From the book:
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]