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Protopresbyter Michael Pomazansky
Orthodox dogmatic theology

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The motive for the creation.

Concerning the motive for the creation in the mind of God, the Orthodox Confession and

the Longer Orthodox Catechism express it thus: The world was created by God “so that other

beings glorifying Him, might be participants of His goodness.” The idea of the mercy and goodness

of God, as expressed in the creation of the world, is to be found in many Psalms, such asPsalms 102 and 103 (“Bless the Lord, O my soul”), which call on one to glorify the Lord and

give thanks for one's existence and for all of God's providence. The same thoughts are expressed

by the Fathers of the Church. Blessed Theodoret writes, “The Lord God has no need of anyone

to praise Him; but by His goodness alone He granted existence to angels, archangels, and the

whole creation.” Further, “God has need of nothing; but He, being an abyss of goodness,

deigned to give existence to things which did not exist.” St. John Damascene says (as we have

just seen), “The good and transcendentally good God was not content to contemplate Himself,

but by a superabundance of goodness saw fit that there should be some things to benefit by and

participate in His goodness.”




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