4The Nature of God God is Mystery That which is beyond our comprehensionThen how can we speak of God?By meditating on His effects we can:Know something of their causeShed a pinpoint of light on God HimselfThat is allThe Nature of God
5The Attributes of God God exists absolutely God is the source of being, or existence, for all things.In every creature there is a distinction between its essence and its existence; that there is a difference between what things are and the fact that they are.In God there can be no such distance between what he is and that he is.God must be identical with the fullness of beingThe Attributes of God
6God is the very fullness of being The Attributes of GodGod is infiniteLimitation involves nonbeingFinite or limited beings require a condition or cause for existenceThere can be no limitation in GodGod is the very fullness of being
7The Attributes of God God is One GOD MUST BE ONE If God is without limit there can not be more than one God for there would have to be some difference between them. One could not be where the other was.GOD MUST BE ONE
8GOD IS NOT A MATERIAL BEING The Attributes of GodGod is SpiritualTo be a material being is to be a body of some kind. But a body is always limited and subject to change. God is the limitless fullness of being so God can not be a body.GOD IS NOT A MATERIAL BEING
9God is not bound by the kind of changing being which time measures. The Attributes of GodGod is EternalSince God is not material, He is not spatially limited. God can not be subject to time. For God is the creator of everything that changes: everything that raises a question about its own being.God is not bound by the kind of changing being which time measures.
10The Attributes of God The Incarnation God took upon himself, in Christ, a human nature, which included time, space and matter.This presupposes that The Divine Nature is different from human nature.Only because God is not temporal,can He become temporal
11God must be other than his creation God exists in all things. God is Transcendent & ImmanentGod can not be part of the universe. If he were, he would be limited by other parts of it. But God is the Creator of all things, giving them their total being.God must be other than his creationGod exists in all things.In Him we live and move and have our being.
12God is IntelligentGod is the creator and sustainer of all things. Everyone of these things has an intelligible structure, and fits within a system of intelligible structure.It is reasonable to affirm that if the created structure is intelligent then God is intelligent.
13Their can be no real barriers to God’s knowing or acting The Attributes of GodGod is Omniscient and OmnipotentApart from himself, God has created everything there is to be known and sustains it in his being.Their can be no real barriers to God’s knowing or acting
14God is good to the fullest The Attributes of GodGod is GoodGod is the source of all being.Therefore God can not be evil in any way.A thing is good of its kind if it succeeds in being that kind of thing to its fullest.God is good to the fullest
15The Life of God Remains a Mystery We can reasonably assert that these things are true; but we do not, cannot, know how.The Life of GodRemains a Mystery
16Do we have the authority to change the names of God used by Christ, the Bible and the Church? Historically all ancient religions other than Judaism had goddesses as well as gods.The Jewish revelation was distinct in its exclusively masculine pronoun because of its unique theology of divine transcendence.The masculine pronoun safeguards:The transcendence of God against the illusion that nature is born from God rather than created.The grace of God against the illusion that we can somehow save ourselvesIs God a He?
18God is Transcendent & Immanent God is Omniscient and Omnipotent Attributes of GodGod is MysteryGod exists absolutelyGod is ImmutableGod is infiniteGod is OneGod is SpiritualGod is EternalThe IncarnationGod is Transcendent & ImmanentGod is IntelligentGod is GoodGod is Omniscient and Omnipotent