56 0 obj <> endobj However, we have to realize that all of our discussions about God’s attributes are going to ultimately be inadequate. However, almost all agree that God is ‘maximally great’ – that with. For centuries, philosophers have reflected on and analyzed the variety of religious concepts and symbols among the religions, and the concept of God or Ultimate Reality has been one of the most dominant. He knows and sees everything. What are the attributes of God? With characteristic clarity and forthrightness, Dr. Nash judiciously evaluates competing conceptions of deity, and in the end recommends an understanding of God that is both theologically sound and philosophically acceptable." The Akan regard human and non-human forms of life as constituting a single, undifferentiating whole. Note that some attributes of God are mentioned in association with other divine characteristics. endstream endobj 70 0 obj<>stream 0000002755 00000 n Because God is a personal Spirit… I will seek intimate fellowship with Him. Classifying God’s Attributes. To walk with God is to walk by faith. LANDMARKS OF BAPTIST DOCTRINE© problem being that their concept of sovereignty leans towards capriciousness.However, God never ignores His attributes just because He is sovereign and cando anything He wants to. If there was a substance other than God, it would have to share an attribute with God. That’s why in addition to the other metaphysical qualities the attributes like infinity, eternity, permanency etc. Tozer in his classic book on the attributes of God, The Knowledge of the Holy. For one thing, it is doubtfulthat ultimate concern is e… This distinction is very important. God, being infinite, must possess attributes about which we can know. t$��NS#1MD��{�o�S��dH��utiP���۷��Y"�!� LT�g��!N����C�����q��>3��� 4d�Glb�*�Q��k|=�% ����#4��5��4f+'2�e$�;'�Qؠ#��qt. The Ninety Nine Attributes of Allah Unity of Allah (Tawhid) How to Supplicate to Allah Allah The Concept of God in Islam(a selection) Yasin T. al-Jibouri Published by: Ansariyan Publications No. To say that God is sovereign is not to say merely that He is stronger than everyone else, although this is true. God cannot be comprehended as He really is (1 Cor. Compared with our actual thoughts about Him, our creedal statements are of little consequence. The New Testament epistles are filled with the Trinitarian concept of God: In 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, spiritual gifts are administered by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. >q���]��,�㣡v���V�HQ�DAhC�����-Ͻ1`+>�:�G�����y�����(^/�D������b�ې�gF꨺�'(>b �Aװ������L���ؚ�_�8�1I�k���Xnj�D��̐k�-��kV�:ڊ�"����Z��}��t��=>6��4u80��n�5�7��W��r�"���� �ȵ�y0U���N��j�h����?�W02j��-Y�8�J���*���9#qX����0 �; � >И�(f��-PoE�m�r��� �TV��9P��?��8 i���� 3�����fUœ>�©nvͼ��(�ް��u�xF����ୗ|�j�41Lu���/�q�8j�ѰBh?F�B���k\J���q�Ģ=$i1y�ZUG�E���-:h� [��a)�� G8�;t(��L� ��������F7�N���ƅفc�̧�H���k@��W��֥�%re��*6n��9�E2�{Gn �tV1T@�����w� �!|nU�����g��y?f��-^c�A�l�����!i�|iE� Exodus 3:13-15 2 JEHOVAH-M’KADDESH This name means “the God who sanctifies.” A God separate from all MORALLY PERFECT: The following are the moral attributes of God; they are listed here together because God’s moral BiblicalTraining.org | God reveals Himself not only in His names, but also in His attributes, that is, in the perfections of the divine Being. In this article, we’ll start with the communicable attributes of God. 0000003768 00000 n These characteristics do not simply describe what God does, they define what God is, the scriptures does not endorse worship of an unknown God, but make God known. The following are four of the many ways He is beyond Resounding throughout the pages of Scripture is the proclamation that God is King. With this we are in hearty accord. 0000003513 00000 n GOD IS AN ASSUMPTION FROM THIS UNARGUABLE PREMISE ALL ARGUMENTS FLOW, ALL IS GOD AND THERE IS NO GODDEFINITION OF GOD CONCEPT When the primitive man had not developed the skill of spoken or written words, God was recognized by the unvocal, the undefined and the unscripted silence, even creation of universe emanated from the womb of silence, as there was no speech or writing, to … The Shona used many metaphors for The light of the knowledge of God's glory in the face of Jesus Christ was, as they said, "of God and not from ourselves" (II Cor. The following verses highlight many of God’s attributes, but these characteristics and associated Scripture references are not an exhaustive list. Two things 2 connected with the Akan concept of life, for the Akan recognize God as the source of all life (as is the case in African traditional religion in general). x�b```f``�c`a`��c�e@ ^�+s,`X�c���P�`�'LB�L� �`Q㒖�5���� V�`��ʔx�|��#��Рś#�d�6��.��t�O@� ��������/�f��+�:���)�K �� ��l the existence and attributes of god by stephen charnock table of contents discourse i - on the existence of god discourse ii - on practical atheism discourse iii - on god's being a spirit discourse iv - on spiritual worship discourse v - on the eternity of god discourse vi - on the immutability of god discourse vii - on god's omnipresence This is only one study out of over 100 in depth lectures by Dr Johnson on Systematic Theology including studies of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Spirit, Prayer, Salvation, etc. Source for information on Attributes of God: Jewish Concepts: Encyclopedia of Religion dictionary. God in a time when God and his glory have been much diminished in the church. Human love at its best is analogues to divine love, but it is not the same thing, for God’s love is … 0000003237 00000 n Paul Tillich believed that the essence of religious attitudes is“ultimate concern.” Ultimate concern is“total.” Its object is experienced as numinous or holy,distinct from all profane and ordinary realities. In Ephesians 2:13-18, prayer is related to all three persons of the Trinity. The Reformers, for example, depended heavily on revelation because of their conviction that the human mind is darkened by corruption and therefore is inadequate to shape concepts of God. 0000001352 00000 n The incommunicable attributes of God are those that belong to God alone (omniscience, transcendence, etc.,) where the communicable attributes of God are those that we can also possess (knowledge, love, mercy, etc.,). The Attributes of God. ñV—‡2"¡ñJÌBÓ5�N�A6ÙLÙ�Al[CC0•É´5Œ‹0¼Üv–v7—G$ÜqLí\:ëÔwñïêß{Ï9ßï|¿ß÷;g™?íà"4îUNÀoarÙ3“Š¬¬�À$]™ÆŒ×rwGÍ–ñånª¬|߂㩤9ğ•3|Üsé®xå’Ğ•ê/ʽ¤æ1‚. If an attribute is something true of God, it is also something that we can conceive as being true of Him. The Incommunicable Attributes These emphasize the absolute distinction Incommunicable attributes belong to God alone, where communicable attributes can be shared by humans. N'��)�].�u�J�r� Though highly imaginative �ꇆ��n���Q�t�}MA�0�al������S�x ��k�&�^���>�0|>_�'��,�G! Eternal/everlasting However, there are a number of arguments which claim that these characteristics are logically inconsistent. Session 1 David Hocking – The Attributes of God 3 The Greatness of God There are three things, basically, that comprise the greatness of God. And the concept most closely associated with His kingship is His sovereignty. 0000000016 00000 n The incommunicable attributes of God are those that belong to God alone (omniscience, transcendence, etc.,) where the communicable attributes of God are those that we can also possess (knowledge, love, mercy, etc.,). Evaluation of the Terms Used B. Hindu sages gave the concept of multiplicity of Gods and connected them with almost every aspect of life. Omnipotence 2. A level philosophy looks at 3 problems with this concept of God. This paper is an appraisal of the Shona religion as a monotheism that plays an integral role in the lives of the shona society. those which are revealed in God’s relationship with man. (iii) Good is good. has also been imposed in the God. 0000003271 00000 n There are 12 moral attributes, and these are grouped into 3 categories: Holiness Love Truth Justice In this he has sometimes been unconventional, but the explanation is always that he has insisted on seeking to be true to the truth of God’s Word. Attributes of God - The Spirituality and Infinity of God- by Dr S Lewis Johnson - Recommended Resource - includes Mp3, Pdf or MS Word document. It is customary to distinguish between incommunicable and communicable attributes. An attribute is a different perspective, a different glance of who God is in His basic nature. But no two substances can share an attribute. The Incommunicable Attributes… God in a time when God and his glory have been much diminished in the church. }�`p�;N�4\����Ӄ�[.����m)��Ի�Л�W��o�^��H�`�>�F����|mE�Q����u\U�ؓ/�Q��R�2A�������M��'"0�n�o��KT���OiѲ���S��O� �5 They are from the imagination of mankind. His has been a God-centered ministry. God's Attributes If the Creator is Eternal and Everlasting, then His attributes must also be eternal and everlasting. 2. <<0EFF5EFBA8C8B24CB63000489DDAA3A8>]>> Omnibenevolence 4. The Shona religion is a monotheism endowed with striking similarities with Christianity. Existence of God, in religion, the proposition that there is a supreme being that is the creator or sustainer or ruler of the universe and all things in it, including human beings. %%EOF Revelation can be link… This paper is an appraisal of the Shona religion as a monotheism that plays an integral role in the lives of the shona society. By iiie.net (edited by IslamReligion.com) Published Theologians often like to use fancy words to describe biblical teaching and categories. 0000000886 00000 n An attribute, as we can know it, is a mental concept, an intellectual response to God’s self-revelation. With characteristic clarity and forthrightness, Dr. Nash judiciously evaluates competing conceptions of deity, and in the end recommends an understanding of God that is both theologically sound and philosophically acceptable." He should not lose any of His attributes nor acquire new ones. I thirst for You as parched land thirsts for rain.” (Psalm 143.6) Our awesome God is gloriously incomprehensible. Unchangeableness (he never changes, but we do) 3. The former are attributes that God and man can share in common, the latter attributes that they do not share. study and devotion and everything, I realized that is not a true concept. Some of God’s attributes are called “incommunicable attributes,” and others are called “communicable attributes.” i. God’s incommunicable attributes, such as immutability and omniscience, belong to Him alone. Attributes of God – The Conclusion This is the description of the God of the Bible. 1. In Mbiti’s theology, negative attributes of the African God, which are irreconcilable with the God of the Bible, are not critically evaluated, and the concept of the Trinity is not articulated. In many religions God is also conceived as perfect, all-powerful and all-knowing, and the source and ultimate ground of morality. These are: 1. endstream endobj 57 0 obj<>/Metadata 15 0 R/PieceInfo<>>>/Pages 14 0 R/PageLayout/OneColumn/OCProperties<>/StructTreeRoot 17 0 R/Type/Catalog/Lang(EN-US)/LastModified(D:20070308120517)/PageLabels 12 0 R>> endobj 58 0 obj<>/PageElement<>>>/Name(HeaderFooter)/Type/OCG>> endobj 59 0 obj<>/Font<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text]/Properties<>/ExtGState<>>>/Type/Page>> endobj 60 0 obj<> endobj 61 0 obj<> endobj 62 0 obj<> endobj 63 0 obj[/ICCBased 70 0 R] endobj 64 0 obj<> endobj 65 0 obj<> endobj 66 0 obj<> endobj 67 0 obj<> endobj 68 0 obj<> endobj 69 0 obj<>stream 0000007264 00000 n 0000002309 00000 n The Character of God: “Incommunicable” Attributes How is God different from us? n�3ܣ�k�Gݯz=��[=��=�B�0FX'�+������t���G�,�}���/���Hh8�m�W�2p[����AiA��N�#8$X�?�A�KHI�{!7�. (x) God is everywhere (omnipresent). Introduction to the Study of God’s Character 1. "The Concept of God is an excellent treatment of an increasingly critical issue in philosophical theology. x�bb�f`b``� � +� � Look at it this way. Focus Point: It is very important that we learn the concept of lord is one of the fundamental principles of a kingdom. The Shona used many metaphors for "The Concept of God is an excellent treatment of an increasingly critical issue in philosophical theology. By learning the attributes of God, you may praise God for who He really is and for how each of His attributes impacts your life in a positive way. two God concepts: a “theologically correct” concept, deployed when reasoning about God overtly and deliberately; and an anthropomorphic concept, deployed when reasoning about God covertly and spontaneously. The attributes of God are in detail in chapter six according to their beliefs and later that of foreigners. those which are revealed in God’s relationship with man. The concept spans conceptions from absolute monism to henotheism, monotheism and polytheism. 0000001790 00000 n Method of determining the attributes of God C. Suggested Divisions of the Attributes VI. Throughout the Bible, God’s attributes are mentioned by name and seen through their manifestations. 4:6-7). ii. Sources of western concepts of the divine have been threefold: experience, revelation, and reason. ATTRIBUTES OF GOD: JEWISH CONCEPTS Postbiblical Jewish teachers sensed no incongruity in attributing to God qualities having strong human associations; the rabbis of the Talmud and the Midrash rely on the biblical attributes by which, as they remark, God is called in place of his name. Of the former there are no traces in the creature; of the latter there are. -�ҥC����p�� ,�\�p��ҭѩ�$2�����儉��UR����>?�C�V�Q�*t�r���ȿ}$�ЪbS��Ũ�|y��ஸ��F�is�{_F�eȔj�_��]�A��� � ʐH�t���!e��g�$��x�noooΔ#���C��;5��g�;s������ꋸ���e�̀�c��t��Ql�+�|B?F�����Y� This is only one study out of over 100 in depth lectures by Dr Johnson on Systematic Theology including studies of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Spirit, Prayer, Salvation, etc. The Shona religion is a monotheism endowed with striking similarities with Christianity. It has been pointed out that a fundamental requirement in expounding the Word of God is the need of preserving the balance of truth. Tozer (1994:11) famously suggests that “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us”. With characteristic clarity and forthrightness, Dr. Nash judiciously evaluates competing conceptions of deity, and in the end recommends an understanding of God that is both theologically sound and philosophically acceptable." believe that God exists), and it’s also clear that, since nature exists, “God” clearly exists in this sense of the word. y In the scriptures the divine attributes are above God, beside God or beneath God, they are predicated of God. !ğÔâÙ¼1äëQG‡UW®CœäNö|Ş1ßH+:0Îȶ}‡ÜÚá3HZ»�ކ¥û†Y|Era.C+SÁˆöäıµ•V“T¯ñ¹´†B&Ï(n†Óì�ܾm•‹O²sñ_™°•£M†zØ©÷dqê‹ŞÍšË¤|ø–_óäĞO{ô:æ*ú�dèsbc}Çèloïï®XÙÍø!»}ÄÄ3Ş A;mXÄÛÙ´‰Áü-_-ã&޺Êû�¸=Ñ,7�¼;6^ö&©ê�#6v¨�Ñ°›JŠËbÀğ#¬5+aª'ÿÈ, Gg†> O¦¼ı“+ç@“ºàÉ>¹—B+¿‹)Öª“X£L’ *)K¡iŸÜC!Ké†Lµ›|C¡–GSÌSG0S¹G–QÌTïa�2B‚¨túŒ#pŒÂ9%„øRü À=ğñä5”Høp�E›"3«¶¥›?O&Ÿ55Õ]7=»²Ú×¼Sü4?ÿ�Iüó¸( íyGæºy3o´�}ÚÙ¼gO[-.�H÷bÒvxõ»‚4 áÚÛ�@—ç8Å+e¥uƒŞˆ7['Ä´37²ÿGhµEUFñvàŞ›,Ş…Éë4\ç^ƒZ^. There is a wide diversity of beliefs among the great faith traditions of the world. ( click for this extensive list ) Contrary to much popular belief, it may be that a fundamental and universal concept can be found at the heart of at least several of the major religious traditions about which they can agree. These two traditions have dissimilar conceptualisations. His has been a God-centered ministry. (ii) God is everlasting / eternal. In vedic period monotheistic god Concept culminated in the semi abstract semi personified form of creative soul dwelling in all god such as Vishvakarman, Purusha, and Prajapathy. We are said to "draw near to God (vii) God is All Powerful (Omnipotent). '�8���b�d�e�+O�*�V�����v���. The Moral Attributes of God Introduction: The moral attributes of God are those which are relative to man, i.e. God is incomprehensible. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, Volume 3, Issue 2, February 2013 1 ISSN 2250-3153 www.ijsrp.org A comparative study of the concept of God in Hinduism and Islam Abid Mushtaq Wani Abstract: In this research paper we will discuss the concept of God in Hinduism and Islam, the two major world religions. All other ideas about God are, according to the Bible, false gods. Attributes of God – Part 1 ��w�G� xR^���[�oƜch�g�`>b���$���*~� �:����E���b��~���,m,�-��ݖ,�Y��¬�*�6X�[ݱF�=�3�뭷Y��~dó ���t���i�z�f�6�~`{�v���.�Ng����#{�}�}��������j������c1X6���fm���;'_9 �r�:�8�q�:��˜�O:ϸ8������u��Jq���nv=���M����m����R 4 � 56 17 LANDMARKS OF BAPTIST DOCTRINE© problem being that their concept of sovereignty leans towards capriciousness. 0000004134 00000 n In more theologically oriented thinkers, the assumption that God is a perfect being serves not to formulate the concept of God but only to fill in what is given in revelation. GOD: AFRICAN SUPREME BEINGS African supreme beings are spiritual beings or divinities who are as varied as the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa, the world's second largest continent after Asia. trailer The concept of God in A level philosophy is the concept of God as understood by the three main monotheistic religions – Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. African Traditional Concept of God: A Critical Analysis Gikuyu, the Zulu and the Bambuti groups. ( click for this extensive list ) Divine Attributes in Proper Perspective A. 0 Abstract. 0000003886 00000 n saints, "God has taken His place in the divine assembly," Psalm 82:1. 1—introduction to the a ttributes of god 5 III. Omniscience 3. 2:13). 0000001510 00000 n 2y�.-;!���K�Z� ���^�i�"L��0���-�� @8(��r�;q��7�L��y��&�Q��q�4�j���|�9�� So, there cannot be any substance other than God. 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