Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Man's response to the reality of unknowables: morality

The viper's seduction in the Garden of Eden:
"Ye shall be as gods."
Man is not God. Man cannot know the unknowable: cannot see the future, cannot know the full "Butterfly Effect" consequences of actions.

Our response, to not being God, is morality. Moral action protects us: we act morally and let God sort the consequences. Moral action is worship; is expression of humility in the face of Unfathomable Greatness.

It's possible Dr. Tiller's assassin forgot he was not God; forgot he could not know if assassination would ultimately be a good thing or a bad thing for the world; forgot he could not predict full consequences generating out of his action. It's possible he forgot that man's response, to the reality of unknowables, is moral action. It's possible he forgot that no man can stand up to Satan, but can only be delivered from evil through faith.

I empathize with the assassin in this respect: I've acted upon every mistaken conception he acted upon. It is by God's grace that my mistakes have not led down a path to murder. My mistakes have certainly led to agonizing sin.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

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