I Believe in God the Father Almighty

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The Father revealed by the Son

 238      Many religions invoke God as “Father.” The deity is often considered the “father of gods and of men.” In Israel, God is called “Father” inasmuch as he is Creator of the world.1 Even more, God is Father because of the covenant and the gift of the law to Israel, “his first-born son.”2 God is also called the Father of the king of Israel. Most especially he is “the Father of the poor,” of the orphaned and the widowed, who are under his loving protection.3

 239      By calling God “Father,” the language of faith indicates two main things: that God is the first origin of everything and transcendent authority; and that he is at the same time goodness and loving care for all his children. God’s parental tenderness can also be expressed by the image of motherhood,4 which emphasizes God’s immanence, the intimacy between Creator and creature. The language of faith thus draws on the human experience of parents, who are in a way the first representatives of God for man. But this experience also tells us that human parents are fallible and can disfigure the face of fatherhood and motherhood. We ought therefore to recall that God transcends the human distinction between the sexes. He is neither man nor woman: he is God. He also transcends human fatherhood and motherhood, although he is their origin and standard:5 no one is father as God is Father.

270      God is the Father Almighty, whose fatherhood and power shed light on one another: God reveals his fatherly omnipotence by the way he takes care of our needs; by the filial adoption that he gives us (“I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”):6 finally by his infinite mercy, for he displays his power at its height by freely forgiving sins.

 

For more, read paragraphs 232-278 here.

Notes:

1.  Cf Deut 32:6, Mal 2:10

2.  Ex 4:22

3.  Cf 2 Sam 7 :14, Ps 68 :6

4.  Cf Isa 66 :13, Ps 131 :2

5.  Cf Ps 27:10, Eph 3:4, Isa 49:15

6.  2 Cor 6:18, cf Mt 6:32

 Excerpts from the English translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church for use in the United States of America Copyright © 1994, United States Catholic Conference, Inc. –  Libreria Editrice Vaticana.  Used with Permission.

 
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