it really does attain to God himself, though unable to express him in his infinite simplicity. Likewise, we must recall that "between Creator and creature no similitude can be expressed without implying an even greater dissimilitude";17 and that "concerning God, we cannot grasp what he is, but only what he is not, and how other beings stand in relation to him."18

A true Christian is the one who shows it by words and deeds, by example, by being the salt, the light, of the earth (Matt 5:13-16); otherwise, there is no difference among the pagans or sinful secular society. We are not of this world though we live in this world (John 17:16).
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44 Man is by nature and vocation a religious being. Coming from God, going toward God, man lives a fully human life only if he freely lives by his bond with God.


We all have a natural religiosity, but this needs to be polished by God's revelation through His Church.

A natural religiosity can be found in ancient civilizations which worshiped gods, also the native populations in the Americas such as the Aztecs.

45 Man is made to live in communion with God in whom he finds happiness: When I am completely united to you, there will be no more sorrow or trials; entirely full of you, my life will be complete (St. Augustine, Conf. 10, 28, 39: PL 32, 795}.

A man can go crazy looking around for happiness and never able to find it without God. However a man is happy anywhere he goes by having God in his life, being one with God (John 17:21), even in the midst of tribulations.

46 When he listens to the message of creation and to the voice of conscience, man can arrive at certainty about the existence of God, the cause and the end of everything.

Man is able to attain salvation by loving God (even implicitly by loving neighbor) with a sincere conscience, looking for truth thus attaining a mystical but non-formal baptism of desire or blood. It is quite different, though, for a man who avoids following the truth, in this case he becomes guilty of not looking the truth, preferring darkness instead of light. The easiest, most helpful and most rewarding path to Heaven is by being a faithful Catholic.

47 The Church teaches that the one true God, our Creator and Lord, can be known with certainty from his works, by the natural light of human reason (cf. Vatican Council I, can. 2 # 1: DS 3026),

We can reach at the reasonably conclusion of the existence of God by witnessing His "prints", creation. Nothing can do nothing, but "Something" can do something.

48 We really can name God, starting from the manifold perfections of his creatures, which are likenesses of the infinitely perfect God, even if our limited language cannot exhaust the mystery.

We can reasonably understand God to a limited extent, but never completely, not even in Heaven. God is God, we are limited creatures including the greatest of Angels and God's most marvelous creation after the human nature of Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

49 Without the Creator, the creature vanishes (GS 36). This is the reason why believers know that the love of Christ urges them to bring the light of the living God to those who do not know him or who reject him.

It is our obligation and duty to spread the Good News to this sinful world that there is a better way of living by being immersed in His love, and of having hope in eternal life by being witnesses of our resurrected Lord acting in our lives.
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