Jesus showed us both sides of the coin of truth, presenting on one side the loving Father image and on the other, the murderous primeval image within mankind. Jesus contrasts the teaching He receives from His Father with the teachings the Pharisees receive from their father. Jesus and the Pharisees converse:
“You are doing the works of your own father.”
Then they said to him, “We are not illegitimate children; the only father we have is God himself.”
“If God were your Father, you would love me, for I come from God. I have not come of my own; God sent me. Why do you not understand what I am saying? Because you are unable to hear my word. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Preston Harold elaborates:
Here, Jesus takes man back to the first murderer, to the evasive Cain, traces of whose blood runs in the veins of Homo sapiens. But from whence did this blood come? Whatever man expresses or is must have its root in God, for if he received his being, his good from the hand of God, so too he received from the same source, the only source, his evil.
So God is the cause of moral evil? No, but He does bear ultimate responsibility, for it is His creation after all! In what way does God bear responsibility?
What makes of the murderer a liar, or vice versa, and how could this stem from God? The answer rests in the concept of The Absolute. Before creation was, God must be seen as The Absolute. The Absolute (however) is now seen to be evil.
In the words of Meir Ben-Horin:
The twentieth century has seen the Absolute as the Terror. Henceforth the loyalties of enlightened mankind will go out to the religions that can help them to overcome the absolute and thus to achieve a fuller manifestation of the promise that inheres in existence, in intelligence and in love.
Any form of fundamentalism cannot be this religion, as can be observed especially in radical Islam where Allah is taken to be absolutely absolute. This Allah is a complete dictator, and those who serve him certainly believe that they are doing “the will of their father” in serving him and his commands absolutely. This absolutism is certainly one way to understand God, although the fruits don’t seem to serve creation in a faithful way. In the next post we will look at the possible cure for the “God as Absolute” delusion. Until then, peace…