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神學教授Stackhouse: 上帝不是我的一切,也不能滿足我一切需要

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Actually, No, You Are NOT “My Everything”

Robert Louis Wilken’s magisterial study of The Spirit of Early Christian Thought concludes, as it ought, with the highest of concerns among the Fathers: love of God. Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine of Hippo, Maximus the Confessor—they all tell us to “transfer our whole longing to God” (Maximus)….

We need God, yes, but we also need a lot of other things, too: oxygen, atmospheric pressure, gravity, water, food, human company, purpose, work, recreation, and more. The latter are all gifts of God, to be sure, but they are not simply God. God is not our everything, even as “every good and perfect gift comes from above” (James 1:17)….

No “God of the Gaps”…in Life

All I’m saying is that it is untrue to Scripture and to psychology to tell people with empty relational “niches” in their lives that God will fill them, or even that other people can fill them, without deficit. There is a deficit if you’re missing a lost child, if you’re wanting a husband, if you’re wishing for a friend who really likes you. And to tell people to “just have faith” and “trust the Lord” and “let God be your everything” is to blame the victim for a problem he or she perhaps desperately wants solved in the only way it can be: with the right sort of person in the right sort of relationship.

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