Aquinas – God’s omnibenevolence

“It is written: ‘God is love.‘ (John 4:16)”

“We must therefore assert that in God there is love: because love is the first movement of the will and of every appetitive faculty. For since the acts of the will and of every appetitive faculty tend toward good and evil, as to their proper objects; and since good is essentially and especially the object of the will and the appetite, whereas evil is only the object secondarily and indirectly, as opposed to good; it follows that the acts of the will and appetite that regard good must naturally be prior to those that regard evil. Thus, for instance, joy is prior to sorrow, love to hate: because what exists of itself is always prior to that which exists through another.”

Extract quoted from the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia, where you can read the full article.

 

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