“Let us invoke Him as the inexpressible God, incomprehensible, invisible, and unknowable. Let us avow that He surpasses all power of human speech, that He eludes the grasp of every mortal intelligence, that the angels cannot penetrate Him, nor the seraphim see Him in full clarity, nor the cherubim fully understand Him. For He is invisible to the principalities and powers, the virtues of all creatures without exception, only the Son and the Holy Spirit know Him.” ~~St. John Chrysostom
The bible is full of images of God, and these are worthwhile I believe. We are definitional creatures. New experiences are compared and contrasted from previous ones, and thus we define the new.
But although we must in some sense do this to even talk about the Creator, we must keep always in mind that we are making poor substitutes for the reality of God.
Worse than defining God, we are prone to, based upon our definitions, speak for God. We are prone to decide what God would do, believes, would say. We take it upon ourselves to act for God. This is wrong, most of the time. It is most wrong when it results from our interpretation of written works expressing other people’s definitions of God.
If we believe that God is love, that creation is good, that it was intentional and was designed, then we can be guided by the inner light within us all. Does our belief, desire, proposed action comport with a loving God?
Thich Nhat Hanh has said that the death penalty is “a sign of weakness, an expression of our fear and inability to know what to do to help the situation. Killing a person does not help him or us. ”
The deliberate act of killing cannot come from a heart open to God’s grace. It comes only from the heart that has been taken hostage by fear and pain. We know this the moment we contemplate the issue.
It has been said that when you cannot decide between two choices, your inner feelings will guide you. Toss a coin, and when you see which side has turned upward, seek how you feel. Are you mildly unhappy or the opposite. This will tell you your heart’s desire. And heart’s desire is God’s desire. If we have to defend, explain or otherwise prove our choice, it is probably wrong.
God guides us to right action if only we listen. He does this in ways we cannot define, describe, or understand. God is too wonderful for us to define. We can only trust in his loving hand, drawing us along.