35 – We risk imagining that God was a magician, complete with an all-powerful magic wand

I believe in God the Father Almighty…’ That’s how the Creed starts, that’s how we pray it every day, that’s what Christians believe, basing our conviction on Revelation.

The marvelous work of creation goes beyond our capacity of comprehension, consequently, we attribute it without any difficulty to a superior intelligence, to ‘Someone’ entirely superior to us, who shows great magnificence in the act of creation. Briefly described in Genesis, we contemplate creation only amidst the shadows of mystery. However, in recognizing that the universe was made by God, we cannot doubt that it came about according to his wise dispositions, whether it in an instantaneous manner or otherwise. We may admit that the work of the six days was extended for thousands of years, or claim that it lasted one minute. What we cannot do is establish limits to the attribute of God’s omnipotence, which – as the word itself says – can do all things…

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

Authors

Synod of Constantinople (543)

If anyone says that the power of God is limited let him be anathema

Saint Thomas Aquinas

God is called omnipotent because He can do all things that are possible absolutely
To create can be the action of God alone

Vatican Council I (Ecumenical XX)

The act of creation came about by God’s goodness and omnipotent power
God protects and governs all things which He created

Benedict XVI

We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution
The notion of creation must transcend our naturalistic ways of thinking and speaking about the evolution of the world

Pius XII

The Church cannot permit the violation of those principles and laws which direct and govern man in his path to God

John Paul II

God is Lord of the work of creation
Nothing could have endured if God did not will it
The world exists in virtue of divine omnipotence
Creation manifests the exercise of the omnipotence of God, guided by His Wisdom and moved by Love

Saint Irenaeus of Lyon

God is not subject to created things, but created things to God

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem

Nothing is removed from the power of God

Catechism of the Catholic Church

God who created everything also rules everything
God is master of history: governing hearts and events in keeping with his will
God created the world according to his wisdom
God gives his creatures being and existence and brings them to their final end
Without a Creator the creature vanishes

Catechism of Trent

Meaning of ‘Almighty’: there neither exists nor can be conceived anything which God cannot do
Unless preserved by His Providence all things would instantly return into their nothingness

One thought on “35 – We risk imagining that God was a magician, complete with an all-powerful magic wand

  1. Pope Francis has gone too far! I mean – to deny even that God is omnipotent! Is he Catholic??? Or even Christian? Or even a believer…

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