A thought on “limbo”
I hold that when people are drawn to the “constructs” of
theologians - and thereby drawn away from the beautiful imagery
given by the Creator in the Scriptures - a kind of distortion
takes place. Under and over- emphasis, theoretical "constructs."
Most distressing. Akin to taking a love letter and “parsing” the construction.
God gave us much imagery and told us stories to support and
comfort us in our journey back to Him. Set aside the
works of speculative “theology” and listen to the Word of God
Himself, is my thought. And, for some reason, I do get the
idea that the current Holy Father might just agree with me.
Put Aquinas back on the shelf and open the Scriptures - to
read of lambs, and a good thief, a man fallen among robbers,
the birds of the air and a little lost sheep, carried on the shoulders of the Good Shepherd.
God told us stories and Jesus urged us to become
child-like, in turning to His Father. No wonder God gave
us stories, for He knows well the hearts of human beings.
We will remember a story long after
dessicated theological “syllogisms” are gone from memory.
There is, to me, a hubris - in turning away from the word
of God to craft our own theological “inventions” and “constructs.”
But then God told Adam Stay away from the tree of
the knowledge of good and evil, yet the first man and
woman could not resist. They took and ate of that fruit.
Well neigh irresitible, the fruit of that tree.
And the recent jettisoning of the “concept” of Limbo is a
case in point, I think. No use in trying to distance ourselves
from this sad concept - by stating that it was never an
"offical" teaching. I could almost smell! the apple juice on
the hands of those - Aquinas among them - who dished up
that slice of “apple pie.” That people coud even consider! -
based on the theoretical concepts of the “need” for Baptism
as resulting in shutting out an unbaptized infant from God’s full presence -
amazed me in the 1950’s and amazed me for the next 50 plus years.
But, then, that’s what happens when human beings decide to be the “chefs” and take
what God has revealed and try to whip up apple dumplings.
We’re right back in the garden - with our first parents - reaching out for a fruit that God has told us not to eat.
And when this is done, humility is forfeit. We no longer have
both feet on the humus of God’s creation. Instead, theological
"head-trips" are the order of the day, as we try to go beyond
the beautiful and sustaining imagery given to us by the
Master of the Universe Himself.
Too many chefs spoil the broth.