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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

How I Would Describe God

Today, what roles would you use to describe God to a non-Christian friend? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 725).

Three descriptions of God immediately come to mind: omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience. But the question remains, what characteristic of God means the most to me? Hands down the answer is omniscience. But the God I worship does not just "contain" knowledge, he shares it. If I were to use one phrase that best describes what God means to me, it would be that he is the Source of all Enlightenment. He is the one from which intellectual insights and spiritual inspiration derive. His light of understanding gives meaning to every aspect of life. He places all the world, including me, in a meaningful context. And that context is not based on hatred, but embodies love. In fact, enlightenment is love as God is love. Enlightenment without love cannot exist. Contexts of meaning can exist (and can be based on hatred itself), but this is not enlightenment which is positive and actualizes the disciplines of love. So for me, in a phrase, God is the Source of all Enlightenment; and in one word, he is Light.

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