Aufheben, The Word of God

Why does evil exist in the world?

Are we justified to be angry with God in response?

A particular passage from Matthew came to mind upon reading this blog post on suffering (Matt. 5:43-48):

“43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

There are two points I make note of in this passage. The first is the command to love one’s enemies as one’s friends. This is a path to evolving the ability to love as God loves, not as human’s love. God’s love is perfect because it is impartial. Second, God’s love is as impartial as Mother Nature. God causes the sun to rise on evil and good and sends rain on the just and the unjust with impartiality. I think in Western developed society, we are far away from a state of Nature. It is for this reason, perhaps, it is so hard for us to understand the nature of God’s love. God’s love can be wild and savage, as it can be pristine and magnificent. Divine highs and lows are greater than the highs and lows of human traits. These are just some initial thoughts on the topic alluded to in the post. Indeed, suffering is a great theological problem that has caused many a faithful person to question even the very existence of God!

It is for this reason that I find the German word “Aufheben” to be a word that expresses quite accurately God’s love.  When God expresses his love, the Aufheben process begins.  Some times many of Aufheben’s possible meanings are used at the same time during this process:

verb
cancel stornieren, kündigen, annullieren, aufheben, beenden, absagen
remove entfernen, beseitigen, abnehmen, ziehen, lösen, aufheben
lift heben, anheben, erheben, aufheben, hochheben, ziehen
pick up abholen, holen, aufnehmen, nehmen, aufheben, aufgreifen
repeal aufheben
annul aufheben, annullieren, kündigen
abolish abschaffen, aufheben
revoke widerrufen, entziehen, aufheben, zurücknehmen, zurückziehen, annullieren
keep halten, behalten, bleiben, bewahren, erhalten, aufheben
reverse umkehren, stornieren, rückgängig machen, aufheben, umdrehen, vertauschen
cancel out aufheben, zunichte machen
void aufheben, ungültig machen, entleeren
neutralize neutralisieren, aufheben, entschärfen, die Spitze nehmen
raise erhöhen, erheben, heben, steigern, anheben, aufheben
rescind aufheben, annullieren
offset ausgleichen, verrechnen, wettmachen, aufheben, auffangen, decken
lift up heben, erheben, aufheben, hochheben, emporheben, hochziehen
reserve buchen, reservieren, vormerken, aufsparen, bestellen, aufheben
set aside beiseite legen, aufheben, beiseite schieben, einplanen, verzichten auf, außer Acht lassen
resolve lösen, auflösen, beschließen, regeln, bereinigen, aufheben
do away with abschaffen, vernichten, aufheben, aufräumen mit
save up sparen, aufsparen, aufheben, aufbewahren, zusammensparen
make up for wettmachen, aufheben, hereinbringen
lift off abheben, aufheben
noun
fuss Aufregung, Getue, Theater, Lärm, Umstände, Aufheben
ado Aufheben

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About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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