Who is God?

God’s identity refers to the character of God, His personhood, and His various characteristics. God is tri-personal, meaning that He is three-persons in one being, or three ‘whos’ and one ‘what’.

Relevance of God’s Identity to Us:

1 Since we are Image-Bearer’s of God, God’s identity is relevant for our own identities as we are His reflective creations.

Just as a 2-dimensional mirror-image is like the 3-dimensional object that reflects in the mirror, so we are like God in some relevant ways. We are less than God, certainly…but there is something about us that is only answered by looking at God. What are these similarities precisely? This is a question for another time. But there is much to discuss before we get to this question. For now, this is good account of the reflective relationship between man and his God:

“We are mirrors whose brightness, if we are bright, is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us” CS Lewis

Understanding God’s relationship to you sheds light onto who you are, your purpose, and why you struggle after apparently impossible things, like justice, peace, immortality, and unconditional love. We are meant to be more than this world.

2 The relationship we have with God determines many aspects of our life, our virtue, our wisdom, and our vocation(s).
Who God is determines who you are because you are made in the Image of God.

3 God’s identity informs the context of God’s incarnation in Jesus Christ, our Savior. Knowing God’s identity, and understanding God’s relationship to you provides the back-story for the reason why we need a savior, and why we have a savior. That is to say, part of God’s identity, that He has revealed to us, is that He loves us and wants us to be perfect: this explains why He set-up perfect standards and why He would suffer and die on the cross to raise us to perfection. We needed a savior because God’s standards could not be met by us. We have a savior because God is love, and would incarnate Himself in Jesus Christ so that we may be perfected through Christ’s sacrifice.

So, who God is determines our understanding of our own identities and His relationship to you and me objectively, as God’s nature precedes our nature, because our nature is a reflection of God’s nature.

Popular Nonsense

1 False: God is an anthropomorphism and a psychological manifestation stemming from a deep-seated desire for a father figure.

God doesn’t conform to human behavior. God doesn’t solve the superficial problems that we want solved. The Christian God is not anthropomorphic.

2 False: God is bound by human morality and is subject to our anthropomorphic idea about Him (a false belief about His nature).

Human righteousness is a function of our nature as Image-bearers of God, which means that we have a specific nature and purpose. We are limited creatures within a larger plan. We struggle and live life within this larger plan. Our decisions are morally evaluable according to our design and our limitations of knowledge.

However, God does not have a design to live up to as we do. Nor does He work in ignorance about making decisions that may or may not fall in line with the greater plan. Therefore, His commands and decisions in this world are not susceptible to our terribly oblique, imperfect, and woefully unequipped judgments. To judge God as if He were a person like a human being like us, is to commit yourself to a gratuitous anthropomorphism.

 

  • Free Resources

Highly Recommended Audio Files from Professor Peter Kreeft:

Divine Truth—The Heart’s Deepest Longing — Explores the nature of self, subjective truth, objective truth and Christ as the Truth

Arguments for God’s Existence — Five classic defenses for believing in God

Mere Christianity — Next to the Bible, C.S. Lewis’s masterpiece receives Dr. Kreeft’s highest recommendation

Time and Eternity — C.S. Lewis’s insights on these intriguing topics

The Cosmic Dance — C.S. Lewis’s joyful cosmology of femininity and masculinity

  • Videos:

 

“I Am” (1 of 5) Introduction: This is very handy and concise discussion about God’s Identity

“I Am” (2 of 5) Has the Universe Always Existed?: How is the nature of the universe different than God’s nature?

“I Am” (3 of 5) How did the Universe Begin?

“I Am” (4 of 5) Some Attributes of God — The Only Self-Existent Being:

“I Am” (5 of 5) God’s Name:

God’s identity, God’s nature, and understanding God’s relationship to you, begins with study and contemplation about God. Who God is determines many things beyond our immediate sight. Patience, thought and unbounded curiosity are always needed. If you find any resources to add to this page, please email me: darius@christianrationality.com

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