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God wants us to come to Him in prayer. He wants us to tell him what He already knows. In Matthew 6:8, we learn that He knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

“For your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Speak freely to God, even though He knows you better than you know yourself.

Although God is changeless in his purpose, he is changing plans for your life all the time. God’s plan is for you to be a kind, thoughtful, humble person and to do the right thing at all times. You were put on earth to do good, to develop angelic qualities and eventually to go to heaven. You make mistakes, and you even make selfish choices. God is ready with an amended plan every time you make a choice that is not ideal.

Suppose in life, you turn your back on God. Is that the end of the story? Has the plan failed? No. There is a new set of circumstances, and God in His constant love for your welfare invites you to pick up the pieces and try anew. From your infancy, God makes accommodations or “adjustments.” If you stray a little, He looks for you. Your free choices are vital.


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shimOur Lord Jesus Christ is the one loving God of Heaven and Earth

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God is one

The New Church teaches that God is one (Mark 12:32, Isaiah 44:6, Zecheriah 14:9). The one God of all, out of love and concern for the human race and the state of humanity at that time, took on a physical human conceived of the Divine and born of the virgin Mary. Within the human of Jesus was the Divine itself. Throughout His lifetime Jesus gradually got rid of what was merely human and took on more and more of the Divine within Him until He made His human completely Divine. This means, God is one, within whom is the Divine Trinity, and He is the Lord God the Savior Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18). Just as we all have a soul, a body and the actions of our life (and are one person) so it is with God. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are names given for the soul, body and activity of the one God. One loving God, one Divine person.

"All things of human reason converge and, so to speak, focus in this - that there is one God who is the creator of the universe. So the person who possesses reason neither does nor can think otherwise. Tell someone of sound reason that there are two creators of the universe and you will feel a resistance from that individual within yourself, simply from the sound of his or her voice in your ears. . . . Can anyone whose reason is healthy fail to perceive that the Divine is not divided, that there is no plurality of infinite, uncreated, omnipotent beings or gods?"    - E. Swedenborg

He is never angry and never gives up on us

When we read the Old Testament we are sometimes given a view of God being angry or jealous. Let it be clearly said: God is never angry. God is pure love and wisdom and completely incapable of having anything but love towards us. The appearance of an angry God in the Old Testament was necessary for the people at that time. That was the only image of God they were able to respond to at that point. They projected this image of the Lord because fear was in their hearts. The Lord loves you completely and never wishes any harm on you.

What did Jesus accomplish by His death on the cross?

The New Church teaches that God saved the human race by coming on earth, but He didn’t come to die. He came to restore freedom to human beings so we could again be free to choose. Before the Lord came on earth, the influence of hell had risen to such a level that it was essentially choking off the life from God with the human race. It was like a completely cloudy and polluted atmosphere which needed to be purified. The Lord cleared the way by taking on the attacks of the hells with His vulnerable humanity, and by His own strength putting them under lock and key so that they didn’t over extend their influence and cause an imbalance. The final battle was the one on the cross – it was not the only battle. When Jesus proclaimed on the cross, “It is finished,” He was declaring that all the work He came to do against the hells was over. On Easter morning His body was no longer in the tomb because all that was human was unified with the Divine, and made Divine.


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The beautiful painting at the top of this web page is the work of Christopher Santer, who kindly gave us permission to use it.  It is one of several uplifting and inspiring Christian art prints that he has created.  You can view and order these prints at www.pacemstudio.com.

 

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