The original, most grave, most ubiquitous heresy is that the creator God is a peevish miser who gives only grudgingly to His creatures. We sometimes hear “He is no genie” — and that is true. But the difference owes nothing to His being less generous, or less happy to give, than the genie. It is precisely because our wishes are so often ungenerous and provincial that God does not grant them. For in granting them He would only be fixing in us a character totally unlike His own.