Friday, January 10, 2014

Non Servium III

Keep in mind that I'm not the Pope(definitely) nor a theologian. So this is at best opinion.
We know Lucifer was very intelligent(angels have a higher intellect than humans).
We know Lucifer was close to God.
We know Lucifer,like all angels is eternal.
St. Augustine says: "'Angel' is the name of their office, not of their nature. If you seek the name of their nature, it is ‘spirit'; if you seek the name of their office, it is ‘angel': from what they are, ‘spirit,' from what they do, ‘angel.'"
With their whole beings the angels are servants and messengers of God. Because they "always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven" they are the "mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word."
As purely spiritual creatures angels have intelligence and will: they are personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures, as the splendor of their glory bears witness.
From the Incarnation to the Ascension, the life of the Word incarnate is surrounded by the adoration and service of angels.
When God "brings the firstborn into the world, he says: ‘Let all God's angels worship him.'" (Heb 1:6)
Their song of praise at the birth of Christ has not ceased resounding in the Church's praise: "Glory to God in the highest!" (Lk 2:14)
They protect Jesus in his infancy, serve him in the desert, strengthen him in his agony in the garden, when he could have been saved by them from the hands of his enemies as Israel had been. (Cf. Mt 1:20; 2:13, 19; 4:11; 26:53; Mk 1:13; Lk 22:43; 2 Macc 10:29-30; 11:8)
Again, it is the angels who "evangelize" by proclaiming the Good News of Christ's Incarnation and Resurrection. (Cf. Lk 2:8-14; Mk 16:5-7)
They will be present at Christ's return, which they will announce, to serve at his judgment. (Cf. Acts 1:10-11; Mt 13:41; 24:31; Lk 12:8-9)
For more information, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, sections 328 and following:
What more could you ask for? Lucifer rebelled.Perhaps,he did ask for more?
IMHO sin begins with lust;an INORDINATE desire.
We humans have all kinds of desires.The desire for happiness,the desire to love and be loved. As Christians we know these desires are fulfilled in what should be our highest desire, God. Desire in itself is not evil.Lust is an inordinate desire.We usually think of lust as a sexual desire but sexual desire in itself is not evil nor is it the only thing we can lust for.
Wondering why Lucifer would rebel against God I concluded that possibly(note the word,possibly)saw God's creation of man and had an inordinate desire to be given what man had.Lucifer had free will. He could reject the desire and desire only God.
After all,God created man out of love and the love Lucifer should have had was to desire the greatest and highest good for man.That is,for man to be with God. Again,perhaps Lucifer chose with his free will his inordinate desire over his desire to be with God.
Man was given dominion over the world God created and then was given a being like himself,woman,and the marital union with her as well as free will,innocence and a close relationship with God.
Lucifer says I will not serve,some of the angels rebel with him and they are cast from heaven.
It's called getting what you ask for.
So Satan tempts Eve.
In Genesis he is represented as a serpent;but perhaps(again I'm not a theologian)Satan-being an angel albeit a fallen angel-& still has the same powerful intellect gives Eve the thought-the LIE.
Human freedom is broad-you may eat of all the trees
Human freedom has limits-but this ONE
She should have trusted her Creator.She had no reason not to. Satan was claiming God lied.
In a way saying that God is keeping from her something God does not want her to have.He didn't want her to have it but for good reason. She is now being lured into an inordinate desire.TO BE CONTINUED

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