- God is not made in our
During the war in Iraq, have you noticed how God has been
called upon, convened, enlisted? Suddenly he has become essential.
How is it possible to do without him if he is the God of the
armies, the God of the war? It is in the interest of everybody
to have him on his or her side, for evidently the good cause.
- When the bombs began to fall on Baghdad, Georges Bush
said:" God bless our country and those who defend it"
At the same time, Saddam Hussein was addressing to his people:
"By the will of God, these days will add to our immortal
past your share of glory and victory
A Christian confided to me " When it happens that I attend
the mass, I cannot stand any more to hear: "God all mighty".
If God is all mighty, let him act, let him do something!"
I am writing these words on Good Friday. On the cross we have
to mourn a God who resembles us and who we want to put at our
service. On the cross the God of religions is dead to leave room
to the God of the Gospel.
- In the weakness of his flesh, Jesus reveals a God disarmed
and removed from his sacredness. Not any more distant and inaccessible
but a God close to each of us in our daily life. A God who gives
himself without limit. A God who comes towards the excluded persons
without restrictions. A God who does not belongs to a specific
people but to all humanity.
On the cross, Jesus tears off the veil of religions to let us
see a face of God that is not any more made in our image. He
is out of religion; he is in the secular world.
Repeatedly it is noticed that the churches are becoming empty
and that the religious practice is declining. One of the reasons
could be the withdrawal of religion in society. A will for a
liberated reasoning and freedom are characteristic of modernity.
The modern man liberates himself from the links of religion.
- He takes charge of himself, assumes his destiny, he wants
to master his choices. Becoming an adult, he refuses a God who
asks for submission and childish attitudes. Why not be happy
about that? Beliefs are given up but not necessarily the faith
The God of religions is dead but not the God of the Gospel.