The first Commandment of God to the whole of creation is; ‘I, the LORD, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.’
This is the central and main doctrine of the Bible.
To this day the heart of, and the reason for, all Jewish worship is the cry; ‘Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.’
This great commandment, this great cry of allegiance, is also the heart of Christianity and the centre of all our worship.
The existence of the Holy Trinity was unknown in the Old Testament. (Although there were
hints or references pointing towards it.)
One of the most important revelations brought to us by Jesus of Nazareth was the existence of three distinct Persons in the One God (the Holy Trinity). Firstly, we learned something of the relationship that exists between the Three Persons. Secondly, what you might describe as the sphere of influence or speciality of each Person and thirdly, what their individual relationship with creation might be.
You might say that this pushes back slightly the cloak of mystery surrounding God the Creator.
This revelation concerning the Holy Trinity enables us to draw certain tentative conclusions.
Our God is a community or family.
The relationship within this family is one of total unity and love.
This love, of its very nature, seeks to share itself with other things. Hence creation.
The proper response of creation to this sharing must be as part of this unified community.
It always puzzled me as to why God bothered to create.
For me the answer was to be found in the relationship within the Holy Trinity Family. The internal love existing within the Holy Trinity family was such as to compel that family to share that love. True love reaches out, seeks to share that love. To reach out in love to others God had to create those others first.
St John tells us; ’We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in them.’ And again; ’For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.’
We are attracted to a family where mutual respect and love exists.
One seeks a loving couple when looking for adoptive parents.
The reason is that love tends to reach out, to share, to encompass others.
We were created because of love. We are encompassed by love. We return to the love that created us.
Religion is realising this and responding to it.