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WHAT  YOU  SHOULD  KNOW  ABOUT  GOD



What Is God Like?


Because God is infinite, a comprehensive definition providing a complete and exhaustive portrayal of God is impossible. However, we can give a definition of God insofar as we know him and know about him. The Bible reveals the attributes of God as revealed to humanity. We can say God is a being and then indicate the ways in which he is different from other beings.


God is with us. When considering the nature of God in relation to his created world, we usually speak of two concepts traditionally known as transcendence and immanence. Rather than exploring God's specific actions, these concepts regard his status in relationship to the world—the degree to which Go'd is present and active within the universe.


Immanence. God is present and active within nature, human nature, and history. Jeremiah 23:24 emphasizes God's presence throughout the whole universe: "'Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?' declares the Lord." The apostle Paul told the philosophers on Mars Hill, "Though he is not far from each one of us. 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your poets have said, 'We are his offspring'" (Acts 17:27-28).


Transcendence. The other aspect of the relationship of God to the world is the fact that he is separate from and independent of nature and humanity. God is not simply attached to or involved in his creation; he is superior in significant ways. "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord. 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts'" (Isa. 55:8-9).


Kierkegaard once wrote, "The remarkable thing about the
way in which people talk about God, or about their relation to
God, is that it seems to escape them completely that God hears
what they are saying. A man says, 'At the moment I have not the
time or the necessary recollection to think about God, but later on
perhaps.' Or better still a young man says, 'I am too young now;
first of all I will enjoy life—and then.' Would it be possible to talk
like that if one realized that God heard one?"


Philosophers and God. For Plato, God is the eternal mind, the cause of good in nature. Aristotle considered him to be "the first ground of all being." Benedict de Spinoza defined God as "the absolute, universal Substance, the real Cause of all and every existence: and not only the Cause of all being, but itself all being, of which every special existence is only a modification." Gottfried Leibniz said that the final reason of things is called God. Immanuel Kant defined God as a being who, by his understanding and will, is the cause of nature; a being who has all rights and no duties; the moral author of the world. For Johann Fichte, God was the moral order of the universe, actually operative in life. Georg Wilhelm Frederich Hegel considered God the absolute spirit, yet a spirit without consciousness until it becomes conscious in the reason and thoughts of man.


[A  LITTLE  OR  BIG  WAY  OFF  FOR  HEGEL;  GOD  HAS  MUCH  CONSCIOUSNESS  EVEN  IF  WE  DO  NOT  ACKNOWLEDGE  HIM  -  Keith Hunt]


God is the infinite and perfect Spirit in whom all things have their source, support, and end, according to Strong's definition.


The existence of God is automatically assumed by the Scriptures. Because of this, the Bible does not attempt to prove his existence, rather it is assumed. The Scriptures begin with the majestic statement, "In the beginning God." Such texts as Psalm 94:9-23 and Isaiah 40:12-31 are not proofs of God's existence, but rather analytical accounts of all that is involved in the idea of God.


[AS  A  CHILD  OF  7  I  WAS  FASCINATED  BY  ALL  THINGS  AROUND  ME  IN  NATURE,  EVERYTHING  I  SAW  IN   NATURE  WAS  TO  ME  BEAUTIFUL  AND  WONDROUS;  I  WAS  SENT  TO  A  CHURCH  OF  ENGLAND  SCHOOL;  I  REMEMBER  THE  FIRST  DAY  AS  IF  IT  WAS  YESTERDAY;  WE  WERE  GIVEN  A  BIBLE  AND  TOLD  TO  OPEN  IOT  TO  THE  FIRST  PAGE….. THE  TEACHER  BEGAN  TO  READ  “IN  THE  BEGINNING  GOD  CREATED  THE  HEAVENS  AND  THE  EARTH…….”  MY  BRAIN  LIT  UP  LIKE  A  LIGHT-BULB ——  “THERE’S  IT  IS,  THERE  IS  MY  ANSWER,  THERE  IS  SOMEONE  SO  MIGHT  AND  GREAT,  SO  POWERFUL  BEYOND  DESCRIPTION;  HE  IS  THE  ONE  WHO  MADE  ALL  I  SEE  AROUND  ME.”  I  BELIEVED  IN  GOD….BUT  FURTHER  THIS  BIBLE  I  HAD  WAS  HIS  WORD.  IF  THERE  WAS  A  GOS  SO  MIGHT,  AS  THERE  SURELY  WAS,  THEN  HE  HAD  THE  MIGHT  TO  TALK  TO  US  THROUGH  WORDS,  AND  COMPILE  MAMNY  OF  THEM  INTO  A  BOOK,  FOR  US  TO  READ  AND  KNOW  HIM  AND  HIS  WAYS  OF  LIFE  FOR  US  TO  LIVE  BY….I  THOUGHT  WOW!  THIS  IS  THE  ANSWER,  THIS  IS  SUPER  GREAT…. I  WILL  BE  ANXIOUS  TO  LEARN  MORE  -  SO  BEGAN  MY  WALK  WITH  THE  ETERNAL  CREATOR  OF  THE  UNIVERSE  -  Keith Hunt]

   

God is spirit. God is a substance. He is, however, not a material substance but a spiritual substance. Jesus said, "God is spirit" (John 4:24). Christ also said, "A spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have" (Luke 24:39 NASB) . The second commandment of the Decalogue, which forbids the making of any graven image or likeness of anything (Exod. 20:4), is based on the immaterial nature of God. So are the numerous commands against idolatry (see Lev. 26:1; Deut. 16:22).


God's body. What about the expressions that represent God as having bodily parts, such as hands, feet, eyes, and ears? These are anthropomorphic (assigning human form or character to God) and symbolic representations that serve to make God understandable and to express his various interests, powers, and activities.


[AND  THEY  ARE  MORE  THAN  THAT  -  THEY  ALSO  TELL  US  GOD  HAS  SHAPE  AND  FORM;  WE  SEE  THIS  IN  A  NUMBER  OF  PASSAGES  IN  THE  BIBLE;  PROVED  IN  OTHER  STUDIES  ON  THIS  WEBSITE.  WE,  GOD’S  CHILDREN,  SHALL  ONE  DAY  SEE  HIS  FACE  -  REVELATION  21.  WE,  MANKIND  WERE  MADE  IN  HIS  IMAGE,  BASIC  FORM  AND  SHAPE,  I  SAY  BASIC,  FOR  GOD  HAS  NO  NEED  FOR  EYE  LASHES,  OR  FINGER  NAILS  AND  THE  LIKE;  BUT  HE  IS  IN  THE  FORM  AND  SHAPE  AS  HUMANS  -  Keith Hunt]


God is invisible. God told Moses that no man could see him and live (Exod. 33:20). John says, "No one has seen God at any time" (John 1:18 nasb). Paul calls him "the invisible God" (Col. 1:15 NASB) and declares that no man has seen him or can see him (1 Tim. 6:16). Certain Scriptures, however, indicate that the redeemed will one day see God (Ps. 17:15; Matt. 5:8; Heb. 12:14; Rev. 22:4).


What about the Scriptures that say men saw God, such as Genesis 32:30; Exodus 3:6; 24:9-11; Numbers 12:6-8; Deuteronomy 34:10; and Isaiah 6:1? When one looks in a mirror, he or she in a sense sees oneself, yet does not literally see the true self. So men saw the reflection of God's glory, but they did not see his essence (Heb. 1:3). Then, too, spirit can be manifested in visible form (John 1:32). When Moses saw the "back" of God (Exod. 33:23), it was in response to his request to see the glory of the Lord (v. 18). Rather than literally and visibly seeing God, it is better understood that Moses saw the aftereffects of God.


[RIGHT  AND  WRONG:  GOD  (THE  ONE  WHO  BECAME  JESUS  THE  CHRIST)  DID  APPEAR  IN  HUMAN  FORM  TO  PEOPLE  IN  OLD  TESTAMENT  TIMES.  AND  MOSES  DID  SEE  THE  BACK  PART  OF  GOD  IN  GORLY  FORM,  IT  WAS  HIS  FACE  THAT  MAN  COULD  NOT  SEE  IN  GLORY  FORM  AND  LIVE.  A  FEW  IN  VISION  FORM  HAVE  SEEN  THE  THRONE  OF  GOD  -  ALL  THIS  PROVED  IN  OTHER  STUDIES  UNDER  THIS  SECTION  -  Keith Hunt]


Theophanies are manifestations of deity in visible form.

After he had wrestled with the man, Jacob said, "I saw God face to I face" (Gen. 32:30). "The angel of the Lord" was a visible manifestation of deity (Gen. 16:7-14; 18:13-33; 22:11-18; Exod. 3:2-5; Judg. 1 6:11-23; 1 Kings 19:5-7;2 Kings 19:35). In some of these passages, "the angel of the Lord" is identified simply as "the Lord."


[WHATEVER  FANCY  WORDS  PEOPLE  WANT  TO  PUT  THESE  PASSAGES  OF  GOD  BEING  IN  FLESH  AND  BONE,  THE  PLAIN  TRUTH  IS  GOD  CAN  BECOME  FLESH  AND  BONE,  NO  BLOOD  NEEDED,  AS  IT  IS  IMMORTAL  FLESH  AND  BONE;  SO  BECAME  JESUS  AFTER  HIS  RESURRECTION  TOWARDS  HIS  DISCIPLES;  THEY  COULD  TOUCH  HIM  AND  KNOW  IT  WAS  THE  SAME  JESUS  AS  BEFORE  BUT  WITHOUT  BLOOD.  WE  ARE  ALL  BUT  ATOMS;  ALL  THE  PHYSICAL  UNIVERSE  IS  ATOMS,  THAT  ACT  IN  SUCH  A  WAY  AS  TO  BE  MANIFESTED  AS  WHAT  WE  CALL  “PHYSICAL.”  SO  NO  SURPRISE  THEN  THAT  GOD  CAN,  IF  HE  DESIRES  SO,  MAKE  HIMSELF  PHYSICAL  FLESH  AND  BONE  -  Keith Hunt]


God is alive. The idea of spirit implies that God is not an inanimate substance but rather is alive. He is, therefore, called the "living" God (Josh. 3:10; 1 Sam. 17:26; Ps. 84:2; Matt. 16:16; 1 Tim. 3:15; Rev. 7:2). Life implies feeling, power, and activity. God has all of these (Ps. 115:3). He is also the source and support of all life: plant, animal, human, spiritual, and eternal (Ps. 36:9; John 5:26). The living God is always in contrast to dead idols (Ps. 115:3-9; Acts 14:15; 1 Thess. 1:9). Our God is alive. He sees, hears, and loves.


[HE  HAS,  LIKE  HE  GAVE  US  -  CONSCIOUSNESS  -  KNOWING  YOU  ARE  WHO  YOU  ARE  -  Keith Hunt]

    

God is a person. The only way of determining what spirit is like, apart from Scriptures, is by analogy with the human spirit. Since the human spirit is personal, the Divine Spirit must be personal as well, for otherwise he is of a lower order of being than humanity. What is the essence of personality? Self-consciousness and self-determination.


[HA  YES  SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS  AND  SELF -  DETERMINATION  -  WE  CAN,  AS  OPPOSED  TO  ALL  ANIMALS  -  REALIZE  WHAT  IS  RIGHT  AND  WRONG,  WHAT  IS  RIGHTEOUSNESS  AS  OPPOSED  TO  WHAT  IS  SIN  -  KeithHunt]


God is self-conscious and self-determinative. As conscious beings, we often think spontaneously, but do not always think about those thoughts. As self-conscious beings, however, we can relate and reflect on our personal feelings, appetites, and thoughts. Likewise, self-determination is more than determination. Humans have the feeling of freedom, are able to make choices, and can consider our motives and ends. The Scripture writers also ascribe both self-consciousness (Exod. 3:14; Isa. 45:5; 1 Cor. 2:10) and self-determination (Job 23:13; Rom. 9:11; Eph. 1:9, 11; Heb. 6:17) to God.


[YES  OF  COURSE  GOD  IS  ALL  THAT,  FOR  HE  GAVE  THAT  TPO  MANKIND  ALSO  -  Keith Hunt]


God has personality. The Bible reveals that God has intellect (Gen. 18:19; Exod. 3:7; Acts 15:18), sensibility (Gen. 6:6; Ps.103:8-14; John 3:16), and volition (Gen. 3:15; Ps. 115:3; John 6:38). Furthermore, it ascribes qualities and relations of personality to God. He is represented as speaking (Gen. 1:3), seeing (Gen. 11:5) hearing (Ps. 94:9), grieving (Gen. 6:6), and repenting (Gen. 6:6); and being angry (Deut. 1:37), jealous (Exod. 20:5), and compassionate (Ps. 111:4). He is said to be the creator (Acts 14:15), upholder (Neh. 9:6), ruler (Ps. 75:7; Dan. 4:32), and sustainer of all things (Ps. 104:27-30; Matt. 6:26-30).


The Bible calls him "the blessed God" (1 Tim. 1:11). Ancient Greeks used the word blessed to describe the rich and powerful—society's upper crust—and to label the gods, who could have whatever they wanted and do as they pleased.


God is self-existent. While humanity's ground of existence is outside ourselves, God's existence is not dependent upon anything outside himself. As Thomas Aquinas said, "He is the first cause, Himself uncaused." His self-existence is implied in his affirmation, "I am who I am" (Exod. 3:14).


God is immense. God is infinite in relation to space. He is not limited or bound by space; on the contrary, all finite space is dependent on him. He is, in fact, above space. Scripture clearly teaches God's immensity (1 Kings 8:27; 2 Chron. 2:6; Pss. 113:4-6; 139:7-12; Isa. 66:1; Jer. 23:24; Acts 17:24-28). Due to the spirituality of his nature and our inability to think in spaceless terms, God's immensity is a difficult doctrine to comprehend. God is both immanent and transcendent, and he is everywhere present in essence as well as in knowledge and power.


[NATURALLY  GOD  HAS  TO  BE  ABOVE  ANYTHING  WE  HUMANS  KNOW  OR  SEE…… IN  THE  FULLNESS  OF  GOD,  THE  HUMAN  MIND  CANNOT  COMPREHEND  ALL  THAT  HE  IS,  AND  ALL  THAST  HE  CAN  DO.  HE  SHOWS  US  A  LITTLE  OF  HIS  POWER  THROUGH  THE  CREATED  UNIVERSE,  WHICH  MUCH  OF  IT,  LIKE  “DISTANCE”  IN  LIGHT  YEARS,  THE  HUMAN  MIND  CANNOT  COMPREHEND  IN  REALITY;  HOW  CAN  YOU  COMPREHEND  A  THOUSAND  LIGHT  YEARS,  LET  ALONE  A  MILLION  OR  A  BILLION  LIGHT  YEARS (GOING  AT  THE  SPEED  OF  186,000  MILES  A  SECOND)…..  AND  GOD  IS  ABOVE  AND  BEYOND  ALL  THAT  -  Keith Hunt]

  

God is eternal. God is infinite in relation to time. He is without beginning or end, is free from all succession of time, and is the cause of time. He is called "the Everlasting God" (Gen. 21:33 NASB) The psalmists say, "From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God" (Ps. 90:2 KJV) and "Thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end" (Ps. 102:27 KJV). Isaiah represents God as "the high and exalted One Who lives forever" (Isa. 57:15 NASB). Paul says that God "alone possesses immortality" (1 Tim. 6:16 NASB).


[STRANGE  HOW  PEOPLE  LIKE  THESE  AUTHORS  CAN  SITE  AND  READ  THE  WORDS  “ALONE  POSSESSES  IMMORTALITY”  BUT  PROBABLY,  LIKE  MOST  CATHOLICS  AND  PROTESTANTS,  BELIEVE  THAT  HUMANS  ARE  IMMORTAL  VIA  HAVING  AN  IMMORTAL  SOUL  -  Keith Hunt]


Gregory the Great once said, "God is within all things, but not included; outside all things, but not excluded; above all things, but not beyond their reach."


Eternity for God is one "now," one eternal present. In Scripture this is referred to as "the day of eternity" (2 Peter 3:18 NASB) and "today" (Ps. 2:7). God sees the past and the future as vividly as he sees the present. In other words, a person may view a procession from the top of a high tower, seeing the whole procession at one glance, or he or she may view it from the street corner, where only one part can be seen at a time. God sees the whole as one unit, although he is aware of the sequence in the procession.


[OR  HE  CAN  ZERO  IN  ON  ANY  PART  OF  IT  PER  SE;  BUT  SOME  DETAILS  OF  THE  FUTURE,  AS  I  PROVE  IN  OTHER  STUDIES,  GOD  HAS  WILLED  HIMSELF  NOT  TO  KNOW,  AS  SHOCKING  AS  THAT  MAY  BE  FOR  MOST  PEOPLE  TO  UNDERSTAND;  THEY  HAVE  MISSED  CERTAIN  SCRIPTURES  THAT  PROVE  THAT  IS  SO  -  Keith Hunt]


God is the cause of time. The reference to God in Isaiah 9:6 may be translated "Father of Eternity." Both time and space are among "all things" that "came into being through him" (John 1:3 NRSV). Time will someday merge into eternity (1 Cor. 15:28).


[WELL  TIME  IS  REALLY  ALREADY  IN  ETERNITY;  THERE  IS  NO  BEGINNING  OF  TIME  AS  SUCH,  WITH  GOD  IN  THE  PICTURE,  AND  THERE  IS  NO  END  OF  TIME  WITH  GOD  IN  THE  PICTURE.  TIME  FOR  MAN  IS  BASED  ON  THE  PHYSICAL  SINCE  MANKIND  CAME  INTO  BEING;  WE  LOOK  AT  PHYSICAL  THINGS  HAPPENING  AS  THEY  DID  IN  WHAT  WE  CALL  THE  PAST,  AND  PHYSICAL  THINGS  AS  THEY  ARE  HAPPENING  IN  THE  IMMEDIATE  PRESENT;  IN  THE  PRESENT  I  WILL  NOW  PUT  MY  FINGER  ON  THIS  KEYBOARD ….PRESENT,  NOW PAST….SPLIT  SECOND  IT  WAS  PRESENT  THEN  PAST.  PHYSICAL  THINGS  HAPPENING  AROUND  US  GIVE  US  A  SENSE  OF  TIME.  WHEN  WE  SLEEP  WE  LOOSE  THE  SENSE  OF  TIME,  WE  COULD  SAY  WE  ARE  OUT  OF  TIME,  BUT  AWAKENING  AND  LOOK  AT  THE  CLOCK  WE  KNOW  WE  HAD  NO  SENSE  OF  TIME,  FOR  6, 7, 8,  HOURS  OF  SLEEP  WE  JUST  HAD.  GOD  NEEDS  NO  SLEEP,  WE  COULD  SAY  THAT  HE  IS  EVER  IN  THE  PRESENT;  HE’S  PRESENT  FOR  ALL  AND  EVERYTHING  EVERYWHERE;  OF  COURSE  AN  EXPLOSION  OF  A  STAR  IS  PRESENT  TO  HIM,  THEN  IT  IS  ALSO  PAST  TO  HIM,  SO  GOD  FROM  PHYSICAL  THINGS  ALSO  HAS  A  SENSE  OF  PRESENT  AND  PAST,  AND  WHY  NOT  HE  MADE  US  IN  HIS  IMAGE.  AND  GOD  SAYS  HE  SOMETIMES  CALLS  THINGS  DONE  WHEN  THEY  ARE  YET  TO  BE  DONE,  BECAUSE  WITH  GOD  HAVING  POWER  OVER  THE  FUTURE  ALSO,  IT  IS  CERTAIN  TO  BE  DONE  -  Keith Hunt]


All contentment is a foretaste of eternity where "God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away" (Rev. 21:3-4).


God is unified. The unity of God means that there is one God and that the divine nature is undivided and indivisible. "Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one!" (Deut. 6:4 nasb). That there is but one God is the great truth of the Old Testament (Deut. 4:35, 39; 1 Kings 8:60; Isa. 45:5-6). The same truth is frequently taught in the New Testament (Mark 12:29-32; John 17:3). Unity implies that the three persons of the Trinity are not separate within the divine essence.


[AGAIN  I  STATE  THE  BIBLE  TEACHES  NO  “TRINITY”  -  THE  GODHEAD  IS  TWO  SEPARATE  INDIVIDUALS  -  ALL  THE  VISIONS  OF  THE  THONE  OF  GOD  IN  HEAVEN  GIVEN  IN  THE  BIBLE,  THERE  ARE  TWO  GODHEAD  PERSONS  SEEN,  NOT  THREE.  ALL  OF  THIS  TRUTH  IS  COVERED  IN  DETAIL  IN  OTHER  STUDIES  UNDER  THIS  SECTION  -  Keith Hunt]


God is not merely one, he is the only God. Only one infinite and perfect being exists. The unity of God allows for personal distinctions in the divine nature, while at the same time recognizing that the divine nature is numerically and eternally One.


[YES  THE  “ONE”  NUMBER  OFTEN  CONFUSES  PEOPLE,  BUT  IT  IS  EXPLAINED  BY  GOD  HIMSELF,  WHEN  HE  SAID  MAN  AND  WOMAN  IN  MARRIAGE  BECOME  ONE.  SO  PUT  IT  ANOTHER  WAY  -  GOD’S  ARITHMETIC  IS  NOT  ALWAYS  LIKE  MANKIND’S  ARITHMETIC  -  GOD  CAN  SAY  ONE  PLUS  ONE  =  ONE!  :-))  -  Keith Hunt]

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