things represent his will, then whatever is, is right. But this too is hasty. Of course even the evil will is not independent of God, but lives and moves and has its being in and through the divine. But through its mysterious power of self-hood and self-determination the evil will is able to assume an attitude of hostility to the divine law, which forthwith vindicates itself by appropriate reactions.
?These reactions are not divine in the highest or ideal sense. They represent nothing, which God desires or in which he delights; but they are divine in the sense that they are things to be done under the circumstances. The divine reaction in the case of the good is distinct from the divine reaction against evil. Both are divine as representing God?s action, but only the former is divine in the sense of representing God?s approval and sympathy. All things serve, said Spinoza. The good serve, and are furthered by their service. The bad also serves and are used up in the serving. According to Jonathan Edwards, the wicked are useful ?in being acted upon and disposed of.? As vessels of dishonor? they may reveal the majesty of God. There is nothing therefore in the divine immanence, in its only tenable form, to cancel moral distinctions or to minify retribution. The divine reaction against iniquity is even more solemn in this doctrine. The besetting God is the eternal and inescapable environment; and only as we are in harmony with him can there be any peace...What God thinks of sin, and what his will is concerning it can be plainly seen in the natural consequences which attend it...In law itself we are face to face within God; and natural consequences bare a supernatural meaning.?
4. Since Christ is the Logos of God, the immanent God, God revealed in Nature, in Humanity, in Redemption, Ethical Monism recognizes the universe as created, upheld, and governed by the same Being who in the course of history was manifest in human form and who made atonement for human sin by his death on Calvary. The secret of the universe and the key to its mysteries are to be found in the Cross.
<430101> John 1:1-4 (margin), 14, 18 ? ?In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him; and without him was not any thing made. That which hath been made was life in him; and the life was the light of men... And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us... No man hath seen God at ant time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.? <510116>Colossians 1:16,17 ? ?for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him and
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