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God: Faith or Logic?

faithvslogic

First in a 3 part series on God and Mankind

God speaks to us in many ways. Sometimes it is through a feeling, an unexpected thought, or a word spoken to us by someone we hardly know. Truthfully, He speaks to us often throughout our lifetime. However, we are not always ready to listen. Listening, that’s the hard part for all of us. Let me describe a chain of events that happened recently. My sister, Lil, was talking, over the phone, with a very good friend of our family. During that conversation, the friend asked her, “Do you really believe that the bread and wine at the Mass are the Body and Blood of Christ? Or, do you think of them just as a symbol of Jesus?” She stated that because of her faith, she believes that they are truly the Body and Blood of Jesus. Well, that started this chain of events. After the phone call, Lil mentioned the conversation to me. As she was talking, I felt a strong desire to have been part of that conversation. I wanted to talk to our friend, so very much.

In that desire to speak with him, I realized that it is very likely that this stance of the bread and wine being only symbolic of Jesus can be held by many… maybe even by many Catholics, as well. Lil answered in the only way that any Catholic could. It is our faith that guides us to our belief in Christ’s physical presence in the consecrated Bread and Wine. We cannot analyze it or prove it. This chain of events brought me to write this post. I can only say that it is NOT to be construed as a proof that Christ is physically present in the bread and wine. It is an explanation that revolves around my belief, my faith.

The existence of a soul, or of God, Himself, cannot truly be proven solely with logic. To assert the existence of God and of the soul, a leap of faith is required; it must always be present. But logic can aid us in the realization that God must exist, that mankind has a special quality, enjoyed by no other aspect of creation. With faith and logic, we believe and know that God really does exist. He really does love us. We believe and know that He created us differently than all of the rest of creation. The presence of our mind, and will and soul urge us and lead us to the feet of God.

How do the existence of God and the Mass come together? How does one lead to the other. I will try to explain how my belief and my thoughts come together. Without faith, however, the explanation, is just so many words, is meaningless.

The following statements have had reams written about them. There is not enough time or space to document the whys and wherefores of these statements. They are fairly basic statements and hope you can easily agree on the following:

1- There is a God, He exists, and He was not created.
2- God is Infinite.
3- He is infinitely good. (Can do no evil)
4- God has every positive quality, to an infinite degree.
5- Love is one of the positives that God has.
6- God existed before any material thing came into existence.
7- God created the world and mankind. He is the prime mover.
8- God crated mankind with a soul, and free will.
9- Through man’s free will, man can choose evil over good.
10- God loves us with an infinite love.

These ten statements have a profound significance for each one of us. Read each one again, and reflect on each one. Ask yourself, “What do these words mean to me”? “Do they mean anything to me”? Spend some time on each numbered line. So what if it takes you awhile? Each line offers help in the understanding of your own relationship with God. After you feel comfortable with each one, then go to the next. When you have finished the review of the ten statements, tomorrow’s post will be waiting for you. Don’t be ashamed to spend some time with these, because they are at the core of our relationship with our God.

Tomorrow Link to: GOD AND MAN Part 2

The 4 Posts directly below, blend with this theme. They continue the thought. Thanks for coming:

1) Knowing vs. Believing
2) Tying Our Gifts Together
3) What is the Will of God?
4) On Wisdom and Insight

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Come Holy Spirit, Come

(11th in a series of a presentation on The Apostles Creed)

Six words! In today’s world, they sound like something from the movie, “Ghost Busters”, or from a séance. They don’t sound real in today’s hectic, fast moving pace. But make no mistake, they are very real. The Holy Spirit is not only present in this world but is active in it, as well. In all honesty, I feel very insecure in trying to write something about the Holy Spirit. Nevertheless, I will try to write what my feelings, my beliefs are.

There is so much to try to get our arms around, when we speak of one of the three Persons in God. Our belief immediately is called into play. How do we, finite persons, think we can adequately describe or attempt to explain the inexplicable? And yet, we try. Maybe it is pride on our part. Maybe it stems from our desire to understand, to behold, and to further adore.

My belief is this, we must first try to, in some way, try to explain what the Trinity means to ourselves. For some reason, those of us who believe in God, find it easier (or at least less difficult) to associate all of Creation to God the Father. Maybe this is so, because we think of Him as being the older one of the group. But, we believe, we know there is only one God, but three Persons. We can only shake our head in wonder. But the belief that we have been given is a grace. We don’t believe because we know, because we understand, because it seems very logical to us. No, we believe, because it is God’s gift to us.

So, we associate creation to the Father Almighty. Likewise, we attach salvation and redemption to the Son. All the while, we know that the two, together with the Holy Spirit, are the Triune God. As we said earlier, this is not something that can be easily said nor comprehended. What then is the task of the Holy Spirit? Keep in mind we are talking about the One God who created us, who loves us, and want us to be joined with Him forever in Heaven. God came to us, in the person of Jesus Christ, to save us, to show us what was necessary for salvation, to show us the importance of love for God, to show us the extent of the love of God. And so, we see Jesus saying to His disciples, “But I tell you the truth: it is expedient for you that I go: for if I go not, the Paraclete will not come to you: but if I go, I will send him to you -3”. We begin to discern that Jesus saved us, redeemed us, and showed us how we must live. He died and rose for us. And now, when He ascends into Heaven, then and only then, will He send the Spirit. What work was left undone? What else is required?

The Holy Spirit has one task and continues to this day to have the same task. He, the Holy Spirit, will renew us with his spirit. He will remind us, daily, what our lives are all about. He will give us the strength to live and cope with the problems of the day. He will continually bolster our faith, repair our shaken faith, or freely give the seed of faith to mankind. It is the Sprit who breathes life into us. Not the life of living and dying, but the life that refreshes, renews and elevates us. We can call it grace. We can call it faith. We can call it good works. But however we look at it, it still remains the gift that our God continually bestows on us. For the Holy Spirit IS the spirit of God. He is our Paradise. In the Holy Spirit resides our Garden of Eden. Come Holy Spirit, come. Fill the hearts of your faithful. Enkindle in us the fire of your love. Renew us, again and again. Help us to understand our role, our responsibilities in this world. Surround us. Flow through us. Permeate us with your love, which we know is the Love of our God for us.      goto next segment

-1 Each is distinct from the other two Persons, but of one Divine essence or substance.
-2 Catholic Encyclopedia, topic Holy Spirit: Synopsis of the Dogma
-3 John 16:7