Qualities of God
Many Catholics have different opinions on God. Not just physically, but as a spiritual whole, as a guide throughout their lives in search for happiness through their faith. Although everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and just because they have their own opinion, that doesn’t make them wrong, but the catholic church teaches many different things, not all of which are things you might be thinking. Things like God’s divine attributes, His infinite perfection, knowledge, presence, and supremacy. We interpret our own ideas of what these all mean to us as individuals, but the direct teachings of the Church and the Catechism are always the foundation of our interpretations and beliefs.
The Nicene Creed outlines the basic beliefs of a catholic as a statement of faith through prayer. Even though it does a good job doing so, it doesn’t really explain what we think of God Himself. The best way to understand what the Church teaches is through the Catechism, but for even more precise (and summarized) answers, I went to the Compendium. “The Compendium is not a work that stands alone, nor is it intended in any way to replace the Catechism of the Catholic Church: instead, it refers constantly to the Catechism by means of reference numbers printed in the margins, as well as by consistent reliance on its structure, development and contents. In fact, the Compendium is meant to reawaken interest in and enthusiasm for the Catechism, which, in the wisdom of its presentation and the depth of its spirituality, always remains the basic text for catechesis in the Church today.” (Vatican.va, 2005.)
After my research, I discovered many things about the Catholic church and its teachings on the topic of the qualities, attributes, and characteristics of God. It teaches that God is the maker of all things, and that He shared His divinity through His son, Jesus Christ. God is infinite and will always be, even after the human race ceases to exist. The Catechism also teaches that God is omnipresent, or everywhere, all the time. It is taught that God is also immutable, or unable to change. The divine attributes of God include divine knowledge and divine will. God’s attribute of divine knowledge is described as the possession of the most perfect knowledge of all things, which falls in line with His infinite perfection as a whole. “In the first place He knows and comprehends Himself fully and adequately, and in the next place He knows all created objects and comprehends their finite and contingent mode of being.” (NewAdvent.org, 2014.) God knows everything about everyone, no one is ever truly alone because God knows their struggles and their challenges, and may even help us to overcome them.
God’s attribute of divine will is a little more confusing to understand, but what I got from it, is that it is defined as: “In the case of God, it is evident that His own infinite goodness is the primary and necessary object of His will, created goodness being but a secondary and contingent object.” (NewAdvent.org, 2014). God is selfsufficient in His choices. Divine will goes hand in hand with His attribute of divine knowledge. His divine knowledge leads His sense of divine will to make the most flawless choices, because it is actually impossible for God to make a wrong choice. I hope I’m grasping this idea as accurately as possibly, and it doesn’t sound like a crude elucidation of the church’s beliefs.
As for my own beliefs, I think this may be the hardest part of the paper. I currently do not believe in God, nor do I follow any religion or practice. But I was raised Catholic and I attended church regularly. I was baptised, and confirmed Catholic at an early age. I believe I was hardly 10. Many people have asked me how that was possible, but all I can respond with is that I don’t ...
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