Lecture 73- The Attributes of God- Similar and Dissimilar- Life

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The Attributes of God- Similar and Dissimilar: Life

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

For the purpose of studying and meditation upon the attributes of God, we will make a designation between those attributes which are similar and those that are dissimilar.  When we refer to “similar” attributes, we are talking about those attributes that are found in an imperfect state in man.  They are similar because man shares in a lesser degree that same attributes.  Yet, these attributes are attributed to God in a higher degree.  They are perfect and infinite.  For example, man has the attribute of knowledge.  However, human knowledge is limited.  God’s knowledge is perfect and absolute. Whereas we grow in knowledge, God does not grow in knowledge. On the other hand, when we refer to attributes that are “dissimilar,” we are talking about those attributes that are not found in man.  For example, man is not eternal.  Man is mortal.  There was a time when man did not exist.  “Dissimilar” attributes are those attributes in which man does not share in common with God. In this lecture, we begin our conversation about “similar” attributes with the attribute of life.

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