The Author of Sin (edited)

Is there a difference between God's thoughts and His actions?

Neutrality of opinion is an oxymoron.

Neutrality of opinion is impossible.

Therefore, so-called “unbiased” science which prides itself on its unflinching, impersonal neutrality of opinion with regard to truth is an impossible oxymoron. “To “be scientific” is therefore utterly ridiculous. Further, “Science”, as value neutral, is no “thing” at all, at least not in the world of reasonable, rational, actualizing men.

To have an opinion about anything is to have an irrepressible bias. Indeed, to simply “state” even a supposedly “self-evident” fact that one might hold dear is to give expression to the hidden bias of his heart.

He who feels “betrayed” when he encounters the hitherto hidden bias of one whom he has read and heard and trusted to be as self-deceived as he with regards to neutrality of opinion, is irredeemably myopic and, quite frankly, ignorant and deluded. For, as stated, “to express” anything at all is to simply state one’s opinion, never mind how “objective” or “unfounded” such an opinion is in actual fact.

“Objectivity”, to most, is simply how well one’s bias conforms to the prevailing cultural or societal opinion.

Again, anything that God does simply “is” and ever will be because He, as our sovereign Lord, is necessarily good and cannot be anything but, never mind if man in his myopic finitude perceives (with the aforementioned irrepressible bias) God’s actions as either good or evil, holy or profane.

It matters not to God. For God does not entrust Himself to man, because He knows what is in man. {John 2:25}

If matter is eternal, which is to say, without a beginning or end, without creator or teleology whatsoever then it is the highest expression that “life” could ever aspire, thus rendering transcendence beyond “what-is” untenable and by it, also impossible. So says the evolutionists, among other reductionist nincompoops.

At the highest and most powerful state of ecstatic grandeur and overwhelming epiphanic entrancement, the last thing I require is my will to enable me to love. Quite the contrary, for there, on the starry, windswept peaks of unity with my Divine, I endeavor (if, alas, I can endeavor in such a state at all) that my “will” becomes His or, better said, that my will be revealed to be His all along.

Therefore, freedom of will is not required for me to express love or receive it. Love is a gift from God to God. I am convinced that I could never in and of my own devices love God in the way that I would “want”.

There is no greater good than God.

Is there a difference between God’s thoughts and His actions?

At some fixed point in the stars of man’s metaphysical speculation will metaphysics prevent the speculator from proceeding any further into the Truth of God; those Truths which cannot be accessed by any method or model that the mind of man is able to contrive or conceive.

For, metaphysics is, in fact, a “thing” created either by the sovereign power of God or the clever machinations of man.

How then can that which is created even remotely begin to comprehend that which is uncreated? They cannot, for they are opposites and are “as far as the east is from the west.” {Psalms 103:12}

As a metaphysician, I say these things without a slight bit of consternation, just as all good metaphysicians should feel when confronted with the untenable limits of their own speculations. For, to proceed into His Truths any further requires me to surrender to the indisputable reality that I couldn’t in and of myself (which is to say, “my flesh”), be any further from Him.

Man’s freedom of will that would take God at any time by surprise makes the cross and the incarnation of Christ contingencies.

Indeed, the cross was never taken by the Godhead at any time to be a contingency, an unforeseen “plan B”, or a “get out clause” in the “unfortunate” event that man would fail to use his free will to love, worship, and honor God and no other.

Christ was destined to come as the Godhead’s Suffering Servant. It had been preordained. Nothing that man could do – or not – would have altered that.

“What if God, intending to show His wrath and make His power known, bore with great patience the vessels of His wrath, prepared for destruction? What if He did this to make the riches of His glory known to the vessels of His mercy, whom He prepared in advance for glory…” {Rom 8:22-23}

God allows sin so that His wrath might be displayed on the sons of disobedience and His mercies on the sons of glory.

For how would man praise Him in the way that He would have us without a knowledge of the deprivations of sin and the great mercies He has displayed to us who have been redeemed from sin by the cross? Again, the cross was no contingency. Nothing takes an omniscient God by “surprise”.

Satan then must have been allowed by God to be the author of sin. Fallen and corruptible man was Satan’s instrument and the masterpiece of all his distortions and lies which are coming to an end and will eventually and emphatically at some future time end and be no more. {Rev 21:4}

Fallen and corruptible humanity is also coming to an end. Amen

Whatever one “feels” or believes he (or she) has “heard” from the Lord that does not conform to the centuries-long plumbline of scripture and the Spirit-breathed tradition of proper biblical interpretation must be rejected. One can, I suppose, explore certain extracurricular notions but only insofar as they remain mere explorations and are not anchored or acted upon in one’s life, mind, or ministry in a definitive way.

The chosen of Christ can be assured that their faith will never fail but will, in fact, withstand repeated trial after trial and assault after assault and disappointment and confusion and rejection and much testing and much persecution and many sufferings because it is Christ who loves us and “is able to save to the uttermost” because He “always lives to make intercession for us.” {Heb 7:25, emphasis mine} Because “love never fails” {1 Cor 13:8}, specifically, His love for us. And because Jesus, our High Priest, lives to make intercession for us now and for all times by praying to the Father, the same as He prayed for Peter, “that his faith would not fail”, so too is this His prayer to the Father for us so that we might persevere unto the end so that we shall be saved. {Matt 24:13}

For it is not our faith that saves but His: His will, His choice, His love for us which first loved us so that we would love Him. {1 John 4:19}