The Gospel Truth

The Faces of God | May 31, 2012

Theologians have been speculating on the Beatific Vision for many centuries.

They believe that God has many faces and countless attributes that boggle the weak human mind.

Since we experience life according to St. Paul, through a glass darkly, I believe that God’s many faces can easily be reduced to two predominant aspects of our understanding of God that dominate traditional theology and philosophy.

The Gospels highlight both the God of Love and the God of Truth.

All the Gospels accounts concern God’s love and truth in varying degrees.

Love seems to register higher on the Richter scale of popularity than truth, but to me, the God of Truth has a more intense attraction.

This face of God is most apparent in John’s Gospel.

Its words and its imagery soar like an eagle with its rendition of God as the Logos, the Divine Word who is designed to enlighten the minds and souls of all who believe.

Words soared like an eagle

Given our social milieu, the pursuit of truth can be the higher and more difficult road.

In a world of shifting values, truth is more elusive and therefore more difficult than loving one’s neighbor.

Everyone wants and seeks love but truth has many enemies.

We live in a society that Pope Benedict XVI has called a dictatorship of relativity.

Real truth is impossible in this dictatorship.

All that exists is opinion, usually based on nothing more substantial than shallow feelings.

Liberals exude this kind of  false truth.

Many people will say you have your truth and they have their truth.

To them all opinions share an equal status.

Just like the elimination of sin, absolute truth has been relegated to the dusty shelves of irrelevance.

The dictatorship of relativism emanates from the philosophy of Nominalism, which dates back to the 14th century and Franciscan monk, William of Ockham.

The father of relativity

He denied the real existence of metaphysical universals.

Responsible for the phrase Ockham’s Razor, William served as the model for the literary character, William of Baskerville, the monastic detective who uses logic in a similar manner and, also like has faced charges of heresy in Umberto Echo’s classic, The Name of the Rose.

Unchecked Nominalism that sees only individuals leads to pure relativity.

It is this kind of tampering with logic and the rules of communication that has given us the term, politically correct.

Things are not what they are but what we want them to be or what the custodians of the social mores say they are.

Truth has nothing to do with it.

We are conditioned to accept everyone just the way they are.

There are no wrong answers, stupid, bad, or lazy people, just variations of the human condition that remain equal before the law and social custom.

We have become a nation of euphemistics who cannot talk in straight language to one another for fear or offending someone’s sensibilities, whether they are racial, ethnic or sexual.

This affords great power to a special group that has been able to muster political and legal protections, usually at the expense of other groups.

The truth of any issue is often the first casualty in this kind of cultural manipulation.

Society is the ultimate loser in this kind of artificial milieu.

Pope John Paul II is reputed to have said after viewing Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion of the Christ, It is what it is.

Pope John Paul II

Knew what absolute truth was

In other words, Gibson had captured the true spirit and fact of the crucifixion as preserved by the Church.

Oh that we could all do that in our conversations.

Life and the pursuit of the true face of God would be less complicated if we could all adopt this way of viewing reality.

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3 Comments »

  1. The problem is that we can no longer depend 100%
    on what Churchmen promote as though it was an
    absolute such as the social justice mentality which facilitated the passage of Obamacare.

    Best we stick with the basic 10 Commandments and
    not be manipulated into following that which enables
    a political agenda which ignores our U.S. Constitu-
    tion which protects our God-Given Rights to Life,
    Liberty and the Pursuit of Happines (right to the
    fruits of our labor).

    MF

    Comment by MF — May 31, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

  2. What is truth? God is truth. And the church has been given the mission to teach, govern and sanctify. If some teachers have swayed from truth, they will spend eternity in hell. The Holy Spirit guides the church to truth. MF is correct –the basic 10 commandments, the seven capital sins and the commandments of the church. Say our rosaries and attend good Masses. Repent of our sins and receive the sacraments. God will give us a good shake to straighten out the work Satan is doing to try to destroy the church. Patience.

    Comment by Mary B. Lachney — June 1, 2012 @ 1:19 am

  3. Pray brothers and sisters, Pray.
    This is our direct line to God, His angles and Saints.

    Comment by Jim — June 1, 2012 @ 11:25 pm


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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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