In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be…(and as God said, so, all came to be)…And God saw that (all) was good (Genesis 1.1-4; summarizing, with my parenthetical additions and emphases, Genesis 1.1-31)
The Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being (Genesis 2.7; my emphasis)
So, the Hebrew poet, awestruck in contemplation,
perceived, believed, knew as true
that God’s Breath birthed the creation.
For, as the Divine Word (logos)
e’er is the animating Power of the universe,
as God spake
so, blew the wind of Spirit-life,
and all that is came to be.
Sometimes, though, I wonder.
Was it through Divine tears, too
(knowing all that would come,
all that, by human hand, would become of creation),
that God, thus, made us?
Note: Theodicy, from the Greek, theos (god) + dike (right or justice), meaning, the vindication of God (the term coined in 1710 by German philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Leibnitz, 1646-1716), is that branch of theology that seeks to answer the question of how evil and suffering, indeed, the evil of suffering, whether caused by natural forces or human will, can exist in a creation formed by an omnipotent, omnibenevolent God.
Illustration: God Created Adam, William Blake (1757-1827)
2 thoughts on “A Question of Theodicy”
Thank you Paul!!! Divine tears… I’ve been thinking about that since yesterday. I absolutely wonder what God thinks about wha we’ve done to his creation… and did he know what we would do, YET he created it any way. I think back to when as a child someone destroyed one of my favorite toys or articles of clothing and I’d cry as if it was the end of the world… but it wasn’t. AND we are indeed facing the destruction of the world as we know it, thanks to our greed and our selfishness. If I were God, I’d sure be crying a lot of tears. I still have hope though that we will be able to salvage some of creation. Hopefully that would change God’s Divine tears to tears of Joy.
Loretta, for this poetic, biblical reflection, I was drawn, as I oft am, to the Creation stories of Genesis 1 and 2. I am not sure – still not sure – how the image of God’s tears arose in my mind, but it did after I, once again, reflected on the created breath (wind, Spirit, Word, logos) of God.
Know this. I pray with you, in hope, that we can salvage something of this creation.