Essay on Theology Proper

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Theology Proper

What is God like? What does God do?

One's view of God affects all of one's life.

Big policeman who corrects people who stray from truth/sin. "Acts of God" hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes… Grandfatherly, indulgent, kindly old gentleman. Others?

Trinity – debated at one time, have to believe to be a Xian? UPC
Transcendence, God is above all. Immanence, God is close.
Can God work through nature? (evolution)

Is God fixed and unchanging? Or does he grow and develop like the rest of the universe?

"The study of God's nature should be a means to a more accurate understanding and a closer personal relationship with him."

Not belief in the "great whatever."

Attributes

1. The characteristics
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3. Treat name respectfully (Exod 20.7), names not just to designate because its cute; chosen for their meaning.
4. God knows and communes with persons, talks to Adam & Eve, depicted as having all the capacities associated with personality: knowing, feeling, willing, acting.
5. Father, warmth, understanding, not a machine, he can be approached and spoken to, and in return he speaks.
6. God is a reciprocating being, not an object or force; not to be manipulated (can't be used or harnassed, this is magic).
7. God is an end in himself, not a means to an end; value in and of self.

III. Life – God is alive.

1. Scripture does not argue for existence, simply assumes it. Hebrews 11.6
2. Contrasted with inanimate objects, metal, stone; interacting not passive.
3. From the beginning, life is in himself (John 5.26), not created, "the uncaused one."

IV. Infinity – God is infinite.

1. Omnipresence – God is not subject to limitations of space, not that he is everywhere but that he is not limited by our understanding of space and time. Finite things are places, those descriptions are not applicable, can't plot his location.
2. Immanence – he is everywhere available, no where he cannot be found.
3. Transcendence - God is accessible everywhere in creation, but is not just there.
4. Be careful about localizing God in a certain place where you felt him, or experienced him.
5. Omniscience - "God is timeless, he does not grow or develop." But he is conscious of

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