OC 02/05 Episode 036 Catechism 0290-0294

Catechism 0290-0294

Today’s Question:
297. Who says that “the world was created for the glory of God”?

II. CREATION – WORK OF THE HOLY TRINITY

290 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”: [128] three things are affirmed in these first words of Scripture: the eternal God gave a beginning to all that exists outside of himself; he alone is Creator (the verb “create” – Hebrew bara – always has God for its subject). the totality of what exists (expressed by the formula “the heavens and the earth”) depends on the One who gives it being.

291 “In the beginning was the Word. . . and the Word was God. . . all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” [129] The New Testament reveals that God created everything by the eternal Word, his beloved Son. In him “all things were created, in heaven and on earth.. . all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” [130] The Church’s faith likewise confesses the creative action of the Holy Spirit, the “giver of life”, “the Creator Spirit” (Veni, Creator Spiritus), the “source of every good”. [131]

292 The Old Testament suggests and the New Covenant reveals the creative action of the Son and the Spirit, [132] inseparably one with that of the Father. This creative co-operation is clearly affirmed in the Church’s rule of faith: “There exists but one God. . . he is the Father, God, the Creator, the author, the giver of order. He made all things by himself, that is, by his Word and by his Wisdom”, “by the Son and the Spirit” who, so to speak, are “his hands”. [133] Creation is the common work of the Holy Trinity.

III. “THE WORLD WAS CREATED FOR THE GLORY OF GOD”

293 Scripture and Tradition never cease to teach and celebrate this fundamental truth: “The world was made for the glory of God.” [134] St. Bonaventure explains that God created all things “not to increase his glory, but to show it forth and to communicate it”, [135] for God has no other reason for creating than his love and goodness: “Creatures came into existence when the key of love opened his hand.” [136] The First Vatican Council explains:

This one, true God, of his own goodness and “almighty power”, not for increasing his own beatitude, nor for attaining his perfection, but in order to manifest this perfection through the benefits which he bestows on creatures, with absolute freedom of counsel “and from the beginning of time, made out of nothing both orders of creatures, the spiritual and the corporeal. . .” [137]

294 The glory of God consists in the realization of this manifestation and communication of his goodness, for which the world was created. God made us “to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace”, [138] for “the glory of God is man fully alive; moreover man’s life is the vision of God: if God’s revelation through creation has already obtained life for all the beings that dwell on earth, how much more will the Word’s manifestation of the Father obtain life for those who see God.” [139] The ultimate purpose of creation is that God “who is the creator of all things may at last become “all in all”, thus simultaneously assuring his own glory and our beatitude.” [140]

Answer to today’s question:
(297) Who says that “the world was created for the glory of God”?

1. Pantheism which identifies the world with God
2. Dualism which says that the world is the product of two conflicting principles: Good and Evil
3. Deism which says that God created and abandoned the world to itself
4. Materialism which sees the world as the interplay of uncreated matter.

II. CREATION – WORK OF THE HOLY TRINITY

290 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”: [128] three things are affirmed in these first words of Scripture: the eternal God gave a beginning to all that exists outside of himself; he alone is Creator (the verb “create” – Hebrew bara – always has God for its subject). the totality of what exists (expressed by the formula “the heavens and the earth”) depends on the One who gives it being.

291 “In the beginning was the Word. . . and the Word was God. . . all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” [129] The New Testament reveals that God created everything by the eternal Word, his beloved Son. In him “all things were created, in heaven and on earth.. . all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” [130] The Church’s faith likewise confesses the creative action of the Holy Spirit, the “giver of life”, “the Creator Spirit” (Veni, Creator Spiritus), the “source of every good”. [131]

292 The Old Testament suggests and the New Covenant reveals the creative action of the Son and the Spirit, [132] inseparably one with that of the Father. This creative co-operation is clearly affirmed in the Church’s rule of faith: “There exists but one God. . . he is the Father, God, the Creator, the author, the giver of order. He made all things by himself, that is, by his Word and by his Wisdom”, “by the Son and the Spirit” who, so to speak, are “his hands”. [133] Creation is the common work of the Holy Trinity.

III. “THE WORLD WAS CREATED FOR THE GLORY OF GOD”

293 Scripture and Tradition never cease to teach and celebrate this fundamental truth: “The world was made for the glory of God.” [134] St. Bonaventure explains that God created all things “not to increase his glory, but to show it forth and to communicate it”, [135] for God has no other reason for creating than his love and goodness: “Creatures came into existence when the key of love opened his hand.” [136] The First Vatican Council explains:

This one, true God, of his own goodness and “almighty power”, not for increasing his own beatitude, nor for attaining his perfection, but in order to manifest this perfection through the benefits which he bestows on creatures, with absolute freedom of counsel “and from the beginning of time, made out of nothing both orders of creatures, the spiritual and the corporeal. . .” [137]

294 The glory of God consists in the realization of this manifestation and communication of his goodness, for which the world was created. God made us “to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace”, [138] for “the glory of God is man fully alive; moreover man’s life is the vision of God: if God’s revelation through creation has already obtained life for all the beings that dwell on earth, how much more will the Word’s manifestation of the Father obtain life for those who see God.” [139] The ultimate purpose of creation is that God “who is the creator of all things may at last become “all in all”, thus simultaneously assuring his own glory and our beatitude.” [140]

Answer to today’s question:
297 Who says that “the world was created for the glory of God”?

1. Pantheism which identifies the world with God
2. Dualism which says that the world is the product of two conflicting principles: Good and Evil
3. Deism which says that God created and abandoned the world to itself
4. Materialism which sees the world as the interplay of uncreated matter.

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