God’s Remembrance and Oblivion on the Basis of the Psalms Cover Image

Isten emlékezése és felejtése a zsoltárok alapján
God’s Remembrance and Oblivion on the Basis of the Psalms

Author(s): Zoltán Adorjáni
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Pannonhalmi Főapátság

Summary/Abstract: “What is man that thou shouldst remember him, mortal man that thou shouldst care for him?” (Ps 8,5) God remembers man; godlike man is able to remember, therefore he must remember his Creator, too. This means first of all that there exists a certain kind of reciprocity between God and men shaped by events and experiences in the past in which both sides were linked by a unique relationship. Remembering thus evokes the earlier relationship and turns it into a present experience; the present experience in its turn forms the basis of a new relationship and new actions. So remembering is a means of connecting past and present and of determining present and future as well. The mutual remembrance of God and man means: a bygone event is evoked and it becomes active, the sacred past event starts taking place again. Does God forget anything? He experiences time and events in their completeness: he has past, present and future in front of his eyes, so he can remember everything. But,then, how does he forgive our sins? “Thou dost lay bare our iniquities before thee and our lusts in the full light of thy presence.” (Ps 90,8). In spite of the fact that he sees our sins, he assures us that he forgives us: He overlooks and disregards them. He remembers his everlasting grace, faithfulness, goodness, mercy and his covenant confirmed again for ever in Christ; whenever he looks at his creature, he is “driven” to take mercy on him (Jer, 31,20). He is able to break the continuity of our sins: after having forgiven them he never re-activates them, but He counteracts them.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 22-33
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Hungarian