NOTHING GOES TO WASTE
Philosophy- Philo: greek word meaning love Sophia: greek word meaning wisdom
Wisdom is not a what, it is a who. Wisdom is not merely points of knowledge that one gains through empirical investigation and then over time learns to apply that knowledge through sage reasoning. Wisdom is someone. Christ Jesus is called by the apostle Paul the “wisdom of God unto salvation”. Also in Proverbs 8, Wisdom was with God at creation. It is through Wisdom that all creation finds its ontological status. God is benevolent and works for our ultimate good. In an epistle to the Romans the apostle Paul writes:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestined, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
“All things”. How can cancer, murder, rape, war, disease or even ultimate death be working for our good? How can an omnipotent benevolent God allow or even cause these things to happen? God in his omnipotent benevolence has given his creation a free will to choose. For to not grant free will would be to violate his creation and this would contradict his benevolent nature. It is we who have violated God in not honoring Him or his creation. It is we who rape, murder, and destroy with war. We who are made in the “likeness of God” that bring dishonor to Him. So what about the aspects of life that are outside the will of man? What about disease and “acts of God”? Ultimately these things will cause suffering and end in death. So how is God using these things for our ultimate good? We often see suffering and death as senseless. Because we cannot see the purpose to these aspects of life so we deem them senseless. Ultimately we suffer for our sanctification as well as others. My suffering helps me to sympathize with others as well as humble myself. No one wants to be humbled, but humility helps one to become gentle and show love to others. So, what about death? Death is the ultimate end to all humans. Even Christ died. It is through death that we are able to pass on into new life. It is through Christ’s death that he gave us the ability to have new life. Like a seed that must first die before it can take on its new form, so we too must die before we can take on our new form.
In the book of Acts there is an account of two apostles that after being imprisoned and beaten rejoice at the fact that they were considered worthy to suffer for the name of Christ.
Act 5:40-41- They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.
Only those who love and seek for Wisdom can truly rejoice in suffering. Nothing goes to waste even our suffering and death.
For the Philosophy assignment I am proposing a form made from one single material source with as little to no waste as humanly possible. The form will be that of a wooden bench as well as an embossing from the wood of the bench. The paper that the embossing is on will be made from shavings taken from the wood. My fascination and love of wood is evident in the handling of the material as subject matter and the presentation of the wood itself as the object to observe as an “art object”. It is also the functional object that is presented along with the art object. There is a conversation between the two pieces of which is the greater. Is it the functional or formal, the two dimensional or the three dimensional, or is it the form or the material that is the greater or lesser. Or is it all these things working together for the whole to make it what it is. It is Wisdom’s love for us that forms us into what we are and will be. While all along nothing is going to waste.