✟ God the Creator ✟
The Divine Act of Creation
|Revealed Truth (Defined Dogma)
The world was created for the glorification of God.
|Lay Catechist Notes|
Because God derives no real benefit from His created things, creation itself is meant to manifest His Divine perfections and the glory (of God) which naturally springs from this perfection.
|Divine Revelation (Scriptural Proof)|
- 2The heavens shew forth the glory of God, and the firmament declareth the work of his hands. (Psalms 18:2)
- 36For of him, and by him, and in him, are all things: to him be glory for ever. Amen. (Romans 11:36)
|Catechism of the Catholic Church|
- 293 Scripture and Tradition never cease to teach and celebrate this fundamental truth: "The world was made for the glory of God." St. Bonaventure explains that God created all things "not to increase his glory, but to show it forth and to communicate it", for God has no other reason for creating than his love and goodness: "Creatures came into existence when the key of love opened his hand." The First Vatican Council explains:
This one, true God, of his own goodness and "almighty power", not for increasing his own beatitude, nor for attaining his perfection, but in order to manifest this perfection through the benefits which he bestows on creatures, with absolute freedom of counsel "and from the beginning of time, made out of nothing both orders of creatures, the spiritual and the corporeal. . ."
- 294 The glory of God consists in the realization of this manifestation and communication of his goodness, for which the world was created. God made us "to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace", for "the glory of God is man fully alive; moreover man's life is the vision of God: if God's revelation through creation has already obtained life for all the beings that dwell on earth, how much more will the Word's manifestation of the Father obtain life for those who see God." The ultimate purpose of creation is that God "who is the creator of all things may at last become "all in all", thus simultaneously assuring his own glory and our beatitude."
|Ecumenical Council Documents|
- 1st General Council of the Vatican (1869)
- Canons - On God the creator of all things
- 5. If anyone does not confess that the world and all things which are contained in it, both spiritual and material, were produced, according to their whole substance, out of nothing by God; or holds that God did not create by his will free from all necessity, but as necessarily as he necessarily loves himself; or denies that the world was created for the glory of God: let him be anathema.
|Fathers and Doctors of the Church Documents|
- Summa Theologica - Work of Six Days (1265) - The Highest Study of God - Thomas Aquinas
- "Whether Corporeal Things Were Made on Account of God's Goodness?"
- Furthermore, the entire universe, with all its parts, is ordained towards God as its end, inasmuch as it imitates, as it were, and shows forth the Divine goodness, to the glory of God. Reasonable creatures, however, have in some special and higher manner God as their end, since they can attain to Him by their own operations, by knowing and loving Him. Thus it is plain that the Divine goodness is the end of all corporeal things.