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Great is the Lord, Our GOD

Book, Chapter 5  (Faith First)
Book, Chapter 4  (Be My Disciples)

In this chapter we discuss the following topics: 
 

Qualities of GOD

Holiness

Original Sin

Qualities of GOD

GOD is a mystery

In this physical world we can never see GOD. Throughout the human history He reveals Himself only through miracles and to a few prophets through ecstatic state apparitions (Ezekiel 3:22-27).

GOD is one

In three major religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) strong emphasis is placed on GOD being ONE and only ONE; the creator. The Bible says that He is a jealous GOD and He will punish anyone worshiping other gods beside Him. In Christianity it is revealed to us that as one GOD, He can also act through other two persons - Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit.

GOD is omnipotent (having unlimited influence) and omnipresent (present everywhere)

He is master of His creation. It must be emphasized that there is nothing which would take place either in Heaven or on Earth that God would not know, or approve. In other words, everything that would happen in our lives, be it good or bad, must be approved by God in order for it to happen.

GOD is Holy

Set apart from the rest of His creation, worthy of all praise, especially for His unlimited wisdom, truthfulness, love, faithfulness, and righteousness.
What does it mean to be "Holy"?
 

To be Holy, is to live deep moral and ethical values. Such values are based on love, mutual respect to all God's creation, harmony, austerity, humility, and absolute righteousness.
To be Unholy, is to live shallow values of this world. They are based on selfishness, pride, enjoyment of materialism, consumerism, excess, luxury and convenience.

GOD is Eternal

To our knowledge, GOD is divine. He has no beginning nor end. He has always been, and always will be.

GOD is rational

Everything that GOD does, or approves, has a reason and purpose, and GOD's commandments were given to us for a good purpose. The purpose of the Ten Commandments for example is quite obvious. But there are some that may not be so obvious or well understood. For example, the command about circumcision given to Abraham (Gen.17:10-14) and presented as a sign of a covenant between GOD and His people of Israel certainly also had an important secondary reason of infection prevention. Incest was forbidden (Lev.18:6) to prevent spread of genetic disorders. Eating pork was considered unclean (Lev.11:7). It happens that pork meat was a common source of tapeworm parasites at the time.

GOD is loving and truthful

Out of His love He sent His only "Son" to save us, and to show us how to live full and happy lives.

GOD is impartial

All humans are equal in the eyes of God. They all will be judged by the same standards.

GOD is our Father

Through Jesus and other prophets, He wants us to be like His children. If we had any problems or experience difficulties in our lives, He wants us to turn to Him for help, just like a little child with faith and trust would turn to her daddy for help. Since GOD is our Father, then we are His children. Because Jesus Christ is a Son of GOD, just as we are His Children, then it follows that Jesus is our brother. Indeed, in the Gospels Jesus does call us His brothers and sisters (Matt. 12:48-50).

We are GOD's creation. We know that we have been created by GOD despite our limited understanding of the underlying mechanisms. The Bible speaks about it and we profess it in our Creed. The ancestors of humanity were named Adam and Eve. They were created in the state of "Original Justice". Symbolically, Bible refers to this event as the life in the "Garden of Eden" or simply in "Paradise". Because of their disobedience of GOD's commands, which is termed "The Original Sin", the evil entered the world. We now feel the effects of the original sin through human greed, selfishness, hatred, intolerance, jealousy, animosities ..... etc. In our world we see its effects in human suffering, injustice, hunger, illnesses, and wars.
 
 



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