The Nature and Attributes of God Glossary


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Saviour

Definitions: (1) showing the way to salvation; heroic; (2) rescuing from harm; deliverer; (3) the liberator from fear and death; (4) the retriever of souls; resurrector; (5) restoring to good standing; saving grace; (6) the vindicator of faith; (7) the rehabilitator of wrong thinking; healer; (8) the compensator for imperfection; (9) the destroyer of sin

Quote: You are all my children, and I am your Father. For age upon age, you have been scorched by multitudinous woes, and I have saved you all. — Buddhism, Lotus Sutra 3

Comment: There is no free ride, but we do get some help when we need it and ask for it.

Self-aware

Definitions: (1) aware of the self-evident fact of His own Divinity; autotheistic; (2) aware of His own existence; self-realizing; (3) aware of His own personality and individuality; self-knowing; (4) knowing His own mind; self-possessed; (5) cognizant of His own actions; self-accepting; (6) conscious of His own attributes and character; self-respecting

Comment: No quality or characteristic lives in a vacuum. Since God is personal he is, at least, conscious. Since we are also personal and conscious, we understand the feeling. Our consciousness is ever advancing. God’s consciousness is ever-aware.


Self-revealing

Definitions: (1) willing to disclose His attributes to His creatures; (2) willing to make known His will to His creation; (3) willing to speak of His nature to the universe; (4) the assurance of truth

Comment: God is willing and able to impart fact, meaning, and value whenever the doors of the mind and heart are open. Revelation takes many forms depending on the ability and the willingness of the listener. One form is inspiration: auto-inspiration (just between you and God) or public inspiration, as with inspired writings. Another form is science. By study and discovery we find out more about the marvelous nature of our surroundings and with that the nature of The Maker of those things, systems, and forms. Revelation is often by association; the putting of two and two together. We are constantly integrating what we know and coming up with fresh insights. And maybe the most revealing of all is figuring out how to have loving relationships with others.

Sharing

Definitions: (1) giving freely of Himself; selfless; (2) desiring the beings of His creation to participate in the joys of the creation to an ever increasing degree; magnanimous; (3) the great teacher; generous; (4) contributing everything possible; munificent; (5) liberal with rewards; altruistic; big-hearted; (6) serving His children; benefactor

Comment: Before God started time, before he created space, he was complete. Nonetheless he could not deny his fundamental nature. He decided to start the ball rolling because he is a giving Person. When we decide to share the meanings and values of our inner life with him we are partaking of that divine nature.

Source

Definitions: (1) the cause of causes; (2) the antecedent of energy and matter; (3) the origin of personality; the I AM; (4) the ancestral spirit; (5) the progenitor of mind; (6) the heart of goodness; (7) the foremost authority and distributor of truth; (8) the basis and pattern of beauty; (9) the font of love; (10) the initiator of life; (11) the spark of light; (12) the inaugurator of service; (13) the Father of all brothers and sisters

Comment: All things, meanings, values, and persons are traced back to The Source of all reality. The way is broad enough to carry all of us back to him no matter what route we decide to take. Each of us is unique. The predictable ways make us feel safe; the unpredictable ways make things interesting.

Sovereign

Definitions: (1) the manager of all cosmic forces; controller; (2) the ruling authority over all others; all-prevailing; omniprevalent; (3) holding the reigns of power; in charge; (4) responsible for His followers; master; lord; (5) influential in the hearts of His subjects; tactful; (6) possessing overshadowing virtue; minister; (7) uninfluenced by bargaining; indomitable

Synonyms: commander, commanding, dominant, governing, governor, imperial, in control, king, leader, leading, masterful, mechanizer, monarch, overcontroller, regal, supervising, supervisor

Comment: We are sovereign over our own (God given) free will choices. God is sovereign over all else.

Spirit

Definitions: (1) the breath of life; alive; (2) super-consciousness; high-minded; (3) the animating principle; inspiration; (4) the source of ideals and values; qualitative reality; (5) the invisible higher vibrational reality; supernatural; (6) the supreme moral and ethical standard; (7) the spiritualizing influence; (8) the father of the soul <the mother of the soul is the mind>; (9) the Holy Spirit; the Spirit of the Universe Mother Spirit; (10) the third Person of The Trinity; the Infinite Spirit

Comment: Nothing material can transcend itself. We are physical and our bodies live and die. Our will is capable of choosing superfinite values and incorporating them into our being. Our soul lives on because it is made of the more basic spiritual substance of the universe: Spirit.

Stability

Definitions: (1) impossible to move or be thrown off balance; steady; fixed; (2) immutable in character; steadfast; (3) changeless; (4) unvarying in purpose; dauntless; (5) unified in administration; permanent; (6) full of composure; self-possessed; (7) holding the equilibrium of the universe; firm; solid; (8) trustworthy; stalwart; (9) self-sufficient

Comment: Things are constantly changing for finite beings. The one sure thing we can count on is the consistency inherent in, and caused by, the stability of God.


Superadditive

Definitions: (1) the extra and unexpected characteristics present when two (or more) are added together; (2) something more than, and something different from, the predictable additive consequences

     See Also: Harmony and Integrity