The Nature of God

The Nature of God


God_far_sideA: Well, isn’t that nice.  (Hands story back)  So, uh…why the story?

B: To illustrate the difference in opting for sin as a way to find relief, instead of turning to God.  Hopefully it should be clear which choice is the better one – that is, the one that yields true happiness – and which choice is founded on a bunch of lies, alluring though it may be.  So alluring, at certain times, is the one choice in comparison to the other, in fact, that each of us fall to it on some of those occasions.  But God is still willing to have us back, even after all the lousy choices we make.

A: So is sin another one of your “temporary truths?”

B: Actually, I’d describe it as a “counterfeit truth,” because there’s no truth in what it claims at all, not even temporary – it only looks or seems like it is, or will bring, true happiness, just as a counterfeit item does.

Anyway, that’s, uh…

(A yawns)

…that’s about all I wanted to say about truth, including the eternal, temporary, and counterfeit kinds.

A (perking up): So you’ll be on your way, then?

B: No, I had a bunch of stuff to say about God.

(A hangs his head with an exasperated sigh)

So, right.  Let’s assume that there is a God, as I did before.  Perhaps the natural course to follow is to discuss His nature.  And the first thing that I’d like to assume about God – perhaps the attribute that distinguishes Him from any of us – is that He’s omniscient, meaning that if there is anything to know, then He knows it.  Which means, in particular, that He knows all truth, eternal or otherwise.  I will furthermore assume that He is also omnipotent, or possessing all power that there is.  This last little clarification precludes, for example, silly paradoxes like the one about whether God is able to create a rock large enough that He Himself cannot move it.  If God cannot do it, then it cannot be done at all.

One question that can be answered by the assertion of God’s omnipotence is the one about where the Universe and everything in it came from.  I’ll simply assume that God created it all.  Details

But of course I don’t know how.  I’m not going to concern myself with that question now, or perhaps ever.  The only belief I have about how God created everything is that, even though He is omnipotent and therefore able to create everything, He didn’t create anything from nothing, because (I believe) it’s simply impossible to do.  Anyway.

 An obvious consequence of God being the author of all Creation is that He created us.

A: What’s the big deal about God’s omnipotence and omniscience?  I mean, why would anybody care if He is or not?  Or that He created us?

B: That’s a durn-burn good questurn, surn.  The short answer is that He can thus help us be happy – which is great, since, being omniscient, He knows how to extract the maximum amount of happiness from truth.  But then that begs the question, happy in what way?  To answer it, I’ll need to take a minute, perhaps two, to discuss the question of what happiness – true happiness, as I mentioned above – itself is…


Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *