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October 3, 2012

CCC 279-324

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The Father: The Creator

  1. God created the world, and all that is, both visible and invisible. [Gn 1:1]
  2. Creation is the beginning of salvation history, and the world was created for Christ. [Rom 8:18-23]
  3. Easter Vigil (Latin), as well as vigils of all other great feasts (Byzantine), begin with the account of creation.

About Creation

  1. Christian faith answers the universal questions of origin and destination.
  2. Scientific discoveries invite admiration of and thanksgiving toward the Creator. [Wis 7:17-22]
  3. Man asks not just how, but why?
  4. Religions and cultures have proposed answers. Described briefly herein are Pantheism, Dualism, Manichaeism, Gnosticism, Deism, and Materialism.
  5. Intelligence can propose answers, but faith corrects the errors. [Heb 11:3]
  6. Besides revelation in nature [Acts 17:24-29; Rom 1:19-20], God revealed the mystery of creation to Israel over time [Is 43:1; Ps 115:15; Ps 124:8; Ps 134:3].
  7. Creation was the necessary first step toward God’s covenant with his people. [Gen 15:5; Jer 33:19-26] The truth of creation is expressed in the words of prophets, prayers, and wisdom. [Is 44:24; Ps 104; Prov 8:22-31]
  8. The book of Genesis gives order to the world: creation, fall, and promise of salvation.

The Trinity Creates

  1. The opening line affirms that God is eternal, the creator of all things, and that all things depend on him. [Gn 1:1]
  2. All things were made with, through, and for the Son. [Jn 1:1-3; Col 1:16-17] The creative action of the Holy Spirit (thus, the Trinity) is rooted in Sacred Tradition.
  3. The OT suggests and the NT reveals that creation was the common work of the Trinity. [Ps 33 6; Ps 104:30; Gen 1:2-3]

The Purpose of Creation

  1. The world was created for the glory of God, not to increase it, but to make manifest and communicate his perfect love to his creatures.
  2. Man’s fullness is seeing God through Jesus, and God’s purpose for creation is that he will become “all in all”. [Eph 1:5-6; 1 Cor 15:28]

The Mystery of Creation

  1. God willed to create; creation was not necessary or random chance. [Wis 9:9; Rev 4:11; Ps 104:24; Ps 145:9]
  2. God created everything out of nothing (ex nihilo).
  3. Ex nihilo is a truth full of promise and hope. [2 Macc 7:22-23,28]
  4. From nothing, God can give, through the Spirit, life to man, both spiritual and physical. [Ps 51:12; Rom 4:17; Gen 1:3; 2 Cor 4:6]
  5. In his wisdom, God created an ordered world. [Wis 11:20] The Son is the image of God, in which man was created. [Col 1:15; Gen 1:26] We can understand the message of creation only through humility and respect. [Ps 19:2-5; Job 42:3] Made from his goodness, God sees it as good. [Gn 1:4,10,12,18,21,31]
  6. God is greater than his works; thus, he is present to his creatures’ very being. [Ps 8:1; Sir 43:28; Ps 145:3; Acts 17:28]
  7. God sustains, not abandons, his creations. [Wis 11:24-26]

Divine Providence

  1. God saw his creation as good, but it was not yet complete (in statu viae).
  2. God is absolutely sovereign, so his divine providence is concrete and immediate. [Ps 115:3; Rev 3:7; Prov 19:21]
  3. In Scripture, the Holy Spirit reminds us of God’s Lordship [Is 10:5-15; Is 45; Dt 32:39; Sir 11:14] and teaches trust in the Lord [Ps 22,32,35,103,138,etc.].
  4. Jesus also taught this trust. [Mt 6:31-33; Mt 10:29-31]
  5. God’s plan calls for the cooperation of his creatures. From his love comes their dignity.
  6. God gave man dominion over the earth, to participate in and complete its creation. [Gn 1:26-28] Conscious participation in his divine will makes man his co-worker, and the labor may require suffering. [1 Cor 3:9; 1 Thes 3:2; Col 1:24; Col 4:11]
  7. That God works through his creatures is inseparable from faith. [Phil 2:13; 1 Cor 12:6] A creature cannot exist, much less reach its destiny without its creator. [Mt 19:26; Jn 15:5; Jn 14:13]
  8. The whole of Christian faith answers the question as to why evil exists.
  9. God willed a journeying world (in statu viae, c.f. ¶302), and until it is perfected, evil will exist.
  10. God did not create moral evil, but allows because he respects his creatures’ free wills.
  11. Evil neer becomes good, but God can bring good from the consequences of evil. [Gn 45:8; Gn 50:20; Tob 2:12; Rom 5:20]
  12. All of God’s works come from love and move toward salvation. [Rom 8:28]
  13. We will fully understand of God’s ways only when we see him face-to-face. [1 Cor 13:12] When our participation in creation is over, we too will (sabbath) rest. [Gn 2:2]


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