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No Longer Blind

"I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth." (John 16:12-13)

The time has come. Why do we still insist that the Blessed Trinity is the kind of mystery that must be believed blindly?

OF "BLIND" MICE AND MINDS

Here is a cautionary tale: Once upon a time, there was an experiment conducted where two groups of mice were wired up to a single source of electricity. When the scientist pressed a button, both groups received a very painful shock of electrical current. One group of mice were given a button in their cage that would turn off the electricity for themselves AND for the other group of mice. Remember, both groups received exactly the same amount of pain. But, while the group with the button continued to grow and to flourish, the other group started to deteriorate and to die.

I think it is fair to say that it is not healthy for human beings to suffer pain blindly without at least some way of making sense out of it. “The body can live without food easier than the soul can live without meaning.” (Richard Rohr Meditations—October 21, 2016)

I don't think we have been totally blind. Jesus ignited a light that has been growing steadily for the last two thousand years. Most of us have no problem saying that God is Love. Most are even able to say "love your enemies." Our efforts have grown and have enriched humanity tremendously. But there is still a great tragic barrier that I believe this web site can  help us to penetrate. WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO
UNDERSTAND AND EXPLAIN GOSPEL LOVE AND SUFFERING. LOTS OF FOLKS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO LIVE IT BUT WE STILL CANNOT  EXPLAIN IT.

· You don't necessarily need this web site to learn about love and suffering. We have all kinds of guidance for that.

· You don't even necessarily need this web site to learn about absolute unconditional love. We have teachings and traditions in our Church that do a much better job at that than I can do here.

· You certainly don't need this web site to learn how to live the Gospel. We have a whole procession of saints and mystics who show us the way to live the Christ life.

YOU NEED THIS WEB SITE TO LEARN A TOTALLY NEW PARADIGM (PHILOSOPHY) DRAWN FROM THE BLESSED TRINITY THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO AT LEAST UNDERSTAND AND EXPLAIN WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO LIVE. This philosophy avoids the kind of magical thinking that turns off and turns away so many people in this scientific and sophisticated society.

 

NEW WINE NEEDS A NEW WINESKIN

When we put the "new wine" of the Gospel into an "old wineskin" like Greek philosophy, we have always gotten the same results--we ruin the wine and the skin. One of the most common betrayals of our intellect happens when teachers reasonably start us on a philosophical journey only to lead us into that familiar dead end called, "It's a mystery"; or they pull a "deus ex machina."  They have God  pushing buttons and pulling strings right and left as though he didn't do a very good job of creating in the first place.

I find it is much more respectful when some mystic tells us that it is not helpful to try to understand the Christian experience--just learn to live it, they would say.

Of course, we have to live the experience. Living it is what it is all about. We would not want to be treated by a doctor who has nothing but book learning. But, if possible, wouldn't we be a lot more enthusiastic if we had a doctor who can tell us why and how things are happening?

TRINITY IS  THE NEW WINESKIN (PHILOSOPHY)

I believe that the Christian doctrine of the Blessed Trinity is actually a philosophy that allows us to create a NEW WINESKIN that is much simpler, much more in harmony with what we know from science and much better suited for explaining the Good News of Jesus Christ--it explains what every seeker of truth has been trying to get to. Christians (and everyone else) are trying to love--to overcome separation (evil/death).

The doctrine of Trinity contains within it a distinction that finally allows the human mind to explain why and how THERE IS NO SEPARATION. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO SEPARATION (EVIL/DEATH)!

Here we have two pictures of creation. The first is a classic picture that most saints and scholars have used. In it we see God as separate from creation. This picture always leaves room for separation, evil and death. The second is a picture of creation made possible by the distinction found in the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity.

THE TRINITARIAN DISTINCTION IS ABSOLUTE

The Blessed Trinity is a revealed truth up front but, once it is accepted fully, all the other "mysteries" can be explained a fortiori--if the greater truth is accepted, all the lesser truths must follow. In other words, if the one absolute, abundant and everlasting God Life is the ONLY life that can possibly exist, than all created and temporary forms of life live, move and have their being within God. And, whatever is done to the least one is done to God.

This kind of picture of creation within God is made possible ONLY by the discovery that PERSONS ARE A KIND OF BEING THAT IS TOTALLY DISTINCT FROM FORMS OF LIFE. THEY ARE IN NO WAY PART OF THE LIFE THEY POSSESS. Drag your finger across the table. Notice that one or more shadows move with it and are inseparable from your finger. Yet, the finger is in no way part of the shadow and the shadow is in no way part of the finger.

The ONE God Life knows and loves itself and every single form of life within itself; it also perfectly knows and loves each of the persons that it is hosting. The THREE God Persons are coexistent and can know and love ONLY by possessing the abundant and everlasting God Life that knows and loves. 

CHRISTIAN THINKING FOR DUMMIES

Perhaps this web site should be called "Christian THINKING for dummies." I cannot offer anything unique here but a way of freeing the Gospel IN YOUR THINKING.  Of course, there is a big difference between thinking and living Christianity. Paul, in the 7th chapter of Romans, basically is saying: I don't understand myself. I do what I didn't want to do, and I don't do what I wanted. That sounds familiar, doesn't it? Then he says: I agree with the law of God in my mind; but in my flesh, there is another law at war with the law of God. Then he asks: Who will save this flesh?

Paul's THINKING was pretty much saved by the time he wrote. But, he realized that his flesh had a long, long way to go before he could experience much salvation there. That's why Paul liked to say that we are "being saved."

We have been "being saved" for the last two thousand years. I, personally, think it will take only one more thousand years for all of humanity to be fully experiencing the salvation of Jesus Christ in their flesh. Yes, it takes that long for flesh to impress and to be impressed with enough of the right kind of experiences (sights and sounds and touches) in order to be saved. I can say more about that later. For now, let me just say that it is IMPOSSIBLE for the KINGDOM (God's will being done by all humans on earth) to grow to completion without innumerable experience of  seeing, hearing and touching. That work of saving humanity is the work of Jesus in his Church (Mary, sacraments and all who now and will eventually walk by faith on this earth).

With the
Trinitarian Distinction (Persons are not part of the Life they possess), our thinking no longer has to be blind. But, we must not let that fool us. Like Paul, we must realize that we have a long, long way to go before God's will is being DONE here in this flesh of ours and in the flesh of all humanity. ONLY THE KINGDOM WILL FREE US FROM ALL BLINDNESS! FOR GOD, ONLY THE KINGDOM ON EARTH CONSTITUTES SALVATION--A SALVATION FOR EVERYONE WITHOUT EXCEPTION.

Thus, although there is no
complete salvation (e.i. the Kingdom on earth) apart from Jesus Christ or apart from the Roman Catholic Church, I assert that everyone without exception is guaranteed to inherit the abundant and everlasting God Life which includes everything happening here on earth—“Whatever you do to the least one….”

Once again, SALVATION IS WHEN ALL OF HUMANITY AGREES WITH GOD THAT THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO POSSIBILITY OF SEPARATION (EVIL/DEATH)--ALL
LIFE IS ONE AND ALL PERSONS  MUST CLING TO THAT LIFE IN ORDER TO EXIST.