Detriment to Your Theology: Over-Attributing an Attribute of God

When I was in seminary we had a class where we divided into groups and came up with the most important attribute of God. After each group picked their key attribute of God, the class ranked the choices. It led to much arguing and no resolution.

Attributes that made the list were

Holiness–God is completely separate and has to be or else He wouldn’t be God.
Grace–God is gracious and the only hope of man coming to God and He has to be or else He wouldn’t be God.
Just–God has to keep things going right or else things won’t be right and He has to be or else He wouldn’t be God.
Sovereign–God has to be in total control or else the universe will spin out of control and He has to be or else He wouldn’t be God.
Love–God is love and has to be or else He wouldn’t be God.
Eternal–God lasts longer than anything else and has to or else He wouldn’t be God.

On and on it went, each group deciding that if their favorite attribute were not there, God would not be God. Which, I think is true, but these are not mutually exclusive.

God is eternal and so are each of His attributes. God is infinite and so are each of His attributes! Therefore, God is all His attributes fully all the time.

Yet many a theologian has settled on their favorite attribute of God and this leads to a distorted view of God, a twisted theology and many an uncomfortable passage of Scripture that doesn’t quite hold up the attribute as much as we would.

God is eternally huge. Do not boil Him down to one attribute. Pray to know Him and to know Him more and more. Get lost in the vastness of His Godhead and power. Resist the human urge to simplify and condense lest we make a God after our own image not worthy of worship.

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