Six Major Attributes Of God

What are six of the greatest attributes of God? Is it love, mercy, longsuffering, or something else?

God is Holy

God is love (1 John 4:8), is longsuffering (2 Peter 3:9), is patient (2 Pet 3:15), is full of grace (Eph 2:8), and is merciful (Luke 6:36), but perhaps the greatest attribute of God, above all other attributes, is that God is holy. In fact, the only time an attribute of God is mentioned three times is about His holiness. It is never said that God is love, love, love or God is merciful, merciful, merciful, or God is faithful, faithful, faithful, although He is all of these. When something of significance is mentioned, or when there is a sign of intimacy, something is often mentioned twice. For example, Jesus said, “Verily, verily,” but also said, “Simon, Simon,” and “Saul, Saul,” so in the Hebrew, if something or someone is mentioned twice, it was intended to get their full attention. It is also a sign of an intimate relationship, like with Moses, Moses, and Abraham, Abraham. The point is, mentioning something twice was intended to give the reader or listener the sense that this a very important point…somewhat like an exclamation point would be, so when Jesus would say, “Verily, verily,” what followed had great significance. With that in mind, Isaiah saw a vision in which God was on His throne, and it must have been a vision because no human can actually see God and live (Ex 33:20), but Isaiah “saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him [God] were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory“ (Isaiah 6:1-3). Perhaps these angles have their feet covered because they were on holy ground, as with Moses’ case when he met God in the burning bush. With the other two wings they covered their faces, possibly because even the holy angels cannot look at God close up and live, and with the other two wings, they flew or hovered over the throne of God. The number three does denote divine perfection, and God’s holiness is displayed in His righteous judgments in the Old Testament, but even today, God has not changed (Heb 3:8), and since God does not change, Peter quotes the Old Testament command (Lev 11:44) that “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Pet 1:16).

The Self-Existent One

In Exodus 3:14, God revealed His name to Moses as “I AM,” or the Self-Existent One. It could be thought of as, “I AM that I AM.” The Hebrew word is Hayah is and means “I AM What I AM,” or “I Will Be What I Will Be.” In the medieval Jewish tradition, “I will be what I will be” is one of the Seven Names of God. The verb Hayah can also mean, “to be, to become, come to pass, to abide (forever), remain, and be in existence.” [2] God’s name is perfectly fitting since there is no outside cause for His existence as He has always existed and has no need of anything to continue to exist. Many Bible Scholars believe “I AM Who I AM” is the best translation of all [3], because like God, He never changes, and has been, is, and always will be (Ex 3:15). [4] This is what so angered the religious leaders when Jesus kept referring to Himself as “I AM,” particularly in the Seven I AM’s found in the Gospel of John (John 6:35).

Omnipotent God

God is also omnipotent. He told Moses “I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them” (Ex 7:5a). This omnipotence was mightily displayed in the fire, thunder and hail, the locusts, the boils, the utter darkness, and all of the plagues whereby “the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD when I stretch out my hand against Egypt” (7:5b). Even those “among the servants of Pharaoh [who] hurried his slaves and his livestock into the houses,” understood that God has power to bring about whatever He speaks (Ex 9:20). Jesus too displayed His omnipotence in calming the storm (Mark 4:35-41), in withering the unproductive fig tree (Mark 11:20-26), and in resurrecting Lazarus from the dead (John 11). In fact, if Jesus had not specifically mentioned Lazarus by name, I believe that all who were in their graves would have come out of their graves because Jesus Word has effectual power.

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A Consuming Fire

Another of God’s attributes is found in Exodus, chapters 1-19. For much of the time, God is a burning or consuming fire. Certainly wherever He abides is holy ground, but He frequently appears as a burning pillar of fire or consuming fire which He did before Moses in the burning bush (Ex 3:2-5). He was later seen as that pillar of fire witnessed by Israel in the Wilderness (Ex 13:21), and fire is seen as an active manifestation of His presence, and where He was known to the other nations. When God made a covenant (“a cutting”) with Abraham, (Gen 15:17), He appeared as a consuming. Jesus also describes fire as part of God’s righteous judgment (Mark 9:43-48), and in the final consummation of His holy wrath in the Revelation of Jesus Christ (20:14; 21:8). The fiery judgment is significant because it displays His anger against sin and that He is uncompromising in His attribute of holy perfection (Jude 1:7), but also intended be a warning to “flee from the wrath to come” (Luke 3:7c; Matt 3:7c).

Merciful God

Mercy is one of God’s attributes that stands out more to those who have trusted in Christ than matters to the world in general. Even though many see Him as a harsh and judgmental God in the Old Testament, and radically different from the God of the New Testament where God is seen as a loving and caring God, should read the Book of Revelation and see if they still think that way. The fact is that when the people grumbled against Moses in (Ex 16:2-4), God had every right to extinguish them on the spot; instead He sent them “bread from heaven” (Ex 16:4) in His great mercy. As a merciful God, He heard Israel’s cry during their oppressive treatment under the heavy yoke of their Egyptian bondage. This cry moved Him to free them (Ex 2:23-24), and God gave Pharaoh ample opportunity to release Israel before God sending His plagues (or “strikes,” as the Hebrew says). [5] On the cross, Jesus epitomized the mercy of God, saying “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:24). No human can fathom such mercy, and we might not even think about the suffering the Father had to endure in watching His One and only Son go through this. Imagine a parent seeing their child go through that. Truly the Father suffered too, but the cross was motivated out of love, and in this love, shows up as mercy.

Omniscient God

Another of God’s attributes is that of His omniscience which is displayed throughout the Bible. In one case, He is named for His attribute, like as El Roi, as the “God Who Sees Me.” [6] That’s because God knows the beginning from the end, and what will come to pass before it does. How else could He say to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land” (Ex 6:1), but also declare that “Pharaoh will not listen to you” (Ex 7:4a) which did end up happening. Jesus as God is also omniscient as “he knew all people” (John 2:24), knew the exact time of His crucifixion (John 17:1), who would betray Him (John 13:11), and even how He would be betrayed, as we see when Jesus tells Judas to do what he has to do quickly (John 13:27). Jesus knew well in advance that one of His own disciples would deny Him, (Mark 14:30), even though that disciple (Peter) said he was willing to die for the Lord.

Conclusion

Of course, God is also love, but that shows up in His mercy, so it’s comforting to know that God does not change. He never has a bad day. His attributes remain the same forever, and humans have an attribute that doesn’t change either…it’s called the sinful nature (Rom 3:10-12, 23), but even that God can change by His Spirit, but we can be thankful that God does not change, like He saved us through Christ, but He changed His mind. No, God never changes, and neither does the Word of God. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). That is still true. God cannot lie (Heb 6:18; Num 23:19). Jesus is the one and only way (Acts 4:12), today, and forever. Whatever attribute you think is the greatest, they cannot be separated from one another and rated, and they are all equally important in the sense that God is perfectly holy, is self-sufficient and self-existent, and He is also omnipotent, a consuming fire, merciful, and omniscient, but thankfully, God is still drawing men and women to Himself through Christ (John 6:44), so today may be the best day for your salvation (2 Cor 6:2), particularly since there is no guarantee about tomorrow.

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

1 Desmond T. Alexander. From Paradise to the Promised Land (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing, 2012), 190.

2 “Hebrew Lexicon : H1961 (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 24 Mar, 2014. http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H1961&t=KJV KJV (Accessed November 28, 2017).

3 Ibid., p. 191.
4 Ibid., p. 191.
5 Ibid., p. 194.
6 Ibid., p. 191.

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  • Maltnothops

    I’ve never been able to square the claim that your god is merciful with the claim that your god murdered thousands (tens of thousands?) of innocents (the killing of the first-born). I can understand the claim of powerful and I can understand the claim of merciful but not the claim of both at the same time. Or is killing the first-born an example of mercy?

    • Fallulah

      Right…the genocidal flood kind of negates that whole mercy and forgiveness thing. The flood would have killed tons of innocent children, not to mention ones still in the womb! So much for prolife…

      • “So much for prolife …”
        Exactly. God is a mass abortionist!

  • C_Alan_Nault

    GE 4:15, DT 32:19-27, IS 34:8 God is a vengeful god.
    EX 15:3, IS 42:13, HE 12:29 God is a warrior. God is a consuming fire.
    EX 20:5, 34:14, DT 4:24, 5:9, 6:15, 29:20, 32:21 God is a jealous god.
    EZ 6:12, NA 1:2, 6 God is jealous and furious. He reserves wrath for, and takes revenge on, his enemies
    NU 25:3-4, DT 6:15, 9:7-8, 29:20, 32:21, PS 7:11, 78:49, JE 4:8, 17:4, 32:30-31, ZP 2:2 God is angry. His anger is sometimes fierce.

    • It beats me why anyone would want to give supreme worth to such a being, if such a being exists. He seems to be such a violent person, not someone who anyone could love. The bible has a god who is vengeful and who reserves his wrath for his enemies, but Jesus tells us to love our enemies and that God is kind to the wicked and ungrateful. So if the book is full of contradictions, why should we believe it is true?

      • Fallulah

        Yep the god of the bible reminds me of a mafia boss. He set up the rules regulating things….created humans as “sinful” creatures, then puts a gun to their head and says, “you better choose to worship me, or else burn in hell forever” what a choice!

  • billwald

    Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

    That’s good enough for me. I gave up worrying about such things 20 years ago. I don’t need to know what God “is.”

    I have come to hate the English words, “is,” and “in.” Or, as I heard an old radio preacher say before most of you were born, “It isn’t enough to believe IN Jesus, you must believe ON Jesus.” When I listen to to Catholic Radio, I at least understand what their words mean. “Evangelical” Christians have a jargon that only insiders can understand. I understand, but I don’t like it. I have read some popular OPC writers who can change the meaning of a word 3 times in a single paragraph.

    • pud

      Yeah, thinking and believing don’t mix do they?

    • Jack Wellman

      Thank you friend. I see your point. I would rather say, it is trusting Jesus without the “in” which is better.

  • pud

    Here is exactly why you are so stupid and don’t care that you are….

    A “god” thingy cannot be both “omnipotent” and “omniscient”

    If you are “omniscient” then you know the future. If the future is known then you are powerless to change it otherwise it would be unknown. Therefore you are not “omnipotent”

    Critical thinking is antimatter to you. Self annihilating.

    You can put as many absurd “attributes” as you want on any “god” but they are NOT evidence that that particular “god” even exists.

    You’re a stupid stupid self deluded old man jack who wasted his entire life in this backwards infantile sick apocalyptic death cult called christiantiy

  • pud

    “god” never changes….LOL!!!

    Here’s a FRACTION of the contradictions put forward in your ridiculous story book!

    GE 1:3-5 On the first day, God created light, then separated light and darkness.
    GE 1:14-19 The sun (which separates night and day) wasn’t created until the fourth day.

    GE 1:11-12, 26-27 Trees were created before man was created.
    GE 2:4-9 Man was created before trees were created.

    GE 1:20-21, 26-27 Birds were created before man was created.
    GE 2:7, 19 Man was created before birds were created.

    GE 1:24-27 Animals were created before man was created.
    GE 2:7, 19 Man was created before animals were created.

    GE 1:26 Man is to have dominion over fish, birds, cattle, and all wild animals, yet–
    GE 2:15-17 It is wrong to be able to tell good from evil, right from wrong.

    GE 1:26-27 Man and woman were created at the same time.
    GE 2:7, 21-22 Man was created first, woman sometime later.

    GE 1:28 God encourages reproduction.
    LE 12:1-8 God requires purification rites following childbirth which, in effect, makes childbirth a sin. (Note: The period for purification following the birth of a daughter is twice that for a son.)

    GE 1:31 God was pleased with his creation.
    GE 6:5-6 God was not pleased with his creation.
    (Note: That God should be displeased is inconsistent with the concept of omniscience as well as with the fact that God allegedly does not change his mind: NU 23:19-20, 1SA 15:29, JA 1:17.)

    GE 2:4, 4:26, 12:8, 22:14-16, 26:25 God was already known as “the Lord” (Jahveh or Jehovah) much earlier than the time of Moses.
    EX 6:2-3 God was first known as “the Lord” (Jahveh or Jehovah) at the time of the Egyptian Bondage, during the life of Moses.

    GE 2:17 Adam was to die the very day that he ate the forbidden fruit.
    GE 5:5 Adam lived 930 years.

    GE 2:15-17, 3:4-6 It is wrong to want to be able to tell good from evil.
    HE 5:13-14 It is immature to be unable to tell good from evil.

    GE 4:4-5 God prefers Abel’s offering and has no regard for Cain’s.
    2CH 19:7, AC 10:34, RO 2:11 God shows no partiality. He treats all alike.

    GE 4:9 God asks Cain where his brother Able is.
    PR 15:3, JE 16:17, 23:24-25, HE 4:13 God is everywhere. He sees everything. Nothing is hidden from his view.

    GE 4:15, DT 32:19-27, IS 34:8 God is a vengeful god.
    EX 15:3, IS 42:13, HE 12:29 God is a warrior. God is a consuming fire.
    EX 20:5, 34:14, DT 4:24, 5:9, 6:15, 29:20, 32:21 God is a jealous god.
    LE 26:7-8, NU 31:17-18, DT 20:16-17, JS 10:40, JG 14:19, EZ 9:5-7 The Spirit of God is (sometimes) murder and killing.
    NU 25:3-4, DT 6:15, 9:7-8, 29:20, 32:21, PS 7:11, 78:49, JE 4:8, 17:4, 32:30-31, ZP 2:2 God is angry. His anger is sometimes fierce.
    2SA 22:7-8 (KJV) “I called to the Lord; … he heard my voice; … The earth trembled and quaked, … because he was angry. Smoke came from his nostrils. Consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it.”
    EZ 6:12, NA 1:2, 6 God is jealous and furious. He reserves wrath for, and takes revenge on, his enemies. “… who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and rocks are thrown down by him.”
    2CO 13:11, 14, 1JN 4:8, 16 God is love.
    GA 5:22-23 The fruit of the Spirit of God is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

    GE 4:16 Cain went away (or out) from the presence of the Lord.
    JE 23:23-24 A man cannot hide from God. God fills heaven and earth.

    GE 6:3 The Lord said, “My spirit will not be in man forever, for he is only flesh; so the days of his life will be a hundred and twenty years.”
    GE 9:29 Noah lived nine hnndred and fifty years.

    GE 6:4 There were Nephilim (giants) before the Flood.
    GE 7:21 All creatures other than Noah and his clan were annihilated by the Flood.
    NU 13:33 There were Nephilim after the Flood.

    GE 6:6. EX 32:14, NU 14:20, 1SA 15:35, 2SA 24:16 God does change his mind.
    NU 23:19-20, 1SA 15:29, JA 1:17 God does not change his mind.

    GE 6:19-22, 7:8-9, 7:14-16 Two of each kind are to be taken, and are taken, aboard Noah’s Ark.
    GE 7:2-5 Seven pairs of some kinds are to be taken, and are taken, aboard the Ark.

    GE 7:1 Noah was righteous.
    JB 1:1,8, JB 2:3 Job was righteous.
    LK 1:6 Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous.
    JA 5:16 Some men are righteous, (which makes their prayers effective).
    1JN 3:6-9 Christians become righteous (or else they are not really Christians).
    RO 3:10, 3:23, 1JN 1:8-10 No one was or is righteous.

    GE 7:7 Noah and his clan enter the Ark.
    GE 7:13 They enter the Ark (again?).

    GE 11:7-9 God sows discord.
    PR 6:16-19 God hates anyone who sows discord.

    GE 11:9 At Babel, the Lord confused the language of the whole world.
    1CO 14:33 Paul says that God is not the author of confusion.

    GE 11:12 Arpachshad [Arphaxad] was the father of Shelah.
    LK 3:35-36 Cainan was the father of Shelah. Arpachshad was the grandfather of Shelah.

    GE 11:26 Terah was 70 years old when his son Abram was born.
    GE 11:32 Terah was 205 years old when he died (making Abram 135 at the time).
    GE 12:4, AC 7:4 Abram was 75 when he left Haran. This was after Terah died. Thus, Terah could have been no more than 145 when he died; or Abram was only 75 years old after he had lived 135 years.

    GE 12:7, 17:1, 18:1, 26:2, 32:30, EX 3:16, 6:2-3, 24:9-11, 33:11, NU 12:7-8, 14:14, JB 42:5, AM 7:7-8, 9:1 God is seen.
    EX 33:20, JN 1:18, 1JN 4:12 God is not seen. No one can see God’s face and live. No one has ever seen him.

    GE 10:5, 20, 31 There were many languages before the Tower of Babel.
    GE 11:1 There was only one language before the Tower of Babel.

    GE 15:9, EX 20:24, 29:10-42, LE 1:1-7:38, NU 28:1-29:40, God details sacrificial offerings.
    JE 7:21-22 God says he did no such thing.

    GE 16:15, 21:1-3, GA 4:22 Abraham had two sons, Ishmael and Isaac.
    HE 11:17 Abraham had only one son.

    GE 17:1, 35:11, 1CH 29:11-12, LK 1:37 God is omnipotent. Nothing is impossible with (or for) God.
    JG 1:19 Although God was with Judah, together they could not defeat the plainsmen because the latter had iron chariots.

    GE 17:7, 10-11 The covenant of circumcision is to be everlasting.
    GA 6:15 It is of no consequence.

    GE 17:8 God promises Abraham the land of Canaan as an “everlasting possession.”
    GE 25:8, AC 7:2-5, HE 11:13 Abraham died with the promise unfulfilled.

    GE 17:15-16, 20:11-12, 22:17 Abraham and his half sister, Sarai, are married and receive God’s blessings.
    LE 20:17, DT 27:20-23 Incest is wrong.

    GE 18:20-21 God decides to “go down” to see what is going on.
    PR 15:3, JE 16:17, 23:24-25, HE 4:13 God is everywhere. He sees everything. Nothing is hidden from his view.

    GE 19:30-38 While he is drunk, Lot’s two daughters “lie with him,” become pregnant, and give birth to his offspring.
    2PE 2:7 Lot was “just” and “righteous.”

    GE 22:1-12, DT 8:2 God tempts (tests) Abraham and Moses.
    JG 2:22 God himself says that he does test (tempt).
    1CO 10:13 Paul says that God controls the extent of our temptations.
    JA 1:13 God tests (tempts) no one.

    GE 27:28 “May God give you … an abundance of grain and new wine.”
    DT 7:13 If they follow his commandments, God will bless the fruit of their wine.
    PS 104:15 God gives us wine to gladden the heart.
    JE 13:12 “… every bottle shall be filled with wine.”
    JN 2:1-11 According to the author of John, Jesus’ first miracle was turning water to wine.
    RO 14:21 It is good to refrain from drinking wine.

    GE 35:10 God says Jacob is to be called Jacob no longer; henceforth his name is Israel.
    GE 46:2 At a later time, God himself uses the name Jacob.

    GE 36:11 The sons of Eliphaz were Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and Kenaz.
    GE 36:15-16 Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz.
    1CH 1:35-36 Teman, Omar, Zephi, Gatam, Kenaz, Timna, and Amalek.

    GE 49:2-28 The fathers of the twelve tribes of Israel are: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Zebulun, Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Joseph, and Benjamin.
    RE 7:4-8 (Leaves out the tribe of Dan, but adds Manasseh.)

    GE 50:13 Jacob was buried in a cave at Machpelah bought from Ephron the Hittite.
    AC 7:15-16 He was buried in the sepulchre at Shechem bought from the sons of Hamor.

    EX 3:1 Jethro was the father-in-law of Moses.
    NU 10:29, JG 4:11 (KJV) Hobab was the father-in-law of Moses.

    EX 3:20-22, DT 20:13-17 God instructs the Israelites to despoil the Egyptians, to plunder their enemies.
    EX 20:15, 17, LE 19:13 God prohibits stealing, defrauding, or robbing a neighbor.

    EX 4:11 God decides who will be dumb, deaf, blind, etc.
    2CO 13:11, 14, 1JN 4:8, 16 God is a god of love.

    EX 9:3-6 God destroys all the cattle (including horses) belonging to the Egyptians.
    EX 9:9-11 The people and the cattle are afflicted with boils.
    EX 12:12, 29 All the first-born of the cattle of the Egyptians are destroyed.
    EX 14:9 After having all their cattle destroyed, then afflicted with boils, and then their first-born cattle destroyed, the Egyptians pursue Moses on horseback.

    EX 12:13 The Israelites have to mark their houses with blood in order for God to see which houses they occupy and “pass over” them.
    PR 15:3, JE 16:17, 23:24-25, HE 4:13 God is everywhere. He sees everything. Nothing is hidden from God.

    EX 12:37, NU 1:45-46 The number of men of military age who take part in the Exodus is given as more than 600,000. Allowing for women, children, and older men would probably mean that a total of about 2,000,000 Israelites left Egypt.
    1KI 20:15 All the Israelites, including children, number only 7000 at a later time.

    EX 15:3, 17:16, NU 25:4, 32:14, IS 42:13 God is a man of war–he is fierce and angry.
    RO 15:33, 2CO 13:11, 14, 1JN 4:8, 16 God is a god of love and peace.

    EX 20:1-17 God gave the law directly to Moses (without using an intermediary).
    GA 3:19 The law was ordained through angels by a mediator (an intermediary).

    EX 20:4 God prohibits the making of any graven images whatsoever.
    EX 25:18 God enjoins the making of two graven images.

    EX 20:5, 34:7, NU 14:18, DT 5:9, IS 14:21-22 Children are to suffer for their parent’s sins.
    DT 24:16, EZ 18:19-20 Children are not to suffer for their parent’s sins.

    EX 20:8-11, 31:15-17, 35:1-3 No work is to be done on the Sabbath, not even lighting a fire. The commandment is permanent, and death is required for infractions.
    MK 2:27-28 Jesus says that the Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath (after his disciples were criticized for breaking the Sabbath).
    RO 14:5, CN 2:14-16 Paul says the Sabbath commandment was temporary, and to decide for yourself regarding its observance.

    EX 20:12, DT 5:16, MT 15:4, 19:19, MK 7:10, 10:19, LK 18:20 Honor your father and your mother is one of the ten commandments. It is reinforced by Jesus.
    MT 10:35-37, LK 12:51-53, 14:26 Jesus says that he has come to divide families; that a man’s foes will be those of his own household; that you must hate your father, mother, wife, children, brothers, sisters, and even your own life to be a disciple.
    MT 23:9 Jesus says to call no man on earth your father.

  • pud

    “god is love” LOL! Explain the physics of a material “being” being a concept.

    “Love” and a vengeful all consuming fire! bhwaaa

    A rational person would think that an all powerful “being” might have the intelligence and self control to get his points across in a more benign manner. One would also assume that an “omniscient” “being” would have no need to act out this psychotic drama seeing as he would know the results in advance. It would further imply that there’s nothing you have any choice over and that you have no “free will” seeing as the future is known and cast in stone where you are incapable of changing it.

    OH NO!! more of that ichy logic stuff!!!

    Run away!!! Run away!

    Bonus points for explaining the physics behind “self existent” LOL

  • Charles Ragland

    Thank you for your article, Pastor Wellman. I respectfully suggest that for a Christian, the norming revelation of God’s attributes is the Word of God that dwelt among us, full of grace and truth: Jesus the Christ, living, dying, and resurrected. Rather than beginning with God’s revelation through the Law and the Prophets of the Older Testament, whenever a Christian speaks of God, s/he is always on solid ground when s/he begins with the Gospel of Jesus the Christ–the One who fulfilled the “Law and the Prophets.” I offer for your consideration (and the consideration of your current and future commenters) these “essential attributes”–those characteristics without which God would not be the God revealed in Israel and Jesus Christ: 1.Triune. 2.Free. 3.Loving.4.Almighty. 5.Living. 6.Eternal. 7.Wise. The relationship attributes are those characteristics God freely chooses to show in the ways God relates to the world: 1.Perfection 2.Omnipresence 3.Holiness 4.Righteousness 4.Patience 5.Mercy 5.Grace 5.Constancy. (For further amplification of these, please see “A Grammar of Christian Faith,” by Joe R. Jones.)

    • Jack Wellman

      Well said Mr. Ragland. Beautiful listing of God’s attributes Jesus shows us so much about God and the Father. Thank you sir.

  • Fallulah

    You kind of blanked over some of the rather prominent features of the god of the old testament:

    Exodus 34:14: God is jealous
    Nahum 1:2-8: God is vengeful and full of wrath
    Genesis 7: God is a fan of genocide
    Numbers 31:7-18: God is a fan of rape
    Exodus 21:2-6: God is a fan of slavery

    How convenience none of this is mentioned in your article.

    • Jack Wellman

      Love how people cherry pick things to the exclusion of the most important attributes.

      • Otto

        Yeah you did that in your article