God of No Sin


Jawanza James Williams, Texas Writer
Jawanza James Williams, Texas Writer

Ideas that rise about the sanctity of God are always contentious hot topics for casual to vehement argumentation on the existence and more importantly role or state of God in relation to his “goodness.” The notion introduced by Thomas Aquinas that God cannot sin is an interesting concept that makes particular implications of God’s nature; and it ultimately calls to question whether God, being a god that not chooses but by his very nature cannot sin, is morally praiseworthy.

Aquinas holds that because God’s goodness comes naturally, he is worthy of praise. This is a ridiculous idea simply because it undermines the infinite scope of God’s potential. Aquinas is saying, by default, that God is limited to being a “good” God, which in and of itself is a mortal construction because, as it normally goes colloquially, “what’s good to us may not be good to God and vice versa.” God is not confined to the binary assumptions that Aquinas or any individual may propose and with the might of volumes of words and months of agonizing contemplation can generate. God is not simple a purely good being, he is an ultimate being that consciously chooses to be a purely good god.

Entertain for a moment the notion that God is held by the binary assumptions that Aquinas chains him to. You must assume that God is limited in his scope of influence or that God does not breach the ideas of what is clearly good and bad to human understanding based off potentially erroneous interpretations of the biblical texts. This does not allow God to be praise-worthy by being naturally good because what is “good” will never be definitively understood.

By choosing to do good God is morally praiseworthy because it is an example to the human race. The idea that God is not limited to being only good, reminds the human of Gods perfection, in being able to be all things but choosing to be good. By choosing to be a God that has the potentiality to be a negative god but being inclined and choosing to be a good God is what makes God praiseworthy.

In retrospect, God is morally praiseworthy because as mentioned before, God intentionally is God. The notion that God is naturally good is a valid one, however, that God is bound to do good because that is his nature limits him and ultimately de-god’s him. To limit the power of the ultimate power is to pervert his existence. Even if it is much more comfortable for people to believe that God is good and only does good because he is limited by his nature is faulty because it unravels what makes God what he is.

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gzbraniac 5 years ago from San Clemente, CA

So thought provoking! Good to know that people are still trying to know who God is and faithfully interpreting His word.

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