The Nature and Attributes of God Glossary


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Law

Definitions: (1) obedient to foreknowledge and wisdom; dutiful; (2) the giver of the innate ability to know fact from fiction and right from wrong; (3) the instigator of the principles of the actions of nature; (4) the giver of the divine command: “Be you perfect” from which all other law is derived; indisputable fixed clarity; (5) efficient; exact

Comments:

• Since God’s actions are so well considered, they are often the same from one circumstance to the next. Thus his actions have been codified into the immutable laws of nature, physics, and all other branches of reality. But, since God is first a loving Person, consistency does not imply reality has a slavish hold on him, but rather a continual reaffirmation of his all-wise overcare. All of his actions show his volitional free will.

• Law is the foundation of the mercy ladder. Without law there would be no balanced justice; without justice, no insightful fairness; without fairness, no trusting patience; without patience, no unselfish kindness; without kindness, no genuine mercy; and mercy leads to the source and destiny of love.

Life

Definitions: (1) animation of pattern and energy by Spirit upon matter; (2) that vital spark which allows an organism to absorb energy, associate with mind, grow, adapt, and reproduce; (3) the vivifier and revivifier; (4) the essential element of continued existence; soul; (5) the gift of consciousness

Comment: The loss of (physical) life has always been, and continues to be, the most fearsome and mysterious of facts. The first fact – the existence of a loving God – frees us from this greatest of worries. Our restored (heavenly) life is assured if we assimilate the indestructible substances of the universe: values.

Light

Definitions: (1) that which makes it possible to see; showing the way; (2) extremely beautiful; ravishing; (3) broadcasting love; radiant; (4) emitting health; glowing; (5) diffusion of mental knowledge; enlightening; (6) emanating spiritual knowledge; elucidating; (7) free from burden; infused with joy

Comment: God is pure light. There is no darkness in Light, especially not in The Source and creator of light. All of God’s choices are good. Of course, there is no evil in God. Even though he gave us free will, he did not create evil. Evil is the result of immature and unwise choosing, a shadow across the Light.

Love

Definitions: (1) the personification of all true, beautiful, and good qualities; God; (2) the greatest of all excellent qualities; the source of all positive qualities; (3) charitable; (4) endowed with admirable balanced qualities; (5) ability to give and draw intense interest or affection; (6) God’s benevolent concern for his creation; (7) the ability to elicit great pleasure

Comments:

• God is Love. Love is God’s way. Love is the desire to do good for others. Love is genuine and unselfish. Love is the greatest thing in the universe and it can be attached to any person. Love is dynamic. Love is alive. Love is best understood in relationships.

• From our point of view, there are many qualities. To God there is only one. If we parse absolute love, we will discover all of the qualities we recognize, and project the probability of many more. Yet in him they fit together perfectly. He self-limits and balances every quality with every other quality. He is the ideal harmony of love.