The Confessions of Saint Augustine Summaries
Section 1We should praise God! Do we praise God or call upon God first? Similarly, do we know God or call upon God first?
- If we don't call upon God, then how does He reveal himself to us & provide us with understanding?
- If we don't know God, what if we call upon someone else?
Preacher -> Believe -> Call Upon -> Seek -> Praise
When I call upon You, how exactly do You go in me? Can my body contain the entirety of the Creator of the universe?
The bible says
- You are present in hell. (Ps 139.8)
- All things are sustained by God. (Rom 11.36)
- You fill the heaven & earth. (Jer 23.24)
Where can I be where You are not?
Are you everywhere? If so, why do I call upon You to come where You are already at?
If heaven and earth contain You*, do You overflow because You are greater than Your creation? Perhaps Your presence itself is what gives Your creation the ability to contain you! Your presence can fill a broken container because You overflow.
When you are poured onto us, you lift us up. (Acts 2:18)
Since nothing can fully contain you, does only a part of You exist in all things? Do some contain more and some contain less? Are you everywhere but nothing contains you wholly?
* Against Manichees
Who else is Lord & God but You? Merciful/Just; Unchanging/All-Changing; Ever Working/At Rest
You love & are jealous w/o being controlled by them.
You pay & remit debts w/o losing or gaining.
What can I say? I shout Your praise but caught speechless by Your majesty.