The Ocean of God’s Creative Love (II)

St. Isaac of Nineveh, a Christian mystical theologian of the 7th Century,  who wonderfully paints for us a vivid mural of the ocean of God’s love for us.   In my previous blog, The Ocean of God’s Creative Love (I), we encountered one such portrait of the vastness of God’s love.  St. Isaac uses the image of the ocean to give us a sense of the depth and great expanse of God’s love.   Had he lived in the modern world, he might have appealed to the infinite space of the cosmos.   Here is another quote where he broadens our minds in understanding God’s love.  For God who is love, does not withhold His love from His creatures.  God’s infinite love fills every moment; a drop of God’s love  is no less than the ocean of His love.

“In love did He bring the world into existence;  in love does He guide it during this its temporal existence; in love is He going to bring it to that wondrous transformed state, and in love will the world be swallowed  up in the great mystery of Him who has performed all these things; in love will the whole course of the governance of creation be finally comprised.

And since in the New World the Creator’s love rules over all rational nature, the wonder at His mysteries that will be revealed (then) will captivate to itself the intellect of (all) rational beings whom He has created so that they might have delight in Him, whether they be evil or whether they be just.  With this design did He bring them into existence, even though they among themselves have made, after their coming into being, this distinction between the just and the wicked.

Even though this is so, nevertheless in the Creator’s design there is none, from among all who were created and who have come into being – that is, every rational nature – who is to the front or to the back of (God’s) love.  Rather, He has a single equal love which covers the whole extent of rational creation, all things whether visible or invisible: there is no first place or last place with Him in (this) love for any single one of them, as I have said. … there is no before or after in His love towards them: no greater or lesser amount (of love) is to be found with Him at all.

Rather, just like the continual equality of His knowledge, so too is the continual equality of His love; for He knew them (all) before they (ever) become just or sinners.  The Creator and His love did not change because they underwent change after He had brought them into being, nor does His purpose which exists eternally (change).  And if it were otherwise, He would be subject to change just as created beings are – a shocking idea. …  But we know that everyone is agreed to this, that there is no change, or any earlier and later intentions, with the Creator: there is no hatred or resentment in His nature, no greater or lesser (place) in His love, no before or after in His knowledge.

For if it is believed by everyone that the creation came into existence as a result of the Creator’s goodness and love, (then) we know that this (original) cause does not ever diminish or change in the Creator’s nature as a result of the disordered course of creation.”   (THE SECOND PART, pp 160-161)