This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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The eternal sacrifice of God

There is a metaphysical foundation that permits us to understand why Christ “had to die,” and why we say that Christ’s death and resurrection brought about the Redemption of “the world.” This foundation lies in the fact all that is said about Christ as a historical actor is also true about God as a cosmic actor. In other words, we cannot image this “redemptive sacrifice” as if it were something that took place in history that nullified something that took place on the cosmic level. They must be imagined as operating in parallel, the sacrifice of Christ making present in history the metaphysical sacrifice of God.

In the language of all Traditional religions, we can speak of creation as a kind of sacrifice on the part of God. It is his “humiliation,” in the way that we say that Christ “humbled” or “emptied” himself to become man. In the same way, God as creator both empties and humbles himself in order to create, and creation is a kind of “sacrifice” already.

Think of it in this way: God is Absolute. He is not “relative” to anything, but when he creates he lowers himself a degree and becomes a kind of “relative absolute.” His relation to an “other” is his denigration and it is this sacrifice that permits us to speak of love. Christ is the “first-born of all creation,” and so it is Christ whom the Father loves most and through Christ alone can we approach the Father, and Christ, being the principle of creation, is first and foremost the sacrifice of the Creator. “It is in Him that all things have been created, in heaven and on earth, things visible and invisible…and all things subsist in Him” (Col. 1:18-19) and so it follows that “there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved,” for “I am come from the Father and to the Father I return.” By becoming one with Christ via the ritual participation in his Sacrifice, we become fellow travelers able to cross the supernatural bridge that he constructed.

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