“Majestic Theism in Action”
Good People: Let’s do a little theology on this beautiful Sunday morning:
Sacred religious texts such as the Bible have an interesting way to remind us about our fragility as human beings as compared to God, the Ultimate Reality, the Center of Gravity, and the One Who holds all things together in the (multi)universe; the latter is an example of theological reasoning and belief that goes beyond the sphere of science and theoretical physics. Also, Scriptures (sacred Texts or sacred Writings) have a specific way to call us to mental submission, that is, the call to surrender ourselves to the will, majesty, and sovereignty of God. Submission in this case is a way to help us cultivate humility, to think about the transient nature of our time in the world and the ephemeral things that inhabit our world, and to ponder upon our constant dependence on God for the reality of our existence in the cosmos.
“Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves.”
“1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You turn people back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
4 A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
–Psalm 90:1-4, 12
I call this scriptural summary and attestation, as noted in the verses above, about the rapport between human beings to the infinite God “majestic theism in action.” The great danger in human spirituality and theological meditation is existential–which may produce spiritual alienation and discomfort–is when all human activities and interventions in the world elevate human beings (a humancentric attitude toward life, joys, pleasures, and death) above the divine (a theocentric attitude toward life, pleasures, joys, relationships, and death).
Happy Sunday from the Sunshine State!