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Whether mans happiness consists in any bodily good?
« Reply #15 on: March 01, 2014, 05:31:46 PM »
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    Thank you so much MyTruePower!  I appreciate that.  I want to learn.  But no one seems to want to discuss his articles.

    I you assume you agree (hopefully this does not scandalize anyone) that Satan is good in that he exists and was created by God, but that he only does evil (evil is the only thing he does) and never does good.  Can I have worded that more precisely?  


    You've conveyed the idea well enough.

    Yes, I basically agree.  Existence itself is a good thing, so insofar as Satan exists, he has at least one good thing about him.  However, Satan never -chooses- good over evil.  That seems to make sense to me.  As I see it, we have essentially three possibly options.

    1. Agreeing with Saint Thomas Aquinas that Satan's existence is a good thing in itself (insofar as existence is good by its nature.)

    2. Denying that existence is a good thing (in which case it would be hard to explain how God can exist, if existence is a bad thing to have in itself.)

    3. Denying the existence of Satan.

    Of these three options, needless to say, I think the first presents the fewest problems.


    Thank you MyTruePower2.
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    Whether mans happiness consists in any bodily good?
    « Reply #16 on: March 01, 2014, 05:33:36 PM »
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    Also, thank you for this in particular.  This is an extraordinary trait, and one of the most important, I think, in this age of the internet, where knowledge is so available to us.

    I remember about four years ago, I was under the impression that the faith was full of self-contradictory claims, but I wanted to learn how those claims had been defended, in the past, if at all, and that's what lead me to the Summa to begin with.

    Saint Thomas Aquinas had perhaps a bigger effect on me than any other person, living or dead.  His coherent answers and explanations saved me from over ten years of very unpleasant agnosticism.  I owe him a ton.


    He will Catholicize your intellect!  There is no doubt about that!!!
    "I receive Thee, redeeming Prince of my soul. Out of love for Thee have I studied, watched through many nights, and exerted myself: Thee did I preach and teach. I have never said aught against Thee. Nor do I persist stubbornly in my views. If I have ever expressed myself erroneously on this Sacrament, I submit to the judgement of the Holy Roman Church, in obedience of which I now part from this world." Saint Thomas Aquinas the greatest Doctor of the Church


     

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