The Nature and Attributes of God Glossary


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Absolute

Definitions: (1) relative to no other; all others dependent on Him; (2) free from and above any extraneous influence; self-sufficient; (3) independent in and of Himself; (4) unconditioned by any standards, causes, or outside circumstances; (5) not limited or restricted by any other force or control; (6) pure; perfect; (7) the embodiment of ideal love; (8) complete; whole; (9) the ultimate actual and potential reality; (10) unqualified; fundamental; (11) the supreme authority; superultimate; (12) infinitely beyond any other thing or being; unsurpassed

Reflection: It is appropriate for Absolute to be the first in the alphabetical list of God’s qualities. It can and should be used as a modifier for all other qualities: absolute love, absolute perfection, absolute generosity, etc. Since God is absolute, all of his qualities are absolute. This means no quality can have any more value than any other. absolute justice has exactly the same value as absolute mercy. No matter how difficult we may think a choice is, to God it is easy. It is beyond us to understand his absolute nature, but he has no difficulty melding and perfectly coordinating anything with any and all other things — no matter if they are material things, mental meanings, spiritual values, or persons.

Consideration: We may think we know what the word Absolute means, but every time we contemplate it in depth, we find ourselves looking to the only Person who actually is absolute and the meaning expands. Therefore, we grow every time we think of God’s absolute nature and attributes.

Comment: Although God himself is absolute, he has designed a system of downsteps from the infinite to the finite. There is a vast family of caring individuals from God the Son and God the Spirit on down to the lowliest cherubim. He and the cooperating member of his family work for everyone’s welfare throughout every stage of existence. He is not separate from his creation. He permeates all levels.


All-encompassing

Definitions: (1) the whole of everything; totally inclusive; replete; (2) going completely around, enveloping; nothing outside the embrace of; self-contained; (3) exerting utter control over all domains; (4) total accomplishment of objectives; (5) all-pervasive

     See also: Harmony

Comment: Within a system there are parts. Each system is enclosed by the extents of its domain. Every part is encompassed within the system. The All-encompassing Being includes all of the individual parts, all of the separate systems, and all of the systems together in a single harmony. In order for there to be a harmony of parts there have to be parts. Without parts a thing is simply itself, whole and complete. God is both.


Approachable

Definitions: (1) the ability <of The Creator> to be close to the creation; to be intimate with every creature; (2) potential <for both The Creator and the created> to move toward each other; (3) possible for the created to emulate The Creator in character or quality; (4) having easy and open access; friendly; (5) able to be appreciated; (6) able to be contacted; findable; (7) worthy of being prayed to

Comments:

• Several qualities attributed to God are his only in relation to others. God is approachable by his family of created beings. We exist. He exists. He wants the best for us. He is the best for us, therefore he has designed the universe so we can choose to approach his perfection.

• Considering the infinite distance we have to go, the best we can do in this lifetime in our attempt to approach God is to face the right direction. He does everything he can to help us find him. No matter how close to The Absolute we may get there is still an absolute distance to go.