Rejecting the truth
The mystery of iniquity, the forsaking of God, has, according to the words of St. Paul's letter, a well- defined inner structure and dynamic sequence: ' the wicked one will appear, who raises himself above every so called God or object of worship to enthrone himself in God's sanctuary and flaunts the claim that he is God' (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)
Here we find an inner structure of negation, of the uprooting of God from people's hearts and the forsaking of God by human society: and all this with the aim, as is commonly said, of a full 'humanization' of the human being - that is to say, of making the human person human in the full sense and , in a certain way, putting the human being in the place of God, thus 'deifying' humanity. this structure, of course, is very ancient; it has been known since the beginning of the world, from the first chapter of Genesis; I mean the temptation to confer the Creator's 'divinity' on human beings (made in God's image and likeness), to take God's place, with the 'divinization' of humanity against God or without God, as is clear from the atheistic statements of many of today's systems.
Those who reject the fundamental truth of things, who set themselves up as a yardstick for everything, and thus put themselves in God's place; who more or less consciously think they can do without God, the Creator of the world or without Christ, the Redeemer of the human race; who instead of seeking God run back to idols, will always turn their backs on the one supreme and fundamental truth.
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