The First Cause Argument

by admin on April 29, 2012

In regards to the the First Cause Argument that I initially posted in the Category on Conforming to God’s Will, I had always wondered about the struggle we humans must endure to become proficient at anything.  Basically, it states that in any human action that takes place, there are two authors; the man’s will to act; God who creates the action.  You can click on the link to read the whole article, however, I’ll summarize the key points here to set the foundation for the point I’d like to make.

  1. Nothing can happen in this world unless God wills it; this excludes, however, sin.
  2. Even all punitive evils and hardships come from the hand of God.  See Ecclus. 11: 14
  3. God is the Author and the First Cause of all human movements and actions.
  4. Humans are the author of the sinful will to act.
  5. All human actions, in and of themselves, are not evil.  Only the will can be evil.  (I know.  Read the link above)

So, after taking a while to accept the First Cause argument, I started to wonder about a lot of different things.  Why, for example, does a baby move so awkwardly?  After all, if God is the person who is causing the little baby to move and wiggle around like that, why doesn’t He just cause it to move gracefully instead?  This is really interesting, right?  Knowing that God is all wise I assume that there has to be all sorts of different reasons why we aren’t good at something right away like the angels are.

One of the recurring thoughts I have just occurred to me this morning as to the “Why” of the human struggle to become proficient at something.  I recalled this morning a line from Sister Faustina’s diary, “Divine Mercy In My Soul.”  To summarize, Jesus told Sister Faustina that it was not the results that He was pleased with, but the struggle to achieve the results that He was so please with.  After all, was not one of His exhortations “Pick up Thy Cross.”  A conclusion that can be drawn from this is that since God does not cause us to be immediately proficient in our actions and that He is pleased with the struggles and efforts needed to become proficient at things then the First Cause Argument implies that we have quite a burden of responsibility laid upon us to to try harder to do well at our tasks and responsibilities.

I think this is why so many of the saints worked so hard; were so tidy and clean; were so organized; etc.

Here’s another thought to add some weight to all of this.  It is theologically correct to say that Jesus could have saved us from our sins had he died as an infant.  This did not happen, however.  What did happen is that Jesus struggled throughout His entire life in poverty and hardship.  He “grew in stature and wisdom” – Luke 2:52.  St. Joseph taught Him how to become a carpenter.  He was a man “accustomed to infirmity.”  (Can’t find the bible quote)  The point is, that Jesus lead His life in such a way so as to be a role model for us in the practice of perfection.

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