Monday, April 14, 2008

Poll-Release Monday #48

After another long haitus (what can I say, school is inhumane right now), here is this week's new poll question:

True or false?: It is appropriate for man to "bless" God.
Admittedly, I didn't know the answer to this question, so it will be interesting to see how people vote. See the poll in my sidebar.

As for the previous poll, here are the results:
  • True or false? It is better that the universe be destroyed than that one sin be committed.
    • False: 32 (56%)
    • True: 25 (44%)
According to the USCCB's Quiz on the Catechism, the answer is: True. It cites, as validation for this answer, Article 1488 from the Catechism:
  • 1488 To the eyes of faith no evil is graver than sin and nothing has worse consequences for sinners themselves, for the Church, and for the whole world.
Christina left a good comment regarding this question:
  • If it were true then God would have destroyed the Universe shortly after creating it, or not created Adam & Eve, or destroyed it shortly thereafter. Also, if it were true then destroying human life wouldn't be an evil since you were preventing sin.
Personally, I don't know what I think, but then again, I'm probably brain-fried from pulling an all-nighter last night. Destroying the entire universe seems like an extreme way to prove a point, I know that much. Anyway, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Pax Christi,
phatcatholic

5 comments:

japhy said...

CCC 1488: "To the eyes of faith no evil is graver than sin and nothing has worse consequences for sinners themselves, for the Church, and for the whole world."

I think the USCCB quiz took that and ran with it; its answer assumes that since "no evil is greater than sin and nothing has worse consequences", there could be no good great enough to balance out or even overcome the evil of sin!

I don't think the USCCB quiz got it right this time.

No Fluff Required said...

A few humble thoughts...not at all original with me...a new-comer to your blog.

"Bless the Lord, Oh my soul; and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, Oh my soul, and forget none of His benefits."

Psalm 103:1,2

It is implied, by David, that all blessings come from the Lord as benefits to us and we return them to Him in honor of His holy Name.

commenting on the above comment:
"there could be no good great enough to balance out or even overcome the evil of sin!"

Absolutely this is true based on Scripture, as it pertains to sinful mankind in relation to goodness. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Romans 3:24

But in Christ, the righteous it is made false:
"Christ is the Just and the Justifier" Romans 3:26

He is the One who blesses, He, Himself is the blessing, and is to be blessed.

He is the only good One, the only One who can give goodness, to those who then use their goodness for Him.

No Fluff Required said...

In response to Christina's comment:

God is justified in killing mankind because He is just and our sin has earned death for us.
"The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23

We are not justified in killing our neighbor because we are as worthy of death as they are because of our own sin. And because murder has been called sin by God in Deuteronomy 5:17

He would have been justified in destroying the Universe, He could have....

or He could have sent His Son to purchase us back and therein display His grace and provide eternal life to unworthy sinners like me.

phatcatholic said...

Great comments! Thank you!!

Jwoo said...

I think that Article 1488 being cited may be done so to show us the gravity of sin in our lives, in the Chruch and in the whole world. With the passion, death and ressurection of our Lord sin has been conquered. Not the ability to sin, (and therefor wound our relationship with God), but the ability for us to sin and therefor to continue to wound God's love for us. It's the same eternal love that prevents God from destroying the world, not because we deserve it but that is just how awesome His love is.
To say that it is better that the universe be destroyed is perhaps an allusion to the graveness of our acts of rebellion against the eternal love of the Father.

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