Patricia Hofer

The relationship of God and Christ

In Mere Christianity, “Is Christianity Hard or Easy,” CS Lewis refers to the effect relationship between Christ and the natural world when he writes, “It says in the Bible that the whole universe was made for Christ and that everything is to be gathered together in Him.”

George MacDonald ties the whole concept together with these words: “God could not love, could not be love, without making things to love: Jesus has God to love; the love of the Son is responsive to the love of the Father. The response to self-existent love is self-abnegating love. The refusal of himself is that in Jesus which corresponds to the creation of God…. It is not the fact that God is all in all, that unites the universe; it is the love of the Son to the Father. For of no onehood comes unity; there can be no oneness where there is only one. For the very beginnings of unity there must be two. Without Christ, therefore, there could be no universe. (George MacDonald, Unspoken Sermons, “The Creation in Christ,” Series III)

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