Visible/Invisible

December 20, 2018

“The world is a production of God's free will, goodness, wisdom, love and omnipotence. God did not create the world in order to satisfy some need of His. Rather He created it without compulsion and without force in order that it might enjoy His blessings and share in His goodness. God then brought all things into being out of nothing, creating both the visible and the invisible.” (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese)

 

“Things hoped for and not seen, a vision of the future, have encouraged the people of God throughout history: the invisible is often more real than the visible.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Hebrews 11:1)

 

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1). It is the essence of our hope, even though it cannot be proven by means of our physical senses. If we touch, taste, see, hear, and smell what we hope for, we have information, but not faith….In this earthly life we live on the basis of trust. We accept the fact that “the worlds were framed by the Word of God” (vs. 3), although we did not see creation occur. We perceive, rather, that the world is orderly, reliable, and consistent; we infer from things seen the “unseen” hand of God who made the world….God brought everything into being by His Word. He spoke, and it came to be. God created all things and holds everything in existence.” (Dynamis 12/20/2018)

 

“The truth is that there is an invisible world that is just as real as the visible world. There are vast numbers of angels, both good and bad—spirits that exist all around us. There are glorious beings that would take our breath away if we saw them, and there are evil beings that would horrify us if we could see them.” (Chip Ingram)

 

“The truth is that the feelings we receive from our devotional life are the least of its benefits. The invisible and unfelt grace of God is much greater, and it is beyond our comprehension.” (St. John of the Cross)

 

"So in faith we “see” the visible, and “understand” its invisible Source. Thus the visible can, in faith, be a constant reminder of the invisible; In faith, the visible is a channel for divine revelation. Thus we use visible symbols and icons in our liturgical Tradition, so that they point us to the invisible. Our “vision” does not stop, so to say, at the icon, but extends beyond it, toward the One or the ones depicted on it." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

 

“God did not remain in His invisible nature . . . and leave Himself utterly unknown to humankind. He structured creation so that, although He is invisible by nature, He may nonetheless be known by His works.” (St. Athanasius)

 

"Since God is invisible, forgetfulness of God is one of the greatest human temptations. Fasting helps to mitigate that forgetfulness and, in so doing, makes love for God possible." (Aristotle Papanikolaou)

 

"Throughout its pages, the Bible presents a holistic view of reality that encompasses both the familiar visible world and the invisible world that coexist as a kind of parallel universe. In every instance of human time eternity is present. An act of love justice compassion - or hate and cruelty - has consequences in this world and in the unseen world as well." (Philip Yancey)

 

“The attention of the Creator reaches to everything—invisible and visible alike, small and great—for all created things require the attention of the Creator.” (St. Athenagoras)