What Have You To Do With Us, Oh Son of God?

“You believe that God is one: You do well. Even the demons believe–and shudder!” Whatever else this passage reveals about James, the brother of Jesus, it certainly shows a tendency towards biting sarcasm (“You hold the same basic beliefs as demons do! Great job! Have a cookie.”). James is making the point that true¬†theological¬†knowledge is not salvific: After all, the demons, including Satan, possess true theological knowledge that is probably unequaled among humanity. But James goes even further, telling us how the demons’ knowledge prompts them to appropriate action: Given their status before God, the only appropriate response to knowledge about the Most High God is shuddering… and in this respect, the demons act more appropriately towards God than we often do. Continue reading What Have You To Do With Us, Oh Son of God?