On the Liminal

June 1, 2006

We view God as omnipotent, as all-powerful. If we see that He can do anything, why are we certain to ascribe to Him the particular ability to create and destroy? In other words, if He can do anything, shouldn't we simply assume that He has the ability to create and destroy? We do we see the need to explicitly point out this particular aspect of Him, such as in the introduction of John? Why is it specifically pointed out that He is Alpha and Omega, beginning and end?

Because creation and destruction represent the most important things to us as humans. I have long said that life is a trans formative process; and our rituals tend to agree. We mark the liminal, the start and the end. We commemorate a birth, we mourn a death. Ceremonies mark present transformations and recall past transformations. Child to adult, unwed to wed, world condemned to world saved, colony to nation, winter to spring, student to alumnus.

Our rituals mark transformations -- and our marking transformations demonstrates how important to us they are. They are the main cause of our celebration and our mourning. If transformations are so central to our existence, then, is it not proper that the greatest transformations -- between that which is not and that which is -- be ascribe to God?