HOT TOPIC: God's Nature vs His Character

michael_legna's picture

In another thread we veered off ending up discussing the Nature of God esepcially His omniscience and omnipotence.

I hold that God is ALL powerful and ALL knowing and He just chooses not to do somethings and to not know certain things when it suits His plans.

The other side of the argument is that there are certain things God cannot do, like sin. That it is not just Him choosing to not sin but that He is completely incapable of sin, that it is an actual limit to His omnipotence and omniscience.

This thread is meant to give all an opportunity to present arguments for either side.

I will begin by posting a few responses to the last few posts of one other poster in the previous thread.

JeffLogan's picture

It might be well if you

It might be well if you considered all the scriptures together as supporting each other rather than respond to each one individually. It gives the appearance that you are interpreting them in isolation--something you vehemently oppose.

For example, I quoted Romans 3:4: “Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.” And you replied with, "Again this can come by His free choice, it does not require God to be forced to be true." But doesn't it refer to men accusing God of being unfaithful? And isn't the intent to convey the truth that God cannot lie even if men claim he does, or can? As scripture concludes, God is true and man is a liar.

In another place I wrote, "Sin is the absence of righteousness, of godliness." To which your retorted, "Sin is missing the mark, not doing what the standard has been established as. This means not doing what God has determined to be morally right for us. But this can be decided by God as what is right based on His free will."

My statement is correct. If God is Righteousness and Truth, and sin is evil and lies, then where evil and lies are present, Righteousness and Truth are absent. The character of Jesus Christ is the standard of Righteousness, Truth, and Love; not merely His actions or instructions. He asks us to be like Him and His laws, statutes and judgments are likewise spoken or written revelations of His character. He is the mark men miss.

"I press towards the mark, to the prize of the supernal vocation of God in Christ Jesus." Douay-Rheims Bible.

"But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did." NIV

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