XXVI. OF THE ACTION OF THE MATERIAL WORLD OR OF THE WHOLE OF THE COSMOS
Is it only the good or evil spirits that God employs in government of the world?
No, it is not only the good or evil spirits that God employs in the government of the world.
What other beings are there which concur in government?
All the cosmic agents whose activities are brought into play by God help also towards the accomplishment of His rule (CXV. 1).
Is then the whole course of nature thus in the hands God for the ruling of the world?
Yes, the whole course of nature with all its laws is the hands of God for the ruling of the world (CXV. 2)
It is then for the realization of the plans of God for the help thereof, that every day the sun rises, day follows night, that the seasons come and go, this in such order that nothing ever disturbs the coming and the going of the days, the months, the years, and centuries?
Yes, it is for the fulfilment of the designs of God and for help thereof that the sun rises each day, that night follows day, that the seasons follow each other in order and this in such a way that nothing ever disarranges the coming and the going of the days, the months, the years, and the centuries.
May one say that it is for man and for his welfare that God has thus ordained and maintains in a regular order the course of the world of nature?
Yes, one may and indeed must say that it is for man and for his welfare that God has thus ordained and maintains in a regular order the course of the world of nature.
Man then is the creature for whom God in some wise has arranged that all other creatures should be subservient to his needs?
Yes, man is the creature for whom God in some wise has arranged that all other creatures should be subservient to his needs.
Why has God thus acted towards man?
God has acted thus towards man because man is the weakest of His creatures who has need of all other things for the good of his soul and body.
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