Could the creation of the universe hang on the greatest commandments?


#1

Does God love each and every one of us as he loves himself? Could God have any greater purpose to create the universe and life?

Are our greatest commandments based on what is greatest for God?


#2

Yes , @Eric_Hyom .

As the Jesuit motto says - - - - - - - Ad majórem Dei glóriam, also rendered as the abbreviation AMDG, the Latin motto of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), an order of the Catholic Church. It means “For the greater glory of God.”


#3

It’s possible. Why wouldn’t it be so?

But don’t forget, we also would not want to start making rules claiming what God “is” or what God “must be” or “must do” or how God “must act” lest we start building God from scratch for ourselves.

Remember what God told Moses at the burning bush at Exodus 3:14:

"I am who I am."

In other words, God defines for God’s Self who and what God is. It isn’t up to us to start naming God, defining God, and claiming for ourselves what God can, should, could, and shouldn’t do. That expression at Exodus 3:14 in Hebrew:

Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh

…it literally means: “I Say Who or What I Am.” It means that God is Self-Defining. We don’t or can’t say what God does or doesn’t do. Of why God does what God does. We can’t start making rules about God’s actions. That is literally what idolatry is.

You don’t have to build an image out of something three dimensional to make a false god to worship. You merely have to start making claims about what your god is and/or isn’t.

Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh isn’t that way. Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh is a Self-Defining God. God Proves to Be what God Proves to Be. We accept God on God’s terms. And if we don’t know something, well… we accept God on God’s terms.

Now, this doesn’t mean that creation doesn’t hang on the greatest of God’s commandments. It may very well do so. But again, as it is written:

O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor?” --Romans 11:33-34.


#4

It is not my intention to make any claims for Truth. Rather it is just putting down a collection of words to challenge the mind to think; we are in the philosophy section.

When Jesus spent his time on earth, he would have obeyed the greatest commandments; and loved all his neighbours as he loves himself. When Jesus ascended to heaven did these two commandments still have a greatest meaning for him?

Jesus said, if you know me, then you know the Father. We are created in the image, likeness and nature of God. Could it be that the these commandments have a greatest meaning for God?


#5

I never said you were doing that. I was “just putting down a collection of words to challenge the mind to think.”

After all “we are in the philosophy section,” are we not? I was not doing anything different than you were.

Besides, I’m Jewish. While I believe that Jesus was sent by God and taught and lived the Torah to bring the Gentiles from their idol gods to the worship of the God of Abraham, I do not think that the way that any human lives any of the mitzvahs proves whether they have a direct effect on the Divine or demonstrates one way or another exactly how God might or may not be.

This is not to say that the Catholic teaching is not without merit.


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