Thursday, January 07, 2010

Why Faith is Good

The dichotomy between good and evil is in no way arbitrary; it must be understood in terms of being and corruption of being. Now information is the basis for the decisions we make, but we have a problem. God alone posses the information necessary to make an exhaustively informed decision. All other intelligent beings, even angels, make decisions based on limited knowledge except via participation in the divine essence, i.e. the beatific vision.

This lack of knowledge is the cause of our ability to make an incorrect decision (sin). A child lacks the information to choose between candy and a vegetable. As far as he can tell, the candy is the correct choice. But unless he, by faith, trusts in one more knowledgeable than him, e.g. a parent, then he will make the wrong choice. Likewise, so long as creatures do not fully participate in the perfect knowledge of the Creator via the Beatific Vision, faith is necessary to make the correct decision.

It is clear from the above that to lack faith is an evil because creatures inherently lack perfect knowledge and to make a false choice is evil. Therefore faith is a good. As it is written, "The just shall live by faith."

No comments: