One salient feature of religion is that there are many type of various religions and, correspondingly, many kind of different concepts around the nature of God.

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With the arrival of speedy take a trip to all corners of the world and through satellite tv news coverage daily from practically eincredibly nation, we are today even more than ever before mindful of the great distinctions in religious belief.

In the Creed we profess idea in one God. What does the Church expect by this open up confession of one God to the exemption of all others? We are all seeking answers to the puzzling concerns of our individual visibility. We are especially concerned around wbelow we came from and wright here we are going. It is herbal to guy to ask these inquiries. He has actually been asking them, according to the document of history and also literary works, given that the start of recorded time. It deserve to additionally be presented from ideology that man is by nature a questioning being. Unless impeded by others or by his very own physical incapacity, man naturally asks inquiries about his very own visibility and also the presence of the civilization in which he stays. And concerns around visibility necessarily cause the question about God.

In the course of human background many type of various answers have been given to these concerns. Fundamentally the answers are of three kinds: 1) God is immanent in the human being and also so figured out through it; 2) God is transcendent and so completely separated from the world; 3) God is both immanent and also transcendent however not in exactly the same way.

Due to the fact that of the painful trouble of evil, some (such as the Manicheans) have actually posited 2 gods captured in an external battle one, the source of excellent in the human being, and also the other, the resource of evil. In this watch, at different times one or the various other is thmust subdue the other.

In the midst of many contrary ideas around God, the Scriptures claims tright here is only one God the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Hence we check out in Isaiah (44:6): "I am the initially and also I am the last; tright here is no God however me." The oneness of God is also taught in Job, chapter 38; Proverbs (8:23-30); Sirach, chapter 24; Wisdom (9:1-3).

In the New Testimony St. John reports Jesus as saying: "This is eternal life, that they recognized thee the just true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent" (17:3). And St. Paul affirms that tright here is yet "one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, and also throughout all, and in all" (Eph 4:5-6).

Dangers to the true confidence abound in eextremely age. The chief risk at the present time in our reasoning about God is to recognize him so completely with the human being, and also particularly with our fellow guy, that he becomes in our minds completely immanent to the human being. But the Catholic watch of God is incredibly specific and nuanced. There is just one God who is the Creator and also sustainer of all that exists and also nopoint exists without him.

The crucial elements in the Catholic conception of God are his transcendence, infinity and personality. Thunstable the revelation of Jesus we understand that in the inner nature of God there are three Persons Father, Son and also Holy Spirit. God keeps whatever in presence however he is not determined with any of his creatures. All creatures have to be brought about by some other being and also that suggests limitation and also dependence. God is absolutely independent and so the source of everything that exists. Therefore tright here have the right to be only one God. The glory of the Christian is to know who the only true God is and also to worship him in the Father, in the Son and in the Holy Spirit.

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Kenneth Baker, S.J. "Tbelow is Only One God." In Fundamentals of Catholicism Vol. 1 Part 1, Chapter 4 (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995), 27-30.

This write-up republished with permission from Father Kenneth Baker, S.J.

The Author

Father Kenneth Baker, S.J., assumed editorship of Homiletic & Pastoral Review in April 1971 and continued to be in this position for practically forty years. In 1983 he publiburned a three-volume explacountry of the faith called Fundamentals of Catholicism Vol. 1, Creed and also Commandments; Vol. 2, God, Trinity, Creation, Christ, Mary; and also Vol. 3, Grace, the Church, the Sacraments, Eschatology