How to explain mercy in a secularize world?
Secularization is one of the main features of our society. It can be conscious and deliberate, or it can be accepted passively and unconsciously. On it depends one’s idea of evil and of sin, as well as of freedom and its responsibility. Many of our contemporaries consider freedom as an essential part of the individual “I.” Old Testament revelation, brought to completion by the new law, acknowledges that it is from God, from his wisdom and his will, that we derive the distinction between good and evil. And the first commandment is that of love of God. The second, which is similar to it, concerns love of neighbor. Every human being is created in the image and likeness of God, is a person who is loved by him in himself or herself. Human brotherhood discovers its cause and its inspiration in the Father’s love. Now, secularization ignores or eliminates this founding relationship with God. The most recent developments in philosophy have led to radical theories. Any reference to truth is eliminated, since autonomous freedom creates values. And since it is their only cause, its evolution over time can also change them. Values do not have any permanent stability. Everything is relative. This even leads to a paradox: what is absurd is considered as a kind of positive category.