- Apr 28, 2014
How do you define god? What characteristics does god possess?
Don't be modest. I know you're smarter than it am. Probably been a Christian a lot longer too.Huntingteckel's answer IS a good one, but there are others...I will give one here for your consideration...God is so transcendent in His essence that the Orthodox believe one of the best ways we can understand "God" it twofold...
First (a), by how He has revealed Himself in person and word and second (from the human limitation) by understanding what He is not (b)...
He is eternal (thus not limited by space and time)
He is the Creator (thus not subject to the nature or laws of creation)
He is all powerful (not limited by natural concepts of power)
He is loving (not impersonal or indifferent)
He is all knowing (not limited to what happens as a source of knowing)
He knows the end from the beginning (thus not surprised by any development or choice)
When He says something will happen if one path is followed and something else if a different choice is made, it does happen (thus not unable to keep His word...He can be counted on and trusted)
And the list can go on...but you get the idea...
Defining God without scripture from Him, is beyond our ability. We need to just accept that. We cannot percieve a first and last / alpha and omega. We are a creation = fact. Scripture = truth, is a fact we can know. Hence, God is first = fact we need to accept 'as is'. Trying to grasp it = headache.How do you define god? What characteristics does god possess?
Definitely. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.KJ -So we can rely on the bible to know the nature of god? I remember 23 or so traits from my reading of it.
I disagree! I do not think God is His creation, therefore, I do not think God is evil (but that's another whole discussion that perhaps we should have in another thread). For example, God in some ways has posed limitations upon Himself (patiently practices Self restraint) by allowing man to have dominion, and some creatures to have the ability to act independent of His control and compulsion (hence Satan's rebellion)...and in these (as well as other factors) "evil" is equated with acting in opposition to God and to what is His intended best interest for creation...A -So god is everything: both good and evil?
Isaiah 45:7 (KJV)I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the lord, am the one who does these things. (Isaiah 45:7 NLT)
No mention of evil.
We're not talking about "darkness" but "evil".I form ohr, and create choshech; I make shalom, and create rah; I Hashem worketh all these things. (Yeshayah 45:7 OJB)
Darkness, translated from the Hebrew word: “Choshech”: Root word Chosh, which is the root word for lacked, missing, unenergetic, lacking energy, powerless, beyond repair, aimless, hopeless, feared, suspected, secret, secret place, worthless, meaningless. Darkness or Choshech is all of the previous descriptions.