The Nature and Attributes of God Glossary


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Patient

Definitions: (1) ministering to the growth of progressive beings; accommodating the needs of growing children; (2) steady perseverance in performing all tasks; diligent; (3) steadfast and consistent action; abiding; (4) self-controlled; long-suffering; even-tempered; (5) incapable of being provoked or angered; refraining from retaliation for wrongs committed; forbearing; tolerant; (6) the reliever of anguish

Comment: The Supreme Being possesses absolute patience. His patience in helping his finite family work out their perfection in time is boundless. He will continue to exhibit ultimate patience when the transcended time/space level of reality is reached. After that he still has the patience to offer an infinite number of unimaginable wonders within the absolute.

Pattern

Definitions: (1) the discernible, coherent design upon which to base the total system; (2) the original arrangement and example of form; (3) the primary, discrete set of priorities from which all things are derived; (4) the original model for all subsequent reality; (5) the physical, personal, mindal, and spiritual guide showing the way; (6) the Person or ideal worthy of imitation and copying; (7) generosity sufficient to create all that divine pattern requires

Comment: God is the original pattern. The idea of a tree existed before the first seed took root. Form follows function. Function follows intention. His intention is Love. We think of the physical world as the most real of things, yet matter is the slow energy pattern of the pure substantive reality. DNA is the simple structural pattern; adding life to it is the source of the real skill. Light contains the rainbow. Vibration contains the symphony. Love contains the baby’s giggle, the helping hand, and the answers.

Perfect

Definitions: (1) complete in all respects; without defect or omission; flawless; (2) thoroughly excellent; faultless; (3) completely correct and accurate; exact; precise; (4) without reserve or qualification; pure; impeccable; (5) totally effective; expertly proficient; (6) the ultimate ideal; the highest position; the acme; (7) nothing wanting; finished; (8) the creator of the desire to attain perfection

Comment: Our imperfection is part of the divine plan. We are designed to grow. God experiences growth through sharing our consciousness and adventures.

Personal

Definitions: (1) the original conscious, volitional being; (2) the source and destiny of all subsequent personalities; (3) the being who is designing, deciding, and directing creation; (4) agreeable; good-natured; friendly

Comment: Personality is not simply an attribute of God; it is the co-ordination of a unified will, an infinite nature, and their universally revealed expression. We can have an idea of a supreme force but we can only have a relationship with a person. Each and every person is unique and, if seen in its pure form, enjoyable. Only a person can love and be loved, and if that Person is God then the love coming in our direction is immense.

Positive

Definitions: (1) the best there is; the highest ideal; (2) independent of changes; absolutely objective; (3) beyond all doubt or qualification; undeniable; sure; (4) full of conviction; certain; confident; resolute; (5) affirming of practical reality; (6) directing everything with constructive momentum toward progress; (7) contributing to everyone’s growth; constructive

Comment: So many institutional religions look to move away from the negative, preventing sin and avoiding evil. The positive attitude is to turn your sight to the light, embracing goodness, seeking truth, and appreciating beauty.

Prime

Definitions: (1) the first; the original; (2) not deriving from something or someone else; authentic; (3) the ruling authority; (4) the most important one; standing alone; prominent; (5) the highest and best value; premier; (6) the source; the beginning; the first cause; (7) the one who prepares the stage; (8) unspoiled; pristine; beautiful

Comment: The First Source and Center is primal in all domains: finite and infinite, personal and impersonal, actual and potential, static and dynamic. Everything and everyone in existence is dependent upon the Prime Reality.

Providence

Definitions: (1) divine solicitude and direction; (2) the guiding force; fostering; (3) having and showing foresight; understanding; (4) the preparer of nurturance; (5) the provider of fundamental needs, <a planet to stand on, a body to inhabit, a spirit to guide us, a mind to understand with, choices to learn from, and a personality to unite it all>; (6) conscientious and prudent management; (7) considerate regard of the individual within the total circumstances; (8) the one who gets things moving; expediter; (9) the devoted guardian; the diligent caretaker; the assiduous defender; (10) the protector, preserver, and promoter of value; (11) willing to walk hand in hand; participative; (12) the bridge maker

Comment: Intervention is a character sometimes attributed to Divine Providence. From our point of view it may seem like the hand of God is changing the natural course of events but when seen from a larger perspective it is the efficient motion of the total plan unfolding as it should. God will not interfere with our free will, yet we are held in his tender watch-care.

Pure

Definitions: (1) perfect; (2) the essential spirit; fine; (3) clean; pristine; (4) genuine; objectively real; (5) in harmony; one; (6) self-evident; the initial a priori truth; indispensable; (7) immaculate; impeccable; unadulterated; (8) free from defects; faultless; spotless; (9) indestructible; inviolate; (10) untainted with evil or guilt; innocent; blameless; irreproachable

Comment: Like substances attract. The pure nature of God purifies the human heart as it moves toward its source.