The Lord would not only love his creation as a father, but he would enter in his creation, emptying himself, hiding himself, as if he were not God but a creature.  Why should he do this?  Because he loved his creatures, and because he could not bear that his creatures should merely adore him as distant, remote, transcendent and all powerful.  This was not the glory that he sought, for if he were merely adored as great, his creatures would in their turn make themselves great and lord it over one another.  For where there is a great God, then there are also God-like men, who make themselves kings and masters.  And if God were merely a great artist who took pride in his creation, then men too would build cities and palaces and exploit other men for their own glory.  This is the meaning of the myth of Babel, and of the tower builders who would be “as Gods” with their hanging gardens, and with the heads of their enemies hanging in the gardens.  For they would point to God and say: “He too is a great builder, and has destroyed all his enemies.”
God Lives With Us
by Thomas Merton
[From Thomas Merton.  A New Directions Book, (c) 1961 by the Abbey of Gethsemane, Inc., pages 292-293.]
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Published:  10-26-2001