When we are young we are presented with a God that is a harsh judge and punisher of bad behavior.
Later in life we encounter the powers of the world which enforce the imperatives of materialism.
Neither of these gods represents the real God.
The real God is on the side of the losers.
He is with the poor, the marginalized, the oppressed.....
He does not judge or punish us.
He loves us like a Father.
His love is constant.
And His mercy is infinite.
It is inevitable that we will make mistakes.
But God will forgive us.
He is considerate and understanding.
He knows us.
And He wishes to be in relationship with us.
Like a Mother.
The real God is all the things that we wish were in the world but aren't.
Once we realize this we are Home at at last.
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