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GOD. From the Saxon god, good. The source of all good; the supreme being. 1. Every man is presumed to believe in God, and he who opposes a witness on the ground of his unbelief is bound to prove it. 3 Bouv. Inst. u. 3180.
     2. Blasphemy against the Almighty, by denying his being or providence, was an offence punishable at common law by fine and imprisonment, or other infamous corporal punishment. 4 Bl. Corn. 60; 1 East, P. C. 3; 1 Russ. on Crimes, 217. This offence his been enlarged in Pennsylvania, and perhaps most of the states, by statutory provision. Vide Christianity; Blasphemy; 11 Serg. & Rawle, 394.
     3. By article 1, of amendments to the Constitution of the United States, it is provided that "Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." In the United States, therefore, every one is allowed to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

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Reading the Bible for the evolution of God's character permits an objectivity -- in John Cowper Powys's phrase, a profane detachment -- in which the religious reader's persistent unvoiced misgivings may rise to the surface.
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This theme of tight control plays out in our own communities each day as those with power hold onto their power, unwilling to share (even at their own cost) the work of being God's people.
I concluded that God was not good, that the evil and sickness in the world were God's responsibility, that God was negligent at best or possibly evil.
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Paul told us that the church was the Body of Christ and that we experience God's love and presence in and through that community.