Most agree that it has to do with silence. Indeed, one speculation is that it is onomatopoetic a word that sounds like what it is.
Other attributes of God will be considered later. All forms of monotheism are not the same. There are different varieties of monotheism.
The first type of monotheism is that of a monad monotheism. This understanding views God as a singular, unitary monad, i.
The Judaic understanding of Jehovah is that of an unextended monad.
The central creed of Judaism is the Shema statement of Deuteronomy 6: The Lord our God is one Lord. The Islamic understanding of Allah is also that of a single monad deity. In the early church there were some ex.
Arius who sought to retain the Jewish concept of monad monotheism rather than accepting Trinitarian monotheism, and there are still some contemporary groups ex. Jehovah Witnesses who promote monad monotheism. A second form of monotheism is that identified as monistic monotheism. This understanding of God views everything to be incorporated in a singular and unitary God-reality comprised of, and expressed in, the whole universe.
Such an understanding of a monistic oneness impinges upon the distinction of the Creator and the creation. Monistic monotheism is also evident in some forms of oriental religious philosophy, as well as in Unitarian forms of monism in Christian Science teaching and in the so-called New Age philosophy.
Some have attempted to express Christian teaching as a monistic monotheism, misusing such verses as Isaiah The third form of monotheism is Trinitarian monotheism, which has been the historic Christian understanding of the oneness of God.
The oneness of God is not conceived of merely as a singular, mathematical oneness, i.
Christians also often see intimations of relational Trinitarianism in the plural pronouns that refer to God cf. Trinitarian monotheism is unique to the Christian understanding of God. This is not an idea that Christians concocted to complicate the understanding of God.
Jesus was praying that His followers, all Christians, would function in a relational oneness in the one Body of Christ, in like manner as He and the Father functioned in relational oneness in the Oneness of the Trinitarian Godhead.
What we are emphasizing here is that the oneness of God must not be viewed as merely a mathematical oneness, a static numerical integer, for this creates at best a monadic concept of God as an isolated individual deity.
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If we were made for relationship with God, why do we often feel lost and distant from Him? The life of Christian faith is and always has been a beautifully awkward reality.
Following Jesus is done-can only be done-in the messiness of this.
In its fullest sense, the “mystery of God” is God’s plan of salvation through Jesus. We would never have been able to comprehend the way to eternal life without the coming of Jesus, His death and resurrection.
9] This damage is unspeakable, and cannot be discerned by reason, but only from God's Word. 10] And [we affirm] that no one but God alone can separate from one another the nature and this corruption of the nature, which will fully come to pass through death, in the [blessed] resurrection, where our nature which we now bear will rise and live eternally without original sin and separated and.
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” – Jeremiah Have you ever considered at what point a test becomes so difficult that you decide you can no longer trust in God and you must take over to solve the problem?
"The mystery of faith" and "a mystery of faith" are phrases found in different contexts and with a variety of meanings, "God's plan and what we believe" it may have been an expression of the Catholic Church's belief that salvation comes through Christ's material blood and through .
The person of God the Father can only be defined in relation to the person of God the Son, and both of their persons can only be defined in relation to the person of God the Holy Spirit.
Allow me to employ another inadequate human analogy.