By Professor Vincent Brümmer
Introduces the doctrines of Atonement, Christology and the Trinity and proposes a reinterpretation within the mild of the declare of many Christian mystics that final happiness is to be present in having fun with a loving fellowship of God.
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I take on the obligation to serve you in order to earn the right to your serving me. Such tacit agreements come to grief when one of us fails to fulfil his or her obligations towards the other. When I damage your interests by not serving them in the way I am obliged to do under the tacit agreement, you can respond in various ways. You might decide to dispense with my services and find somebody else who can serve your interests better. After all, you are not interested in me but only in my services.
Ultimate Happiness and Fellowship with God 37 and we remain unhappy in life because we become estranged from God. We fail to identify with God in love by making his will our own. The result is that the will of God remains for us no more than an external duty that we fulfil because we must and not because we want to. We are therefore unable to choose authentically to do the will of God. Like the prodigal son we leave the Father’s house and go to a distant country where we try to ‘do our own thing’.
5). 18). 37). Since our human ‘riches and fame’ are finite and since we know that they can be taken from us although we wish to keep and cherish them, they cannot provide us with ultimate happiness. ), The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, vol. IV, (Grand Rapids, MI, 1979). For an extended discussion on Augustine’s views on the love of God, see my The Model of Love, ch. 5. Ultimate Happiness and Fellowship with God 27 love of God since that cannot be taken from us against our will. 5 This Augustinian view on ultimate happiness is also reflected in the way in which Christian mystics like Bernard of Clairvaux understood the unio mystica, the mystic union with God that is the goal of the mystic’s life.