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God is not Aladdin the Genie

Some people treat God as if He were Aladdin the Genie who will grant them all of their wishes of fame and fortune. It is a hard thing to understand given that the Bible makes it clear how difficult it will be for the rich man to get into heaven.

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

Source: http://bible.cc/mark/10-25.htm

There is so much focus on wealth and the outward appearances of success in our society that it nearly impossible for many to view God as anything but a magic genie, wizard or cosmic Santa Claus.

We are so privelged just to be here on this earth. God has provided us with so much already and does more on our behalf than we could ever imagine, yet we selfishly demand more and more.

It might seem extreme to say so, but God doesn’t owe us anything. He doesn’t live in a bottle that we found washed up on the beach. He isn’t so grateful that we rubbed the bottle so he could come out and see the light of day.

I don’t claim to know the mind of God, but I am fairly sure that he doesn’t spend His days worrying about your bank balance, the next promotion, a bright shiny car, etc. I believe God loves us and deserves our love and respect. I think that the universe runs on love and that much of life is like a reflection. If we give hate, hate is returned to us. If we lie, we are lied to. This isn’t true in every instance. There are plenty of cased of good people meeting an unjust fate. There are plenty of instances where an evil person received many unjust rewards. It’s beyond our simple understanding.

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