Tag Archive: God

Who or What is God?

Not addressing religion for the moment, answer the question above. Not sure? Let’s try a different tactic. Everything we know is finite, by that we mean: it has a beginning and an end. It can be destroyed. It can die. It can cease to exist. This earth, this planet, and all of the planets, are finite. When they began to exist, no matter how many billions or trillions of years ago, time also began to exist, then as well. Things had a beginning and an end, a measurement of time. Whoever, or Whatever started this, whoever created these things… we call “God”. You can’t say, “Well, these things had this ability to exist already in them.” My response to that is, “Who put that ability in them?”

God is. God does exist, and He created all things, even you and me. Why does He care? Why does He do this? Is He just bored and needs a diversion? Every good quality that we can think of: Love, Intelligence, Goodness, Justice, etc. All are in and of God. It is these qualities that we should, no must, think about when we think of God. He surrounds us, flows through us, and is present in everyone. What joy we should feel knowing that God cares so very much about us. How do we know this? We said it above. Every good quality is in and of God!! He cares for you, for us, for the world. “For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believes in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting” (John3, 16).

Our life, our existence is intimately bound up with God. This is so readily apparent, and yet is so easily brushed aside. We get so involved with work, with the acquisition of things, with advancement, pleasure, our comfort, or our way that we forget the whole reason for our existence… to be in union with our God. None of these are wrong. But, when they become the driving force of our lives, when they become the main reason for our existence they have taken on a deadly persona. They are blinding us from the brilliance of God. They are stripping away the beauty that God gave us. They have taken the place of our God. These are the false idols that we are warned about. St. Augustine states, that “… evil is nothing but privatio boni , or “lack of good”.

The world would have us forget God. The world, with all of its’ seductive charm wants to replace God. As noted earlier, ‘none of these are wrong’ except when they become the driving force of our lives. To seek a good job, to have a nice home, to succeed, to be happy, all of these are good. But, when they become our driving force, our sole goal above everything else, at that point we have forgotten our God. We do not have to spout religion 24/7. This is not what God wants. He wants us to live our lives aware of Him, aware of His Goodness 24/7. Our knowledge of Him will help us see Him in all that we meet, in everyone that we encounter 24/7.

I would like to end this thought with some words from St. Francis de Sales. “If you have a sure trust in God, the success that comes to you will always be that which is most useful to you, whether it appears good or bad in your private judgment.”


I Believe in God…

God and Mankind

(1st in a series of a presentation on The Apostles Creed)

Looking out over my back yard, I can see my garden, trees, rooftops, the clouds in the sky. This panorama greets me every day, and I hardly take notice of the beauty. Usually, I am too busy with the “needs” of the day, to slow down and look at the beauty that God gives us on a daily basis.  If I pay closer attention, I might catch sight of a hawk or two gliding with the thermals, the constant jabber of smaller birds in the trees. Looking at my yard filled with multi colored flowers, I can see butterflies flitting from one flower to another, in search of what I don’t really know.  All of this and more exists every day for us, and it might, just might, get a casual glance from us.

We deceive ourselves very easily into thinking that this job, this project, this goal is what is necessary to make our lives complete. We allow ourselves to settle for this world’s offerings, as though they are why we are here on earth. Very early in our lives we were taught that to be happy, we must have financial security and we must satisfy our wants and needs, no matter the cost. Slowly, over our lives, these goals became paramount in our lives. So important are they that we teach them to our young, and the cycle begins anew.

IF you believe in God, then you must have thought at some time, why am I here? Why did God make me? I think it is safe to say that from God’s viewpoint, “The purpose of life, the purpose of our existence is not to gain financial freedom and not to satisfy our every want.”

My belief is that God, a loving god, could do nothing less than to share His goodness with His creations. His love demanded it. So in the creation of the world, God reveals His beauty, His artistry. Mankind was created, with the sole purpose of experiencing the goodness, the beauty, the joy of being united with their Creator. Every aspect of God’s creation has the sole objective of revealing a different part of Him.

God’s love gave us free will, too. What joy could we experience, if we were compelled to love God? The freedom of choice is the highest gift that God could give us. It elevated mankind above all of the rest of creation. Unfortunately, if we use this free will unwisely, we can forfeit our experience of the goodness, the beauty, the joy of being united with our Creator. Yet, our God saw this as the necessity it was, so that mankind could experience the dizzying heights of being united with our God, through their own choice.

We have allowed ourselves to dig the holes that we find ourselves in. As we try to emerge from these graves, we should, we must re-focus our gaze on God. He is a God of Love. He is not something, someone made up. He is not the confused ramblings of a madman. He is. He does exist. He created you for one purpose and that is to be united with Him. What is important to us, what we pursue is up to us. What is YOUR choice?   goto next segment>>