Cursed by God?

16 04 2012

On Good Friday and Easter I stated that the “curses” God seems to put on Adam and Eve after they eat the forbidden fruit are NOT a case of a powerful Judge throwing a temper-tantrum and handing out convictions and sentences to the law-breakers standing before His lofty bench.  Rather, the Creator of life and light is merely declaring the facts, of the new fractured reality, which was ushered in by our First Parents when they failed to trust the God who was the source of their life, their everything.  God does not curse anyone, He simply explains (however painfully) the natural consequences of my choices, and yours too.

Fr. Richard John Neuhaus has stated that quoting C.S. Lewis is a dangerous enterprise, for once one starts, it is neigh on impossible to know when to stop.  Well, here is a paragraph from Lewis on the Trinity and what it means to be united or separated from God (taken from Mere Christianity, Book IV, chp. 4 “Good Infection”):

And now, what does it [the theology of the Trinity] all matter?  It matters more than anything else in the world.  The whole dance, or drama, or pattern of this three-Personal life is to be played out in each one of us:  or (putting it the other way round) each one of us has got to enter that pattern, take his place in that dance.  There is no other way to the happiness for which we were made.  Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a kind of infection.  If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water.  If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them.  They are not a sort of prizes which God could, if He The Resurrectionchose, just hand out to anyone.  They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very centre of reality.  If you are close to it, the spray will wet you: if you are not, you will remain dry.  Once a man is united to God, how could he not live forever?  Once a man is separated from God, what can he do but wither and die?

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