The Nature and Attributes of God Glossary


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Gentle

Definitions: (1) heeding the need of others delicately and with sensitivity (2) possessing a good heart; softhearted; (3) able to handle any situation smoothly and with touching tenderness; (4) self-composed; serene; (5) noble; royal; lordly

Comment: We see, seemingly, dissimilar qualities come together in the same human being; such as strong and gentle, all of the time. If opposites can be so agreeably combined in humans, then all the more possible in the One who is the originator of all that is good.

Glorious

Definitions: (1) deserving praise; adorable; (2) controlling the highest degree of excellence; (3) possessing sublime beauty and awesome splendor; magnificent; (4) better, by far, than can be imagined

Synonyms: There are dozens, if not hundreds, of superlatives used to describe God. And, of course, he deserves to be thought of in the loftiest of concepts. I have chosen only a few to put on this Chart. Others would be: astonishing, breathtaking, dazzling, entrancing, lustrous, stunning, terrific, wonderful, and so on.

Comment: It is difficult to believe in a being who cannot be seen and touched with the normal physical means of proof. But experience is deeper than the five senses. Belief may be necessary at first, but it is intellectual. Faith is an experience of a living relationship between you and God.

God

Definitions: (1) the personal aspect of deity; (2) the one uncaused reality; (3) the first, best, and highest being in existence

     See Also: Deity and Divinity

Comment: God started it all going. He lets it run its course with the aid of beings who he also created that have a place in the scheme of things. God is supernatural, above nature, as well as in nature, but nature is not God.

Goodness

Definitions: (1) unconditional kindness; unselfishly generous; charitable beyond bounty; beneficent; (2) gracious and attractive; virtuous; (3) blameless; unimpeachable; (4) praiseworthy; desirable; (5) deserving of respect; honorable; (6) a euphemism for God

Quote: Do good without thought of benefit to the self. Goodness begets goodness, but to the one who is truly good, evil also begets goodness. True goodness is like water. It blesses everything and harms nothing. And like water, the true goodness of the Supreme seeks the lowest places, even those levels which others avoid. — Lao-Tse, Taoism

Comment: Good is not good only in contrast to evil. Evil (even if encompassing stupidity, sin, and iniquity) only makes up a very small portion of the universe - a few dark spots on a pure, clean background. Evil is measurably separate from true Goodness, sometimes a little and sometimes a lot. Selfish, misguided, and immature beings with only a finite amount of information have been given the right to choose. And that free will was given by The One Person who wishes nothing more than to share his infinite goodness.


Great

Definitions: (1) the best there is; (2) the most important; renowned; (3) the most noble and notable of thought and action; distinguished; dignified; (4) superior; eminent; celebrated; (5) impressive; remarkable; grand; (6) extraordinary; splendid; (7) The Great Spirit

Comment: Whether one is talking about magnitude, quantity, or quality, God is the greatest possible.