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Being Contra Nothingness

J.P. Williams
1 min readAug 23, 2023
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Philosophers have often considered human beings the fulfillment of Being because they’re the being that can contemplate Being: themselves and all that is. What then are we to make of Jesus on the cross? Consider this from the Gospels:

“And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34, KJV)

I’m aware of no more powerful statement in Christianity of God’s silence: God incarnate questioning His own absence, the ground of Being entertaining ultimate Nihility.

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