Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The Six Days: Old and New - Part 2

Meanwhile, I believe we must work while it is still daylight - because when night comes, no one can work! Modern man has falsified this saying of Our Lord - or at least so it seems, because, due to electricity, he has turned night into day, and even doing violence to his created nature, he forces himself to earn money - 24 hrs a day! This kind of violence to the created nature of things is - I submit - the real evil that E. Michael Jones and others should be lamenting. As it is, they fail to expose the real evil - which is a technology based on the false ideology of evolutionary progress. It implies, following the new system of Sir Francis Bacon, that all "progress" is intrinsically good if it "benefits mankind". It fails to recognize that some goods are only seemingly, or apparently good. They are not really good, which is to say, according to the Order of Creation. There is all of moral theology - which must always look upward to the higher sciences of dogma and doctrine in the Order of Creation: the Metaphysics of the Cosmos and Theology. All of this strongly implies what I would like to be able - fully to demonstrate, namely: the physical, metaphysical and theological necessity for the literal Six Days of Genesis One.

The Book of Foundations, Genesis, especially chapters 1-3 and then, for history, 1-11, simply must be taken literally if we are to keep in touch with Reality. Now what is absolutely necessary about this First Law is, that all the matter that ever was or ever will be in existence, was created by God on Day One of the First Week of the World! And this First Day was the First Day of all Time. Time began with the first instant of this First Day. It is absolutely impossible that all the matter/energy of the Universe should or could be created over the eons of time - postulated by the evolutionists. In the case of their scenario, matter is still being created and destroyed - in violation of their own First Law. But matter/energy, in however great or small an amount, without the Form of some Being, is but a mathematical abstraction. If all the matter/energy of the Universe is contained in an existing Body, it is not only possible - but absolutely necessary that it be that of a Body created whole and entire - in its total Substantial Being, and that it be a finite being with Time as one of its necessary properties. This is exactly what God has revealed in Genesis One.

In the Beginning (Time) - God created the Heaven(s) and the Earth. And the Earth was void and empty, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God moved over the waters. And God said: "Be light made." And light was made. And God saw the light - that it was good, and He divided the light from the darkness. And He called the light Day, and the darkness Night; and there was evening and morning, One Day. (Genesis 1:1-5.) The first five verses of Genesis One tell us all that God did on Day One, the first day of the world, the very same Day-time when History began.

And does not Our Divine Lord relate Himself as God - directly to this First Day of all days, Day One, when He says in the person of St. John: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him, was made nothing that was made." (John 1:1-3) Then in the same Gospel, Chapter 8, Our Divine Lord identifies Himself to the wicked Pharisees who asked: "Who art Thou?" Jesus said to them: "The Beginning Who speak unto you"...And later on, to these same unbelieving Pharisees: "Amen, Amen, I say to you, before Abraham was made, I am" (John 8:25 and 58). Of course, when He says "I am" - He is identifying Himself with the Father and the Holy Spirit, who said to Moses: "I am Who am" (Exodus 3:14) Nor should we omit the powerful testimony of St. Paul in Colossians, speaking of Our Divine Lord Jesus Christ:

"Who is the Image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For in Him were all things heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominations, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and in Him. And He is before all, and by Him, all things endure. And He is the Head of the Body, the Church, who is the Beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things, He may hold the primacy" ...(Colossians, 1:15-19)

And I cannot refrain here from quoting the Collect for the Ninth Prophecy of the Easter Vigil:

"Almighty and eternal God, Who art wonderful in the dispensation of all Thy Works, let thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed, understand that the creation of the world in the beginning - WAS NOT A MORE EXCELLENT THING THAN THE IMMOLATION OF CHRIST ON PASSOVER AT THE END OF TIME.."
(Page 600 in the 1951 edition of the St. Andrew Daily Missal, with Vespers for Sundays and Feasts.) 
The Ninth Prophecy is Exodus 12:1-11, an elaborate direction on how to prepare and consume the Paschal Lamb. How have the modernists missed such an evident downplaying of Creation in comparison with the Immolation of the real Lamb of God on the Cross? But I must return to the purpose of these last papers which is to demonstrate the physical, metaphysical and theological necessity for the Six Days of Genesis One as literal - 24 hour Days constituting the first week of the world and thus re-inforcing Exodus 20: 9 &11.

But I see that I can return to my main purpose by answering the question I just posed. The reason why...though there are several - but I suggest the main reason is exactly the answer Hugo of St. Victor gave when he said that the two most important and indispensable events in the history of the world - or that all of history revolves around these two events - Creation and the Incarnation. These two events - really, each is a sum of Acts -- are complete in themselves. This means that Creation is a complete event, although continued by transmission of Substantial Forms in the Order of Generation, and the Incarnation as one infinite Act begun at the Annunciation and completed at the Ascension, but continuing in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - the Great Immolation as the collect specifies.

Now in both of these infinite acts - Creation and Incarnation - it is the completed act and its continuation in time - still as Act - that is most significant. It is the Unchanging Act as Form that continues - while in the Order of Generation, minor changes occur, but all the while - the Order of Creation, given in the Six Days - all Six of them - is preserved intact and un-changed.

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