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God's Personal Nature

“[there are] three general categories faiths and world views can be divided into: 1) world-affirming faiths consisting of Christianity, Judaism and Islam who share a reality of what he terms an “infinite, personal God;” 2) world-denying eastern family of faiths that include Hinduism, Buddhism and new age thought whose views can be characterized as “the undifferentiated and impersonal;” and 3) secular humanistic worldview that include atheism, naturalism and humanism whose ultimate reality are characterized as “chance plus matter plus time.” (Os Guinness, Sacramental Living)

“An impersonal force does not give, it merely generates output. When we choose magic, gaming, or a cause-and-effect approach to life, we are dancing with error. Science tells us that a nuclear reaction changes latent energy into manifest power, either in the form of an explosion or the generation of electricity. Every impersonal view of creation assumes that power comes from fate or from impersonal forces. This assumption is shared by secularism, magic, and pantheistic paganism. However, God is not a force, but a Person. He gives us personal power, He changes hearts, He works miracles. When we detach God from so-called real life and divorce Him from creation, we disregard Him who brings everything into existence from non-existence and continuously sustains it. God’s power may not be manipulated, sold, or exchanged.” (Dynamis 4/25/2018)

“God is not merely some philosophical concept or impersonal force in the universe, such as we see in the science fiction movie Star Wars. God is a Person who shares Himself with us personally.” (Father David L. Fontes, PsyD)

“If God were impersonal…then love—something that can happen only between two or more persons—would be an illusion...The Christian doctrine of the Trinity, however, teaches that there is one God in three persons who have known and loved one another from before the dawn of time.” (Pastor Timothy Keller)

"The claim that “God is love” is unique to Christianity. Other monotheists believe that one God means one person— and there can be no true love without more than one person. Polytheists believe there are many distinct divine natures— and there can be no true love without a union of persons. God can be love only if He is Trinity, and therefore only Trinitarians can truly profess that “God is love.” (Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou)

“God is a personal God and wants to commune with us personally and experientially…Incredible as it seems, the Creator of the universe desires an intimate, loving fellowship with the people He created." (Father David L. Fontes, PsyD, Bill Gothard)

“God doesn’t come and go in our lives. He carries on a permanent relationship with us because He is always there for us and in us. We sense His presence primarily through the work of the Holy Spirit, whose role it is to…comfort us. It happens in our hearts and minds and is largely invisible. Yet, it is also what most accurately describes the most important aspect of our day-today life as Christians. As we abide in Christ, He nourishes us spiritually the same way a vine gives nourishment to its branches (John 15:16).” (Foundation Study Bible, John 3:24)

“Our relationship with our God is not of a juridical nature; it is personal. God is not offended by our sin, just as a doctor is not offended by a sick patient and a mother is not offended by her sick child.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“In God’s eyes, a person’s value has no relationship to his or her wealth or position on the social ladder...all people are valuable and useful in God’s eyes…God is concerned for everyone without respect to culture, race, ethnicity, language, or religion (Acts 10:34-35, 42-43).” (Life Application Study Bible, Psalms 113:5-9, Dynamis 5/7/2015)

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