I agree with St. Thomas Aquinas that God is “essentially unknowable.” Beneath that statement lies several assumptions:

  1. Human intelligence can never capture the essence of who God is. We are incapable of doing so. It makes sense that God loved us so much that he sent his only son to tell us and more importantly to show us about who God is, but using all the extensions of human nature to do so. Christ used parables, stories and similes to say, not who God is the way we would use a mathematical formula, but how to see Jesus, who, in turn is the only one who can see the Father.
  2. Christ becomes the Christ Principle, in my thinking, the key to unlock the human condition so that we can move to that next stage in our evolution, which is being an adopted son or daughter of the Father (Baltimore Catechism Question 6: What is the purpose of life? To know, love and serve God in this world and to be happy with God in the next.)
  3. Why is all of this esoteric thinking important? When Jesus came and taught us how to love God with our whole mind, our whole heart, and our whole strength and our neighbor as ourselves, people of the time had part of the Divine Equation but could not quite get what God was telling them. Jesus became one of us to speak our language, to mediate with the Father on our behalf, to take away Original Sin brought on by the pride and disobedience of Adam and Eve. (Romans 5). The assumptions Jesus had was that we would never be able to grasp the reality of God because we were not of divine nature. The next best thing was to allow human to grow and develop to their full potential. Adam and Eve were archetypes of what happens when humans are given reason, the freedom to choose what they reason, and no consequences for their actions until after they die.
  4. The Divine Equation are the questions and answers that God gives to those who deny themselves, take up their cross each day, and do the will of the Father, as it presents itself. To live in the spiritual universe, it takes the energy of God (grace) to sustain each of us according to our abilities to love others and do the will of the Father.
  5. What Jesus taught us is like concentrated orange juice. You have to mix it with the water of human condition carried by each individual person to make it drinkable.
  6. This realization that I am limited by my human nature but redeemed from just being a human that does not have a destiny in Heaven. That leaves me with some learning points.
  7. I can’t know the Trinity as the Trinity knows itself. I can know the Trinity through actually doing Scriptures and learning to see Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  8. The spiritual universe seems like fairy tales to those who do not know how to use the Christ Principle to show how all reality is one with pure knowledge, pure love, and pure service as its energy.
  9. I don’t have to know how all of this fits together since I have neither the capability nor capacity to grasp the divinity as a divine person.
  10. My life as a Lay Cistercian revolves around growing each day in, with, and through Christ, to the glory of the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit.


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