The Nature and Attributes of God Glossary


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Reality

Definitions: (1) in existence; (2) existential; (3) the objective fact; (4) indisputably actual

Comment: Are there any confirming means of identifying the truth of God? All such “proofs” are from personal experience. The first is the experience of the intellectual capacity for knowing God. The discovery, and self-verification of this intellectual idea, can be further substantiated by the personal and spiritual experience of loving and being loved in return. The observation that love, truth, beauty, goodness, and all other qualities of value are knowable in personal experience confirms ones confidence in non-physical, especially spiritual, facts.

Once the possibility of knowing God is verified, the second stage of proof becomes evident. This is the personal urge to find God. To the exact extent a person seeks God, does the Father pour in as much revelation of himself as can be received.

By this point, initial skeptical curiosity has been transformed through intellectual discovery and personal verification into reasonable faith. One is then tempted to experiment with the third stage of confirmation – the desire to be like God. Finding this possible is truly convincing.

Responsive

Definitions: (1) attentive and open-minded; (2) sensitive and compassionate; serving with graciousness; (3) the giver of answers; (4) the listener and granter of prayers; (5) the benefactor of insights; (6) the satisfier of curiosity; (7) the fulfiller of all needs

Comments:
• Just as all matter is responsive to material gravity, so too are all values subject to the absolute pull of spiritual gravity. And, luckily for us, souls are made of values.

• Our ability to accept the infinite love of God is not because he restricts his response to our needs in any way. He is always giving. We are the ones who cannot recognize his gracious gifts. We limit our receiving by our attitude, enlightenment, maturity, negative filters, openness, perspective, and willingness.

Righteous

Definitions: (1) the appropriate use of power; (2) establishment and governance of moral principles; ethical rectitude; (3) the wise use of judgment; reasonable and fair; (4) the source of the correctness of truth; (5) honorably noble

Comment: A person with a righteous character co-ordinates ideas, decisions, ideals, and truths thus helping to create an ever-expanding soul.