The Nature and Attributes of God Glossary
This is the Glossary for the Class: The Nature and Attributes of God.
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Definitions: (1) very grand and dignified; august; prestigious; (2) admirable; esteemed; (3) astoundingly magnanimous; (4) exquisite, marvelous; (5) the maker of miracles
Comment: God has everything and can loose nothing – no matter how much of himself he gives away. Even a human who has everything can afford to be magnanimous. How much more generous is The One who wants us to share in everything he is?
Definitions: (1) disposed to forgive in perfect measure; (2) willing to pardon; sympathetic; (3) giver of hope and granter of rest; (4) ready to show pity; compassionate; (5) eager to relieve suffering; kindhearted; (6) caregiver; the good shepherd
Comment: One of our current human definitions of mercy is to let someone off easy, even though they deserve punishment. This is not God’s way. He would not remove our opportunity to learn from our mistakes. One of the most sacred qualities we can acquire is responsibility. He knows we can learn to be accountable for our actions. We reap exactly what we sow – good or ill.
Definitions: (1) the co-head of the household <in this case: the universe> devoted to the care, welfare, and rearing of the family; (2) the second Person of The Trinity; The Eternal Mother Son; (3) the nurturing aspect of God; (4) the source of abundance; plenty; (5) the universe <as a non-personal reality>
Comment: God is not male or female, those are human biological designations. Yet God has been referred to as both Father and Mother from time immemorial. Even though there is only one God, there are many facets, many positive aspects we can differentiate and appreciate from our finite point of view.
Definitions: (1) stimulating wonder; inspiring fascination; hypnotic; (2) exciting curiosity; intriguing; (3) beyond our most appealing dreams; unfathomable; (4) so awesomely sacred as to cause speechlessness; ineffable
• In human spiritual experience, the fact of God and the love of God are not a mystery. Mystery appears when we begin to fathom the details of the spirit realm. The finite mind can know only what is in its frame, albeit this limited frame is ever expanding with experience and revelation. The soul can know more.
• God has no reason to use magic. He knows all of the tricks but resorts to none of them. His primary motive is to share himself. The desire to discover is fascinating to all personalities and is hardwired into every mind. We naturally seek to learn more, not only about ourselves but also about the habits (laws) of God and the universe. All things are discoverable with his help; progress is inevitable.
• Once the current mysteries are unveiled there will be new and intriguing ones to hold our awe.