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) the actual, correct, and exact truth; (2) truly existing in reality; not assumed to exist; (3) possessing the final perspective; (4) the ultimate object of desire; the final goal; (5) eminently fair; unbiased; right-minded; (6) the most valid value(s); (7) that which focuses light
Comment: Even though we are finite, God does not leave us in the dark, able only to know reality from a totally circumscribed, subjective (bottom up) point of view. We can know the most important Objective (top down) reality there is. We can know love.
(1) producing all varieties, forms, and kinds; multifarious; diverse
See Also: Creative
Definitions: (1) possessing unlimited power; almighty; (2) containing all actuals and potentials; (3) having infinite authority and influence; (4) maintaining total control; invincible; invulnerable; irrepressible; (5) able and competent to act with perfect correctness; (6) vigorous, lively
Comment: God’s power was the first great quality man understood – and feared. With the addition of wonder this fear was later supplanted by awe which was converted into reverence by the addition of respect for his power. Now we also have a greater appreciation of his good and merciful nature consequently we are motivated to love and worship him.
Definitions: (1) located anywhere and everywhere at all times; ever-present; (2) omnitemporal; (3) serving within creation; ubiquitous; (4) having infinite range; far-reaching; far-flung; boundless
Comment: All of the “omni’s” work together to hold all things and beings within the divine plan. God has to be everywhere (Omnipresent) so his all-powerfulness (omnipotence) can work with his absolute knowingness (omniscience). But we can continue to push the boundaries of our ideas about these attributes: from all space to all non-space, from all actuals to all potentials, from human persons to ultimate personalities, from consciousness to superconsciousness.
Definitions: (1) able to comprehend all deep and diverse reality; all-knowing; prescient; (2) capable of beholding everything; (3) able to see from every perspective all at once, omnispective; (4) able to hear all needs and respond to all thoughts; (5) possessing an infinite mind; intelligent; logical; rational; incisive; (6) aware of all things and able to synthesize them into a cohesive whole; cognizant; (7) having a complete and coherent perspective of everything; omnipercipient; (8) easily inventing new options and new realities; ingenious; (9) able to comprehend all incongruities and harmonize them; (10) able to commune with every person in the universe; perspicacious
Comment: We tend to think of intelligence in terms of human abilities. The smartest of us can hold several ideas at a time, can parse several lines of thought, and can do quick intuitive calculations. But we are like a single point compared to God. Everything has its existence in God. If God, for a split second, did not think about something (even a single atom) it would cease to exist. How much more precious is a singular soul? We can feel blessed and secure knowing God is always looking out for us.
Definitions: (1) individual autonomy; distinct; (2) exclusively what He Is; unique; unequaled; (3) indissoluble and indivisible; whole; (4) the singular preeminent Being; (5) the zenith; incomparable; matchless; paramount; peerless
Comment: The idea of One God grew first out of fear of the unknown, through reverence for the ghost spirits of the dead, then through nature spirits to pantheism, and on to henotheism (the few top gods), and finally to monotheism.
Definitions: (1) the originator and executioner of the overall plan of creation <with the ability to effectively and efficiently move reality forward according to this plan>; (2) the preparer of structure <physical and administrative>; (3) the designer of an interdependent system of organic cosmic order; <integrating nature, astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, etc.>; (4) the architect of the orderly and methodical mind; (5) presiding over organization; coordinator; director; (6) the expert correlator of all things, meanings, values, and beings
Comment: God’s plan is accommodating enough to encompass every possible set of decisions a person could make. His organization is so flexible as to offer just the right kind of help toward a more perfect state no matter where we are scattered along the road.