The Nature and Attributes of God Glossary

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Definitions: (1) all parts combined in a proportionate, consistent, and agreeable arrangement; congruous; disparate separations adapted to each other; (2) everything in accord with every other thing; fitting together elegantly; (3) balance; consonance; equilibrium; (4) greater than the sum of its parts; superadditive; super-symmetry; (5) concordant convergence as in music and poetry resonating melodiously beyond the individual notes or words; (6) peaceful; tranquil


• When God separated the whole into parts he created relationships. Every relationship creates a tension. In the absolute all unresolved tensions are equitably settled, often by the creation of new reality. Some of the tensions created and resolved were: potential and actual resolved by growth; infinite and subinfinite resolved in space through time; personal and impersonal resolved by mind. God is a creator; not a static fact in a state of absolute completion but alive and able to share, enrich, and excite reality.

• We experience much which is out of balance and in need of integration. This is the condition of things in our finite reality. Perfection in the infinite is inherent, but in our state of existence perfection is progressive.

• The natural and necessary consequence of perfect harmony of qualities and attributes in God is their mutually limited relationship. Each is consistent with all others; nothing is out of balance.

• “Super-symmetry” [definition number four] refers to the attempt, now almost exclusively in mathematics, to unify the divergent laws and forces which govern the universe. With God this equilibrium is inherent in his perfect divine poise.


Definitions: (1) available for service; (2) rendering assistance; mediating; (3) making the way clearer; guiding; (4) aiding in the growth of each individual; fostering; (5) supportive toward the objective; sustaining; cooperative; (6) improving all conditions; ministering; (7) provident; (8) elevating the mind to beneficial ideas and ideals

Comment: We can moderate our attitudes and behavior by asking for help, as in prayer. God will help in every way possible but he will not interfere in our personal choice process. The type of help received may be surprising, but in retrospect it will always be completely confirmed as wise and lovingly helpful. Prayer opens up the mind to sublime thinking often resulting in practical insight.