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THEOLOGY: Doctrine of God

Principle

God

  1. There is one and only one living and true God (Isa. 43:10, 11; 44:6, 8; Exo. 20:3-6).
  2. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe.
  3. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections.
  4. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures.
  5. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.
  6. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.

God is

  1. He is there. He is the real God, the God who really exists. He says of Himself, “I am what I am” (Ex. 3:14).
  2. He is the great “I Am”. God is God. He exists eternally without origin or change. He self-exists.
  3. He has necessary existence, not conditional or contingent existence. He really exists, in fact and not just as a human thought or word.
  4. He has perpetual existence in and of Himself. He has pure existence, compared to whom everything else is but a shadow.

God is Life

  1. God not only exists, He lives. A stone exists, a person lives. God is the living God, as opposed to the false and dead gods of pagan religions.
  2. He is life itself, self-life. He has life in Himself, not from another. He is the source of all life. He has life in Himself (John 1:4, 5:26). He has permanent and perpetual life. God is pure life. He is immortal.
  3. One of the greatest blasphemies ever uttered was the 60s heresy, “God is dead.” God cannot die. He had no birthday, therefore no father or mother; He has no death-day, therefore no undertaker.

God is Uncreated

  1. God is the creator of everything else (Gen. 1:1). Creator of all, created by none.
  2. He is the first cause of everything else, but caused by nothing.
  3. God is certainly not the creation of Man. Man did not create God by imagination, nor by projecting himself to the cosmos, as atheists suggest.
  4. Nor is it true, “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to create Him.” The non-existence of God is impossible.
  5. Nor is God self-created. He perpetually exists and lives of Himself.

God is NOT the Universe

  1. The Creator is not the Creation. Idolatry worships the Creation rather than the Creator (Rom. 1:25). He is separate from His Creation.
  2. The universe is not an extension of God’s being, like an arm or leg. We are not part of God.
  3. Pantheism is not true when it says, “God is all and all is God.”
  4. Pantheism is not true when it says that God is in the universe and the universe is in God.
  5. God is everywhere, but is not everything. He has a separate and divine substance that is fundamentally different from the universe.
  6. God is not an ethereal “Force” that permeates all things, as in the New Age Movement.
  7. Monism is wrong to suggest that all things are one, i.e., God.

All men know that God exists

  1. Rom. 1 and Psa. 19 state that God has made His existence known to all men. They automatically know God exists, by a “sense of the divine” kind of internal intuition as well as by external evidence.
  2. He is a fool who tries to deny this (Psa. 14:1). There are no real atheists or agnostics. They already know God exists. They are just lying in order to try to run from God.
  3. We need not try to prove God’s existence to anyone, for they already know it. We build upon what God has already revealed about Himself in Natural Revelation by bringing Special Revelation. Acts 17.
  4. A God whose existence needed to be proved would not be the true God. It is an insult to God to attempt to prove His existence, for that doubts the fact that He has already made His existence known.
  5. People already know God exists, but all must acknowledge this openly in order to come to know God personally (Heb. 11:6).

Questions

    1. What is theology proper?
    2. What was before God?
    3. How do we tend to respond when we are required to submit to the authority of someone else?
    4. In what ways do we forget about the presence and plan of God, existing as if we are autonomous and independent beings?
    5. How do we tend to respond when someone criticizes or argues with our actions or views?
    6. In what ways do we compromise or minimize the truths of God's Word, living with some form of relativism?
    7. How do we tend to respond when we can't accomplish something on our own, or when someone else proposes a more successful alternative to ours?
    8. What is God’s relationship to time?
    9. What is mankind’s relationship to time?
    10. What is the cosmological argument for the existence of God?
    11. What is the teleological argument for the existence of God?
    12. What is the anthropological argument for the existence of God?
    13. What is the moral argument for the existence of God?
    14. What is the ontological argument for the existence of God?
    15. What are the absolute attributes of God?
    16. What are the relative attributes of God?
    17. What are the names of God?
    18. What are the decrees of God?

Upcoming Studies

  • March
    Theology: Doctrine of God
  • April
    Christology: Doctrine of Jesus Christ
  • May
    Pneumatology: Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
  • Angels
    Angelology: Doctrine of Angels