THE SALVIFIC CHARACTER OF LAW: AN HISTORICALOVERVIEW
Fr. Thomas Kuzhinapurath
The Christian idea of God is that of infinite goodness and holiness. Heis conceived as the Creator of all reality other than Himself. Thus the origin of each and every existence is understood as by an act of creation by God. Thuswrites St. Ephraem of Nisibis, It is You, who fashioned the dust at the beginning in Your mercy, and it is You who have conferred upon it Your gift inlove. It is You, O Good One, who have created Adam, even though You knewthat he would be ungrateful and go astray: You fashioned him nevertheless, sothat You might make him victorious."
And the whole existence is positivelyconceived as meaningful and worthy of love. The Christian conception humanexistence, however, is that of a certain finite nature. Says Karl Rahner,“Moreover there is in man, and consequently in the world, the mystery of sinand guilt, and consequently of evil and the absurd.”
Here we can see a certainincompatibility between the conception of the ultimate Goodness of God, thecreator and the limitation of man, the crown of God's creation. And it leads usto a genuine conception of the salvific will of God. Here God gave thehumanity the commandments in order to lead it to its eternal destiny.
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RAHNER, “Salvation”, 405.