Isaiah 6 and Catholic vs. Protestant views of God



this is brother Peter diamond Vatican Catholic calm in Isaiah chapter 6 we read that the great prophet had a vision of the Lord and his throne quote I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up and his train filled the temple and quote Isaiah 6:1 upon the throne stood seraphim angelic beings each one had six wings with two wings each angel covered its face and with two wings each covered its feet and with two wings each flew and they cried one to another and said holy holy holy the Lord God of hosts all the earth is full of his glory the angels cried holy holy holy so much for the Protestant claim that a prayer that has repeated more than once such as the Our Father or the Hail Mary is a vain repetition Isaiah tells us that when the angels cried out to one another and said holy holy holy the Lord God of hosts all the earth is full of his glory the doorframes were moved at the voice of those who cried and the house was filled with smoke Isaiah six three two four one is struck by Isaiah's awesome description of the Lord sitting on his throne with the angels around him so the question is do the angels with their wings and their cries and their praises of the Almighty which are featured in Isaiah's description detract from or accentuate the glory of God an honest assessment of the question will acknowledge that the inclusion of the angels in this description serves to accentuate and fully express God's magnificence it does not distract from God or diminish his glory it does not shift the focus in a sinful way to the beans he has created rather the focus on the actions and the glory of his created beings beings who are in turn giving him glory illustrates his grandeur even more powerfully hence isaiah 6 serves as a small but good example of how devotion to saints and a right full recognition of their place in God's kingdom and in the economy of salvation does not take away from God's acts or from his glory on the contrary by recognizing the place he has chosen to give them as well as the glory the king has chosen to give them within his one kingdom we can better appreciate the surpassing greatness of the king himself the Book of Daniel captures the same truth in its description of the Lord and of those who minister to him Daniel 7:10 quote a Swift stream of fire issued forth from before him thousands of thousands ministered to him and ten thousand times a hundred thousand stood before him the judgments at and the books were opened and quote the countless ministering multitudes give us a greater reverence and appreciation of the Lord of Hosts and Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:30 that the Saints shall be as the angels of God in heaven the Protestant view of God the Protestant view of the way he works and the way he is to be viewed is empty and it is false under the pretext of protecting God's glory it actually deviates from the biblical model and detracts from that which it claims to protect God's honor something else is noteworthy in Isaiah chapter 6 upon seen the off striking vision of God's throne Isaiah is overwhelmed with his own sinfulness and unworthiness in Isaiah 65 and following we read quote I said woe was me because I have held my peace because I am a man of unclean lips and I've seen with my eyes the king the Lord of hosts and one of the Seraphim flew to me and in his hand was a live coal which he had taken with the tongs off the altar and he touched my mouth and said Behold this hath touched thy lips and thy iniquity shall be taken away and thy sin shall be cleansed and quote in commenting on this first protestant apologist james white says the following on page 19 of his book the god who justifies quote Isiah found no solace in the offerings he had brought to the altar or in his standing as a child of Abraham no he found cleansing solely in the act of God end quote white says that Isaiah found cleansing solely in the act of God he even emphasizes the word solely but that's not what we read in the text of Isaiah 6 of course God is the one who forgives there is no forgiveness without him or without his acts but we read in this very passage of Isaiah that one of the Seraphim had a coal which it had taken from the altar and the Seraph touched Isaiah's mouth with the coal it was this act the act of the Seraph touching the mouth of Isaiah with the coal that cleansed Isaiah of his sin and removed his iniquities isaiah 6-7 quote behold this hath touched thy lips and thy iniquity shall be taken away and thy sin shall be cleansed end quote certainly the forgiveness and the cleansing that came through the coal that had been administered by the angel was only possible through the power in the ultimate act of God but this passage demonstrates that God sometimes uses instrumentalities and intercessors to deliver his forgiveness and His grace in the same way that he can confer upon the cold and the angel who uses it the power of forgiveness God can also arrange it so that the water of baptism sanctified by his saving blood and the Holy Ghost forgives sins as it is clearly taught in the New Testament John 3:5 acts 2:38 Ephesians 5:26 acts 22:16 etc thus it's interesting to note that a Protestant while claiming that Isaiah was cleansed solely by the act of God contradicts the very description of the text there is more that can be said about the biblical support for Catholic teaching on this matter but Isaiah chapter 6 is a good example of why the Catholic not the Protestant view of God and the way he works and what gives him the most glory is correct you