Sunday, January 17, 2010

Clay IV.8

Luther's compelling thought that he was "nothing" in relation to the grandeur of God. Accepting such a thought also means that God's redeeming love is given to nothing. And what does accepting that mean?

Under such a theological dispensation, God's love for man is beyond mystery: it is a love for nothingness. God's love for man is comprehensible only if man in his own right has being, and if man's soul, in its ground, has something of God's essence in it. To say this is not to say that men are gods or that men can become gods. It is only to say that there is something of God in us, something eternal and indestructible, something at the root of us that means, first, that we exist somehow "in God's image," and, second, that we are somehow worthy of God's love.

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