The Simplicity of God

30 09 2011

Simplicity of God

It is simple; He is ONE being.

Without parts, indivisible, and absolutely one.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.”

Deuteronomy 6:4

  • Thomas Aquinas, who thought the idea of divine simplicity is central, wrote in Summa Theologica that because God is infinitely simple, God can only appear to the finite mind as infinitely complex.

His attributes

Goodness, love, wrath, mercy, justice, omniscence, ect.

  • Every attribute of God is identical with his essence.
  • Each part of God is equally important and central

 To say God has attributes that are more important than the other

is

belittling Him.

 How to maintain spiritual unity?

Ephesians 4:2

 “With all lowliness and
meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love.”

Sources:

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2010/03/25/the-simplicity-of-god/

 http://www.mercydrops.com/Attributes/simplicity2.htm

http://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/stewart.cfm?id=1292

http://www.amazon.com/Summa-Thomas-Aquinas/dp/089870300X

http://philofreligion.homestead.com/files/thomas3.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_simplicity

http://www.soundofgrace.com/piper84/052784m.htm

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“God is Spirit” -Summary

21 09 2011

  “God is Spirit”

In “God is Spirit” by R.C Sproul, he says, that when we say God is a spirit we mean:

  • He is not physical or material.

Our Spirit:

Two questions you ask someone when you first met them is:

What is your name? and Where do you live?

  • We live where ever we are because WE are physical creatures.

Human beings are always beings that are somewhere.  Our existence is alwasy defined by our Locality

God’s Spirit:

  • He is a spirit, but in a different way.
  • God cannot be localized.  
  •  Everything that is physical has extension, but everything not physical has extenstion.

 God is a spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

This means God’s presence can never be restricted to one place because of his spirit.

 

BOTTOM LINE:

God has a spirit and so do we.

BUT

He is infinite and we are finite.

 





Existence of God

14 09 2011

Existence of God

                    All Religions stem from one truth told by prophets of many many years ago.  The truth is held in the Bible and different interpretations and beliefs posed by humanity grew from that truth. 

The  one TRUTH:

There is One God whom created all things.

  The QUESTION:

Which Religion is the right one?

Christianity is the one true religion. 

 I do not like the particular word, religion.  Christianity isn’t a religion; it is a relationship with God.

Other religions do not believe in Jesus because he comes into the picture in the New Testament. 

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 John 14:6

This is the truth; it must be the truth!

C.S. Lewis said in Mere Christianity that Jesus was either a Liar, Lunatic, or Lord.

Liar:

The first one is that Jesus was making false statements when he claims to be the Son of God and he knew he was lying.

  • Logically,  he was not a liar because everything he says has come true.  Most people will say that Jesus was a great prophet and teacher.  If he was lying he would not have obtainned that lable.  Especially from other religions.  Not to mention he had high morals which a liar would not have.

Lunatic:

The second one is that Jesus was making false statments and he DIDN’T know they were wrong. 

  • A lunatic would not proclaim wisdom and intellegent teachings like Jesus did.

Lord:

The third is that he is, in fact, the Lord and we all know it.

  • One can conclude that because we knocked out that he was not a liar or a lunatic then he must be Lord.  He must be telling the truth.

 





A Reason Why Other’s Doubt God’s Existence

6 09 2011

A Reason Why Other’s Doubt God’s Existence

Many people are logical thinkers.  They believe every question must have an apparent answer to back it up.  They think the miracles of God could never possibly happen or the fact God is invisible is outrageous.  Everything must be legitament and contain obvious evidence. 

The normal response from a Christian to the logical thinkers would be:

  • “you can’t see or feel air either, but it’s still there.” 

Their response to the statement above: 

There is proof.  There are physical effects from the air which can be measured and related to other things.  There is evidence. 

My response:

You can’t prove God doesn’t exist.  

There is actual evidence for God’s existence.  God has given us signs to let us know that he is real.  The nature, the world, how everything happened perfectly.  It may take faith to believe in God, but it takes A LOT more not to believe God is real.