Humility

The Incarnation is God’s grand summons.  The Word made flesh means God wants us to become God.  But, here’s the rub!  God invites us to become God on God’s terms, not on our terms.  God is humble, not a god of violent power, strong-arm might, vengeful and arrogant.  That’s Zeus, Jupiter, or Odin – the father-god of the Greeks, Romans, and Vikings, respectively.  That is most definitely NOT the God of Jesus Christ.  Our God empties the divine self in becoming human and in dying on a cross.  Our God is nonviolent, gentle and subtle – power of a wholly different sort.  So, becoming God does not mean we can claim divine authority for our every act, much less do we get godlike powers.  To become God on God’s terms is to descend into humility, to let go of everything that gets in the way of love, and offer compassion even to the one who insults you.  Then, you are giving flesh to God!

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2 thoughts on “Humility

  1. Admin says:

    Genesis 3:2-5 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
    3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
    4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
    5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

    The devil is the first one to suggest man may become gods, God didn’t become a man so we can become God, He became a man to die for our sins.

    God most certainly IS a God of violent power.

    Psalm 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

    • Both are traditional understandings that derive from scripture. It seem that the problem in the garden was that Adam and Eve wanted to seize godhood, thus they wanted to be God on their own terms, not God’s terms (humility, love, etc.)

      Also, as Christians (or at least from the Catholic perspective), we interpret scripture with Jesus at the center, for he is the revelation of God. Jesus, of course, reveals God as compassionate, humble, unconditional love. So, when I read a verse like Ps. 66:3 I look for ways to make the verse fit the understanding of God as humble love.

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