The Nature and Attributes of God Glossary
This is the Glossary for the Class: The Nature and Attributes of God.
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Definitions: (1) the ultimate and inevitable goal of all creation; the final accomplishment; (2) the promise of prevailing in one’s search for God; the definitive attainment; (3) the end result of giving in to God’s irresistible influence; triumphant and victorious; (4) our refuge and our strength
Comment: If we had no free will, our future would be predetermined. But since we do possess the gift of free will, we can choose our destination and how to get there. If we choose to align our will with the will of the Father, he has assured us we will fulfill our heart’s desire. God gives us whatever help we need but we choose our own fate.
Definitions: (1) the unifying and coordinating quality of deity; (2) qualitatively comprehended as truth, beauty, and goodness; (3) correlated in personality as love, mercy, and ministry; (4) manifest impersonally as justice, power, and sovereignty.
See Also: God
Definitions: (1) worthy of being imitated; a commendable example; (2) worthy of being a paragon; hero; (3) inspiring others to imitate the divine nature and qualities, <love and all of its derivatives>; (4) the Person of such outstanding high regard as to compel imitation
Quote: Be you perfect, even as I am perfect. — The Heavenly Father
Note on Quote: The key word in this quote is “as.” We are commanded by our Loving Parent to be as perfect in our sphere of finite reality as the Father is in his sphere of infinity and eternity. Since he is perfect, he is asking us (and promising it is possible) to be like him. His goodness is worthy of imitation and we are offered a way (the Divine Plan) to share eternal life with him. The eternal quest is the search for perfection. The desire to be better than we are is part of our nature for a good reason. If we follow his lead we will, bit by bit, find the answers to immortality. The search for God is the final great pursuit.
Definitions: (1) setting the cosmos in motion; actualizing reality; activating the plan of creation; (2) fully committed to the dynamic service of the universe; (3) affectionately connecting with each person; (4) exerting executive control of the energetic forces proposed by Original Thought; (5) operating within everything and everyone; absolute immanence
• Only after having thought about what would be the options (having taken a look at all possible beginnings, all branching possibilities, and every possible outcome), using his infinite omniscience and perfect wisdom, did God finalize a plan of action. Then did the decree go forth as to what should take place and who should be involved.
• The divine plan asks those who have made some progress toward the Center to be willing to help those who are still struggling to become more complete. We are asked to be engaged as he is engaged.
Definitions: (1) without beginning or end; everlasting; unbounded; (2) changeless; always true; (3) perpetual; timeless; ceaseless; (4) forever in existence; immortal; enduring beyond time; (5) existing beyond eternity; imperishable; (6) indefatigable
Comment: It is impossible to imagine a continuous eternity but it is worth trying just as an exercise in expanding our comprehension of the Primal Cause and our final destiny.
Definitions: (1) filling all and knowing all; comprehensive; (2) extant through finite evolution up to Universe Destiny; (3) the instigator of the growth of personalities and the amplifier of reality; (4) the most broad-minded; possessing the largest measure of benevolence; (5) possessing increasing magnificence in generosity, open-heartedness, and sympathy; (6) abundant; stupendous; (7) spreading out; unfolding
Comment: God has given people the ability to turn potentials into actuals, i.e. growth. The potentials in an infinite universe are limitless therefore growth is ever-expansive – forever.
We will eventually be able to revisit all of the possibilities we missed due to circumstances, negligence, or poor choices. We will be given a chance to realize all of the opportunities we left unfulfilled.
Definitions: (1) flawless in all qualities; (2) free from anything which might impair appearance, quality, or character; beautiful; (3) open; honest; (4) able to evaluate reality objectively; equitable; impartial; unbiased; (5) able to take all things into consideration; evenhanded; equanimous; (6) sympathetic of the plight of others; accepting; commiserative; (7) truthful at all times; ingenuous; upstanding; (8) the perfect melding of justice and mercy
• One of the first qualities a child understands is fairness. They first want their way – for the other person to be fair with them. But they soon begin to understand fairness is a two-way street. We hold certain qualities in high regard for each other. How much more so would these qualities be exemplified by the creator of value? God holds up his end of the fairness exchange. Our part is to align our will with his, most eminently fair, will.
• Is there a fairness to the hardships we are asked to endure and learn from? Since God is fair, if we are pushed beyond his sense of fairness, we will be compensated.
Definitions: (1) reliably adhering to responsibility; true to allegiance; the constant performance of duties; conscientious; (2) can be counted on to keep promises; credible; honest; (3) ever-willing to give service; fidelity; loyalty; (4) true to His word; principled; (5) worthy of being believed; (6) dedicated to the plan, devoted to His people; (7) sincere
Comment: God is not foolish. He will not give us what we want simply because we ask for it. He has our best interests in mind. He is willing to listen and respond to our will – if it is coincident with his, all-wise, will. Even if our prayer is foolish, the sincerity behind the prayer is valuable and that will be rewarded.
Definition: The Father, The Mother, and the children; a unit of mutual and intimate support
Comment: God was replete before creating anything or anyone. It was love motivating him to begin the universal family. It is love that brings his family together. The best parental qualities are his.
Definitions: (1) the head of the household <in this case: the universe>; paternal; (2) devoted to the care and rearing of the family; (3) the first Person of The Trinity; (4) the originator and initiator of all things and beings; The Father-Absolute
Comment: God is the formal word we use to describe the source of all things. But “Father” denotes the loving nature of this original Person.