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Isaac wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • What is the Catholic view of misotheism?
  • Isn't it understandable considering the world we live in and the neglect it faces from its creator?

Isaac

  { What is the Catholic view of misotheism and isn't it understandable? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Isaac —

Thanks for the questions.

Wikipedia defines Misotheism as follows:

Misotheism is the "hatred of God" or "hatred of the gods" (from the Greek adjective "hating the gods"). In some varieties of polytheism, it was considered possible to inflict punishment on gods by ceasing to worship them.

To my knowledge the Church has never had a need to address this issue. Common sense and the natural law,— (the thing that tells us good from bad, without anyone telling us), would ask the question:

  • Why would one want to hate the Creator that brought them into existence?
  • It's human nature to enjoy the senses of:
    • taste
    • touch
    • smell
    • sight, and
    • hearing
  • Why would anyone wish to hate the Creator that gave them these senses solely out of His own Love?

The unique variant of polytheism mentioned in the Wikipedia definition draws an incorrect conclusion.

When we don't worship, (or renew our covenant with the Lord), we inflict punishment, not on God, but on ourselves to the extent that we loose the mind of God and the sense of what is naturally right and what is naturally wrong to do in this life.

As more and more people either don't attend Sunday Mass or Sunday Church services, the end result is what we see on the 6:00pm news, which I basically define as:

Uncatechized people, doing dumb things, for dumb reasons.

Your second question was:

  • Is it understandable considering the world we live in and the neglect it faces from its creator?

What has the Creator done?

The problem is not with the Creator, but with the choices men have made with their free will, which has been freely given to them by their Creator.

If your friends, family, community and church do dumb things by not educating you on how to be a good practicing Catholic Christian, their acts of omission can end up hurting not only you, but other peoples lives.

  • Why?

Because you end up without a well-formed Christian mind. Going to Sunday Mass weekly and Confession once a month ensures you have this well-formed Christian mind, though you still have the obligation to yourself to find out what you believe as a Christian, even if your local parish does a poor job catechizing you.

This is why solid Catholic Christian parenthood accompanied by good a Catholic Christian education from our parishes is vital.

Your reply to this may be:

What about the tornadoes, storms and tsunami's?

My reply is:

The Lord never allows anything to happen without pulling a greater good out of it plus:

  • How do you know these events aren't the result of men doing dumb things that effect the atmosphere?

Many times questions like these arise after talking with Atheists.

They do believe in God, but deny it, because some father or mother figure in their life has seriously hurt them. That, combined with poor catechesis, is a bad recipe.

Bad yes; Repairable always! Check out the book:

The Godless Delusion by Patrick Madrid

I hope this answers your question.

Mike

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