New Castle News
NEW CASTLE —
Editor, The News:
“The Word made flesh” came to recover “that which was lost.”
Jesus says to Pilate: “I have come into the world to testify to the Truth!” Truth is registered, or acknowledged, by the human-will deferring to God’s ordering of reality, i.e., to the natures, or essences, God bestowed upon all of His Creation.
Scripture tells us this ordering was accomplished through the Word, i.e., the second person of the Triune Godhead — Jesus Christ; thus Jesus comes to set right what was made wrong via the fall. So what was to be recovered?
A rational-being’s (e.g., humans) essence is to know the truth through measurement — intellection — of the created-order; but may will truth’s denial, and characterize “evil” as “good,” and visa-versa, or may subordinate a primary good to a secondary; as in “justifying” abortion.
The erstwhile, willful act of opposition to the Truth was called sin. God’s creatures that may — in His image and likeness — participate in His creation chose alienation and destruction. Jesus came to overcome sin. He can help only those who would be helped.
Early Christians called their paths following Jesus “the Way,” whose essential element — apostate “Christians” choose to forget — is self-denial for the truth, e.g., to refuse to call evil, good and good, evil for temporal advancement; as Jesus denied Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane — he chose not his will, but the Father’s will, i.e., obedience.
Clergy glibly numb the modern apostate’s conscience, speaking vacuously of “love,” particularly God’s love implying affirmation, but “love” is the realization of truth; realized in willing the Father’s will “on Earth as it is in Heaven.”
What is recovered is the relationship between Creator and creature.
Thomas J. Donegan