The Nature of God
1) God is God
God cannot be broken down
2) God is unchanging
Only something unchanging can be the creator of something changing
- God's existence is a predicate
- God is unchangeable and cannot lose or gain anything
- God is 'Wholly Simple'
- God is being
How can a simple God love and interact
God loves us in an inhuman way, love is what God wills for humans
God cannot be transcendent and simple, how can he act and if he can't then how can he be benevolent/omnipotent
- Nicholas Wolterstorff
"the feeling, deep seated in much of human culture, that the flowing of events into the irrecoverable and unchangeable past is a matter of deep regret."
- We live in present
- God is eternal, God is outside of time & space.
- God is perfect and time passing implies imperfection
- God exists necessarily
- Boethius (Imprisoned and executed for opposing the emperor, while in prison wrote 'Consolations of philosophy')
- God is changeless and does not exist in time.
- All time is present to God simultaneously
- No past, present or future
- God does reward and punish us justly
- God is beyond human understanding, we can only speak of him in analogical terms