|The Foundations of Faith:||Seminar 5|
GOD is a mystery
In this physical world we can never see
GOD. He is a spirit. No spirit can be perceived in our physical world unless
it (the spirit) creates a special condition in order to appear to us. Such
an encounter is a special supernatural event however, which leaves a deep
everlasting impression upon the recipient. Throughout the human history
God revealed Himself only through miracles and to a few prophets through
ecstatic state apparitions (Ezekiel 3:22-27).
GOD is one
In the three major religions (Judaism,
Christianity and Islam) strong emphasis is placed on GOD being ONE
and only ONE; the creator of all the Universe. The Bible says that He is
a jealous GOD and He will punish anyone worshiping other gods beside Him.
In Christianity it is also revealed to us that as one GOD, He can also
act through other two persons, Jesus Christ - the Son and the Holy Spirit.
To many this concept is difficult to understand. In Islam for example the
notion of Christ being the Son of God is unacceptable since in Qu'ran
the Angel Gabriel specifically indicated to prophet Muhammad that God does
not have children. It is logical. Spirits DO NOT have children.
Well..., usually, that is. To understand this, one must possess good understanding
of the essence of spirituality. This we will cover in greater
detail in the
Seminar 9 later.
GOD is omnipotent (having unlimited influence) and omnipresent (present everywhere)
He is master of His creation. It must be
emphasized that there is nothing that 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 possess absolute integrity and living 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 on the other hand, is to live shallow values of this world. They are based on selfishness, pride, enjoyment of materialism, consumerism, excess (glutony), 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. 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 second reason of prevention of infections.
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). Yet, 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.
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