The Nature and Attributes of God Glossary


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Source

Definitions: (1) the cause of causes; (2) the antecedent of energy and matter; (3) the origin of personality; the I AM; (4) the ancestral spirit; (5) the progenitor of mind; (6) the heart of goodness; (7) the foremost authority and distributor of truth; (8) the basis and pattern of beauty; (9) the font of love; (10) the initiator of life; (11) the spark of light; (12) the inaugurator of service; (13) the Father of all brothers and sisters

Comment: All things, meanings, values, and persons are traced back to The Source of all reality. The way is broad enough to carry all of us back to him no matter what route we decide to take. Each of us is unique. The predictable ways make us feel safe; the unpredictable ways make things interesting.

Sovereign

Definitions: (1) the manager of all cosmic forces; controller; (2) the ruling authority over all others; all-prevailing; omniprevalent; (3) holding the reigns of power; in charge; (4) responsible for His followers; master; lord; (5) influential in the hearts of His subjects; tactful; (6) possessing overshadowing virtue; minister; (7) uninfluenced by bargaining; indomitable

Synonyms: commander, commanding, dominant, governing, governor, imperial, in control, king, leader, leading, masterful, mechanizer, monarch, overcontroller, regal, supervising, supervisor

Comment: We are sovereign over our own (God given) free will choices. God is sovereign over all else.

Spirit

Definitions: (1) the breath of life; alive; (2) super-consciousness; high-minded; (3) the animating principle; inspiration; (4) the source of ideals and values; qualitative reality; (5) the invisible higher vibrational reality; supernatural; (6) the supreme moral and ethical standard; (7) the spiritualizing influence; (8) the father of the soul <the mother of the soul is the mind>; (9) the Holy Spirit; the Spirit of the Universe Mother Spirit; (10) the third Person of The Trinity; the Infinite Spirit

Comment: Nothing material can transcend itself. We are physical and our bodies live and die. Our will is capable of choosing superfinite values and incorporating them into our being. Our soul lives on because it is made of the more basic spiritual substance of the universe: Spirit.

Stability

Definitions: (1) impossible to move or be thrown off balance; steady; fixed; (2) immutable in character; steadfast; (3) changeless; (4) unvarying in purpose; dauntless; (5) unified in administration; permanent; (6) full of composure; self-possessed; (7) holding the equilibrium of the universe; firm; solid; (8) trustworthy; stalwart; (9) self-sufficient

Comment: Things are constantly changing for finite beings. The one sure thing we can count on is the consistency inherent in, and caused by, the stability of God.


Superadditive

Definitions: (1) the extra and unexpected characteristics present when two (or more) are added together; (2) something more than, and something different from, the predictable additive consequences

     See Also: Harmony and Integrity

T

Thoughtful

(DIVINE WILL)

Definitions: (1) the original absolute thought of the Universal Father; (2) the personal thoughts of God; (3) the final will

Comment: All Divine thoughts, being perfect, are instantly (in infinity) or eventually (during the finite) manifest. He is the originator of purpose and his actions are full of reason.

 

(DIVINE MIND)

Definitions: (1) full of thought; mindful; (2) actions resulting from thought, i.e. decisiveness and creativity; (3) the opener of eyes; intelligible; (4) able to keep track of all thought; reflective; (5) characterized by careful thought; deliberative and deliberate; (6) the conceiver of new ideas; imaginative; (7) the ability to turn ideals into ideas and ideals into ideas; (8) able to fit different thoughts together; elastic; supple

Comment: Our mind is hard wired with the ability to know right from wrong and fact from fiction. But it/we can also evaluate the future based on the experiences of the past. We can look before we leap. We can determine the value of something and then decide to pursue it. We can evaluate good, better, and best.

 

(DIVINE COURTESY)

Definitions: (1) the inventor of respect; considerate; courteous; (2) heedful; careful; (3) concerned for the well-being of His sons and daughters; attentive; (4) willing to do everything to fulfill the needs of His family

Comment: The thoughts of God are so magnificent and so immense as to be beyond our ability to grasp completely. But he kindly makes it possible for us to comprehend his will in finite pieces.

 

(DIVINE WORTH)

Definitions: (1) worthy of being thought about with intense interest; engrossing; (2) worthy of active study; theology; (3) worthy of being meditated upon; worthy of devoted reflection; (4) worthy of being aware of and being pondered; (5) worthy of being contemplated; (6) worthy of being a beacon of hope and longing

Admonition: We learn humility in many ways, but one of the most profitable is thoughtful contemplation of the Divine.

Transcendant

Definitions: (1) beyond the bounds of the finite; supermortal; (2) superior to the material universe; multidimensional; (3) existing objectively to any human conception; eventuated reality; (4) spiritual reality; actualized reality; (5) excellence surpassing practical understanding; supereminent; (6) beyond the human realm; ethereal

Comment: God can help us in transcending our current finite state, but we have to choose to be more than we are. This is done by embracing those positive values inherent in, but not limited to, the finite.

Trustworthy

Definitions: (1) the dependable custodian of reality; (2) the assurance of tranquility; reliable; (3) the one who puts minds at ease; certainty; (4) the one who makes failure impossible; (5) the one who shelters souls; security; (6) the one who frees us from anxiety and doubt; safety; (7) worthy to be given confidence; (8) forthright in dealing with His children; matter-of-fact; straightforward; (9) receptive to prayers

Comment: A relationship based upon personal devotion (having the best interest of the other in mind) with a human partner or The Divine Parent can only be had if it is founded on trust. His trustworthiness is undeniable.

Truth

Definitions: (1) in accord with reality; (2) the ideal of fundamental reality; (3) imparting true meaning; forthright; (4) reliably certain; accurate; (5) dependably exact; precise; (6) the source of veracity; genuine; (7) sincere; upright; (8) reflecting the essential character of the teacher; (9) definitively logical; honest

Saying: The truth shall set you free. Facts are uniform and static. Truth is flexible and living. Seek the truth and you will be rewarded with continual progress.

U

Uncaused

Definitions: (1) reality without prior source; self-existent; (2) the primal being in existence before the beginning; not created; (3) self-caused reality; the initiator; (4) never beginning but lasting forever; self-perpetuated; (5) the genesis of reality; self-generative; (6) The first cause producing original effects; free from inheritance derived from antecedent causation

Comment: There is great value in pondering the unponderable when it has to do with God because something is always revealed, some new insight is realized. The deepest mysteries remain hidden but the act of seeking is the key to discovery. Since what is to be discovered is limitless and because the source is extravagantly generous, the revelation of some piece of the puzzle is always forthcoming.


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