The Nature and Attributes of God Glossary


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Understanding

Definitions: (1) knowledgeable; discerning; (2) the source of the power and ability to think and to know; intelligent judgment; (3) friendly or harmonious relationship; an agreement in feeling; (4) helpful in the adjusting of differences; (5) fully aware of meanings and implications; (6) patient and tolerant of growth; sympathetic

Comment: To understand is literally to stand under. In this way God is the one who supports all reality with his empathetic knowledge.

Unity

Definitions: (1) perfect integration and continuity of the original plan and singular Divine purpose; holistic; (2) in complete agreement; of one sentiment; (3) in accord; having one objective: loving service; (4) changelessness of intent; versatility and unanimity in action; (5) a total greater than the sum of its parts; (6) exceptionally well thought out; inclusive of all for all time; (7) unable to be improved upon; undiluted; undivided

Comments:

• When God assesses himself in his infinite realm, he recognizes One Being. Think of a sphere made of a series of perfectly connected hoops. Each ring is a different aspect of deity. From the outside we see many aspects. From the inside, he experiences himself as Unity.

• We know God is a single and unified Being. Yet when we look at him from our finite state, we see him expressing himself in all of his differing manifestations. There is simply too much God for us to take into mind as an infinite whole; we see only some of his “parts.” It will take a long time for us to integrate them all. The key to this integration is our personal incorporation of qualitative values. We have to be more valuable in order to see more value.

Universal

Definitions: (1) all of the whole; cosmic; (2) all-reaching; (3) related to all; the Universal Father; (4) covering all space, mind, time, influence, and personalities completely; (5) adaptable to all situations; applicable to all beings; (6) intended to be used by everyone; comprehensive; (7) differential infinity unified; the Universal Absolute

Comment: The attitude of love is universally true.

Upholder

Definitions: (1) the supporter and sustainer of all reality; the conservator; (2) the protector and preserver of life; the maintainer; (3) ever watchful; vigilant and alert; (4) able to give undivided attention to every atom, person, idea, system, and relationship in the universe; (5) the one who lifts up; the one who prevents falling or failing; (6) willing to stand with us against all odds

Comment: Having given us free will, he will not prevent our slipping if we so choose. But he, and all of his friends and agents, are supportive until we understand his way is the right way.

V

Value

Definitions: (1) the essence of worth; intrinsic worth; the ideal; (2) the ultimate desire; priceless; (3) adherence to the highest principles; probity; (4) worthy of the greatest admiration; estimable; cherishable; (5) the most precious of treasures; important; useful; (6) the embodiment of all virtue; attractive; appealing; (7) possessing the most fascinating qualities

Comment: God is forever. God is Value. It is impossible for any (actual or potential) value of God to ever be lost. We embody value in our soul.

Venerable

Definitions: (1) worthy of profound respect; noteworthy; (2) worthy of worship or adoration; (3) worthy of praise; laudable; (4) worthy of appreciation; thankworthy; (5) worthy to be enshrined; sacred; (6) worthy of devotion; hallowed; (7) worthy of reverence; blessed; (8) deserving of deference; exalted; (9) of the most holy stature; sacrosanct; sanctity

Comment: Genuine supreme spiritual experience is beyond emotion, tradition, or philosophy. Once we know God, even to the small extent possible for us, we realize he is worthy of worship by all intelligent beings.

Versatile

Definitions: (1) competent to act in any situation; flexible; pliable; (2) self-adjusting within the ever-growing complexity of the universe; self-correcting; (3) competent to spiritize human notions; adjuster; (4) available to satisfy any need; many-sided; resourceful; (5) able to make old things new; renewing; (6) ever-leading all beings toward the light; (7) skillful at turning and tuning a situation; deft

Comment: God does not do it all alone. As a matter of course (because of his absolute generosity) he gives away every task that can be done by any of his Sons or Daughters. As we become more like him, we will be able to serve to a greater degree.

Volitional

Definitions: (1) the personal exercise of the Divine free will; self-willed; (2) the all-wise choosing made manifest; self-disclosing; (3) self-determinative; the free interpretation of the original thought

Comment: The Creator respects his own decisions. God is the one Person with free will who completely understands the value of free will. Since he knows its value, he decided to gift us with free will as well. He will not stray from his own perfect decisions. He will never violate our free will. He will respect our free will even if we choose foolishly. Neither will he coerce or compel us to submit to his bidding. Instead, he has given us the opportunity to affectionately dedicate our will as a precious gift to him. We can decide to be in harmony with his all-wise volition.

W

Wisdom

Definitions: (1) the personal exercise of the Divine free will; self-willed; (2) the all-wise choosing made manifest; self-disclosing; (3) self-determinative; the free interpretation of the original thought

Comment: The Creator respects his own decisions. God is the one Person with free will who completely understands the value of free will. Since he knows its value, he decided to gift us with free will as well. He will not stray from his own perfect decisions. He will never violate our free will. He will respect our free will even if we choose foolishly. Neither will he coerce or compel us to submit to his bidding. Instead, he has given us the opportunity to affectionately dedicate our will as a precious gift to him. We can decide to be in harmony with his all-wise volition.


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