[quote=anonymousguy]I would like a Catholic Expert to answer my following question. Where can i find a Catholic Expert to answer my questions?
From what i understand (please correct me if i am wrong), Catholics believe in “habitual or sanctifying grace, gratia gratum faciens, which takes the form of a permanent habit of the soul, infused into man by God, and which may be considered to amount to a participation by man in the divine being”
(Alister E. McGrath, Iustitia Dei: A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification, Second Edition (Cambridge: Cambridge Press, 1998) 109 [bold and underline emphasis mine]).
The supernatural habit is “a created gift which is itself is produced within the soul by God, and **yet is essentially indistinguishable from him **- the supernatural habit.” (McGrath, 146 [bold emphasis mine]).
Again, from what i understand, this habitual or sanctifying grace is a created gift which is essentially indistinguishable from God (please correct me if i am wrong, but this is what i understood from the above quotes). So my question is, how could created habitual or sanctifying grace be essentially indistinguishable from God who is uncreated?
Don’t get hung-up on vocabulary. Search for the correct ideation – the things described by the vocabulary.
The problem originates within the being of God.
God is all love.
God is all just.
This creates a problem.
If all-loving God, overflowing with love, creates free will beings who are less than God, then “before grace,” procedurally, we are garbage that does nothing but choose against God, because we have no good reason to not sin.
Outside of the impact of grace, all we want to do is sin, sin, sin, sin, sin.
We are pigs.
Now, for the justice in the all-just God, this is a problem. In effect, before grace, the justice of the all-just God says, “These pigs don’t deserve improvement so that they can shake My hand, in the Beatific Vision! I will NOT give them that for free! SOMEBODY’S got to pay for that grace!”
In response, the Son of God says, “I will! I’ll pay!”
God the Father responds, “I accept your loving offer! And I lovingly offer up this wonderful Son of Mine, Whom I love with something akin to desperation, to suffer and die at the hands of these pigs, to pay for the grace of the pigs’ salvation!”
So, God didn’t create the “grace.” His Son kind of created access to the grace, by truly purchasing it from God’s Own justice, by His suffering and death.
This purchased grace enables us to do what we won’t do, without it. It enables us to see the alternative of love, and it enables us to opt in favor of it without violating free will.
That is the explanation you seek.