- The most profound quality in God is His infinite understanding. It is
interesting that in the whole Bible the word "infinite" appears three times
and only in the Old Testament. Of these three occurrences, only one is
connected to a special attribute in God's nature. But more interesting
thing is that it is not connected to God's power, but to His understanding:
"Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite
It is certainly that God is Great in Power, but that would not imply, in
the rigour of logic, that God is absolutely All-powerful, meaning that God
is infinite in power. We should not confuse the concept of the infinity in
power with the concept of Omnipotence. The infinity in power would mean the
absolute Omnipotence. Omnipotence per se does not imply the infinity in
power. Nowhere in the whole Bible it is stated that God is infinite in
power, although it is said that God is omnipotent (Rev. 196). It is
certainly that God is omnipotent or almighty. However we should be very
careful in attributing to God, in the name of Omnipotence, some properties
which would render God in fact less perfect. With omnipotence we do not
mean that God can do something against His nature, for instance, that He
can sin or lie, since the Bible explicitly says that it is impossible for
God to do such acts (Heb. 618). Therefore we should not say that God is
absolutely omnipotent/almighty, confusing the infinity in power with
Instead, the word "infinite" is only once used in describing God, where God
is described as infinite in understanding. It is strange that the Bible
does not explicitly state that God is infinite in power, if it were true
that infinity in power is a significant property of God, as some Christians
"Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite." In
the very verse there is two mentioned attributes of God, namely power and
understanding. Which of them has the quality of infinity? It is interesting
that it is not connected to the power in the very verse, where "infinity"
is mentioned. It is connected to an understanding. Why is our Lord great?
Psalmist answers us: "His understanding is infinite."
What does this teach us? It teaches us that the Biblical God has an
understanding of everything. That includes pain.
In the virtue of the infinity in His understanding, we observe the profound
characteristic of the Biblical God: The Divine Empathy. The Empathy is an
action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and
vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another
of either the past or present. The Empathy is an act of understanding, and
in God, this particular empathic understanding is infinite. Empathy is
associated with an experience of every emotion and feeling, especially
including those, which philosophers call qualia, the phenomenological raw
feelings; the brute pain is a paradigmatic example per excellence in the
contemporary discussion about the qualia within the philosophy of mind.
The God of the Bible is the Longsuffering God (Makrothumia of God), cf. 1
Pet. 3:20, 2 Pet. 3: 9. Makrothumia of God demonstrates a profound quality,
which we should more ponder about, namely the quality of Divine
Vulnerability through manifested Divine Perfect Empathy.
According to the first email on this group the author states .
[The most profound quality in God is His infinite understanding. It is interesting that in the whole Bible the word "infinite" appears three times and only in the Old Testament. Of these three occurrences, only one is connected to a special attribute in God's nature. But more interesting thing is that it is not connected to God's power, but to His understanding:]
What kind of talk, rationality, reason, logic is this? How the Dickens does he or anyone else know `the mind' of that which is the primordial cause of all things and its understanding? Does he even know his own mind, consciousness, psyche, essential nature of being, and thoroughly; understand it all? No human being even knows the sum of their self and all its potentials let alone the mind of another human being let alone the `mind' (assuming it is a MIND) which causes all things to appear and happen and is also responsible for all the energies which all this stuff is derived from? If they keep this kind of talk up then Christianity is simply going to fade away in due cause like most all the other religions which have ever existed have done. Does this not bother people?
Human beings are becoming more aware, more tuned in to things, better educated, more experienced in these things, more intelligent all the time evolution of both the physical and mental aspects of creation has not finished yet. But human beings are just not going to put up with this kind or utterly ridiculous nonsensical talk for much longer. Christianity has been evolving for near on two thousand years and if it stops at that kind of attitude and make believe then it is going to become as extinct as the Dodo. Does the author of that text even understand the mind of his own dog as well as he seems to know the mind of the infinite mystery at the base of all thing extant ? If this is Christianity as it is now I think I will pull the plug and move on to something else. I would remind the author that the power that be also gave us a brain to use and the abilty to think and reason.
--- In Christian-Philosophy@yahoogroups.com, Aleksandar Katanovic <akatanov@...> wrote:
> The most profound quality in God is His infinite understanding. It is
> interesting that in the whole Bible the word "infinite" appears three times
> and only in the Old Testament. Of these three occurrences, only one is
> connected to a special attribute in God's nature. But more interesting
> thing is that it is not connected to God's power, but to His understanding:
> "Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite