Sunday, March 26, 2023

Catholicism 101: What Is It All About? God's Love, God's Will, and Free Will

God's will is our creation, salvation and eternal life.  God's will is love.  We, as Catholics, believe God predestined all of us to be saved.  However, God does not force His will on us.  We have the freedom to choose to follow God's will.

Before we can understand this, though, we must first understand what "will" is.  Will is the faculty or capacity to choose what we do.  Will is what moves us to action.  Will is the choosing to do.

God's existence does not depend on our belief or unbelief.  God is all good and does not will evil.  We hear this in the book of Jeremiah 29:11:  For I know the plans I have in mind for you, oracle of the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.

One thing we must keep in mind is that just because it is God's will for us to have eternal salvation, he will not demand we choose that for ourselves.  He will respect the choices we make, whether to draw us closer, or to move away from the Lord.  If we choose God's will for our lives, it is more than just saying we are choosing it. It is a process of conforming our wills so they reflect God's will.  When our will and God's will is in tandem, we will be leading a happier existence, even if we are facing obstacles or struggles because we are so grounded in Jesus we desire the good He desires for us.

Join us next Sunday night for our final Catholicism 101 for the year:  The Rest of Eternity:  What Happens After?  This will be our discussion about Heaven and Hell, choosing the presence of God, versus choosing the absence of God.  Supper will be provided!

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