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If our God is a magician then we would expect Him to do magic tricks for us
If our God is a magician then we would expect Him to do magic tricks for us

How would you describe your God?

Is your God a father, magician, friend, judge, public man, saviour, minister of justice? Someone who is irrelevant or does not exist?

We all have an opinion about God but we may not think about it too often. However our personal opinion of God has very wide implications for us personally. It influences almost every aspect of our lives, our actions, our behaviour, our inner state of soul, and ultimately can have a bearing on our eternity.

God does not change, has not changed, and will not change. The only thing that can change is our own personal opinion of Him.

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God is who he says it is! He spoke in ancient times and continues to speak today through the Holy Spirit. It is the church which presents His work through the Sacred Scriptures and her teaching of this word of God.

One of the most fundamental explanations of God is that “God is love”. This love is meant to be understood in all its wide implications. We learn just how much God loves us. He sent us His Son who came into the world and died on the cross. He institutionalised the Holy Eucharist so that we could become one in Body and Blood. He tells us that we will live forever with Him in eternity. God totally loves us.

If we have a different opinion of God, for example, that He is the one who is a minister of justice then we would expect that everything in life must be “fair”. There would be justice for all who are innocent. Illness becomes a problem, accidents, violence etc. becomes God’s fault. This could lead to the thought that since he can’t keep order then He might not exist.

We really need to find out who God is for us. It is important. In this search, there is much help available. We could start with the Catechism, the Scriptures, and the Church.

If our God is a magician then we would expect Him to do magic tricks for us. We would need to win the lottery; we would need protection from our bad driving etc.

If God is a policeman then we would wonder why there is so much crime in the world and ask God to stop it.

If he is just a judge then all our enemies would have to have crop failures and lead miserable lives.

We really need to find out who God is for us. It is important. In this search, there is much help available. We could start with the Catechism, the Scriptures, and the Church.

As we live and grow our concept of God will also grow. Prayer for faith is probably the best place to start.

Bishop Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. AM

This article was published in The Church and Life Newspaper, August 2017

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