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The Nature of God

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The Nature of God Philippians 2: 1-11 * Is God personal or impersonal? Paul and Timothy say "3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In all my prayers, for all of you." So this means God is personal, because the use of prayer is implemented here for guidance and relation (which fulfils the definition of 'personal'). * Is God immanent or transcendent? Paul and Timothy say "8God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus." So this means God is immanent, because for God to testify something 'he' would need to be on earth and everywhere around, NOW (thus fulfilling the agreed definition of 'immanent'). ...read more.

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* Is God immanent or transcendent? JC says "21...a time is coming when you will worship the father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem." So this means God is transcendent, as 'he' is not earthly (which partially fulfils the definition of 'transcendent' on the AQA sheet). * Is God one or does 'he' take many forms? JC says "23...the Father, 24God is spirit, and, 26...I am He." This suggests that God takes many forms. * Is God generally or specially revealed? The whole section culminates together the idea that God is not a physical being, but one that lives in spirit and truth and worshippers to whom God is generally revealed. ...read more.

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* Is God immanent or transcendent? John says "12...but if we love one another, God lives in us (on earth)." So if (through us) 'he' lives on earth, God must be immanent. * Is God one or does 'he' take many forms? John says "7Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God" and "8...God is love" and "9...begotten Son" and "13...he has given us of his Spirit" and "14...Father" and "15...Jesus is the Son of God." God takes many forms. * Is God generally or specially revealed? If you love one another, then love is all around, thus God is all around, and thus God is generally revealed, tying in nicely with God being immanent. Conclusion God is personal, God is immanent & transcendent, God takes many forms and God makes himself known through special & general revelation. Matthew Friend 10PY Hwrk 10/05/07 ...read more.

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