There are thousands of religions on this planet named Earth, and many of those religions worship countless false gods and/or idols. However, Catholics are a monotheistic people; they believe in and worship the one and only, all-powerful being. This being is comprised of three distinct natures: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. These three, although distinct from one another, come together collectively in one Divine Person known as the Trinity, or God. God is the ultimate creator of all things. When these things, namely the human race, began their sinning ways, they were in dire need of a Savior. These wretched ways are expressed in St. Athanasius’ book On the Incarnation. Because of His loving nature, though, God came down in a human configuration through His Son, Jesus Christ, so that all might be spared from death and share in His salvation and eternal life.
When God constructed the human race, He had in mind wondrous intentions for them. However, when Adam and Eve, symbolizing humanity, turned away from God, He was forced to punish them; that punishment is Original Sin. Original Sin made humans liable to death (Athanasius 7). Mankind continued their iniquitous ways, and very soon they learned of the destruction they were causing in their lives. What options did God have? Certainly, He could not just destroy the humans, for they were fashioned in the likeness of God Himself, and He could not simply decimate his creation (Athanasius 6). Repentance would not do either because through it the humans might return to their corruption, and it does not recall men from what is according to their nature (Athanasius 6).
The human race owed a debt that had to be paid, and they paid that debt through death (Athanasius 16). In order to trump the death that humans had caused, God needed to prevail over it in one way or another, however it may be. God clearly could not enter into death in order to eradicate it. He was, and still is, eternal and infinite; He cannot perish. Because of this, He was in need of a form that was capable of dying for the salvation of humanity and one in which humans could understand. God had but one choice. He had to send down a Savior in order to save man from the death they had brought into the world.
“Therefore He assumed a human body, in order that in it death might once for all be destroyed” (Athanasius 12). The human race was in urgent need of salvation from the Almighty God the Father in order to destroy death, and that is why He materialized on this marvelous planet as a man. There are specific reasons, though, why the Good Lord decided to lay down His life in the form of a human instead of another form. First, and foremost, as previously stated, God came in the form of a human simply because the human body could die, something God could not do in His Divine entity. Through dying in a human body, God could eliminate the death that the human race had brought into existence.
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