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The Perfections of God

​God is eternal: He has no beginning and no end. Before there ever was anything, there was God. He always was, is, and ever will be. With God there is no time: everything is present. We cannot imagine eternity, but we can understand what it is to be without beginning or end

What do we mean when we say that God is eternal? — When we say that God is eternal, we mean that He always was and always will be, and always remains the same.
God had no beginning; there never was a time when there was no God. God can never cease to exist; He will have no end. He will always be living, immortal.
There is no time with God: with Him there is neither past nor future; everything is present. “One day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Pet. 3:8). “Before the mountains were made, or the earth and the world was formed, from eternity and to eternity thou art God” (Ps. 89:2). “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end” (Apoc. 1:8).
God will always remain the same
God cannot change. The God that is God now is the same God that has ever been, the same God that will ever be, from and throughout all eternity, the “Father of Lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration” (Jas. 1:17).

What do we mean when we say that God is all-good? — When we say that God is all-good, we mean that He is infinitely lovable in Himself, and that from His fatherly love every good comes to us.
God is Himself love. Love is part of His nature. Compared to God’s infinite goodness, the goodness of man is nothing, only the shadow of a shadow.
Men, creatures of God, are good because God made them to His image and likeness. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is sweet” (Ps. 33:9).
Out of His goodness, God created angels and men, although He had no need of them. God loves His creatures far more than a mother loves the children she has borne.
God gives us the beautiful world to live in. He takes care of our body and soul. He showers benefits and graces on us day after day. He prepares for us a place in heaven. Above all, He sent His Son down to earth to die for us.

What do we mean when we say that God is all-knowing? — When we say that God is all-knowing, we mean that He knows all things, past, present, and future, even our most secret thoughts, words, and actions.
God is all-knowing. Before His eyes all secrets, even the most hidden, are clear, even secrets that will not be thought of by man until the end of the world.
God knows us for what we are: we cannot hide anything from Almighty God. “All things are naked and open to the eyes of him to whom we have to give account” (Heb. 4:13).
God, all-knowing, will one day make everything known to everybody, disclosing our entire lives for all to read and know.
If we think of this power of God to see and know all things, and His promise to make everything manifest on the last day, we can more easily resist temptations to sin. “For there is nothing hidden that will not be made manifest; nor anything concealed that will not be known” (Luke 8:17).

What do we mean when we say that God is all-present? — When we say that God is all-present, we mean that He is everywhere.
God is all-present, because there is nothing that can have existence apart from Him. All creation exists in Him as thought exists in the mind. There is no place where God is not.
“‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ saith the Lord” (Jer. 23:24). “In Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). However, we must not make the mistake of thinking that God, in Whom everything exists, is limited by this everything. He has no limits, and exists outside as well as in all creation.
God is all-present, present everywhere, at the same time. He is not like man, that cannot be in two places at the same time. God is wholly everywhere at the same time
The presence of God should be an incentive for us to do everything to please Him. As we are careful never to do anything wrong in the presence of our mother, how much more careful should we be in the presence of God! “Shall a man be hid in secret places, and I not see him?” (Jer. 23:24).
Although God is everywhere, we do not see Him, because He is a spirit, and cannot be seen with our eyes.
Similarly, we cannot see our own soul or that of another. “God is spirit, and they who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

What do we mean when we say that God is almighty? — When we say that God is almighty, we mean that He can do all things.
God can do anything, by a mere act of His will. Nothing is impossible to God.
“Things that are impossible with men are possible with God” (Luke 18:27). The only thing God cannot do is to make a contradiction:– He cannot will wrong, because wrong is a contradiction of His goodness.

God’s omnipotence or power is known to us especially by the magnificence of creation, and by His miracles.

Yet God created all the immensity of the heavens with nothing except His word. “Be light made. And light was made.” (Gen. 1:3). In the same way Our Lord worked many of His miracles. “Great is the Lord … of his greatness there is no end” (Ps. 144).

 Is God all-wise, all-holy, all-merciful, and all-just? — Yes, God is all-wise, all-holy, all-merciful, and all-just.
 
God is all-wise. The more we learn of the wonders of the universe, the more we are amazed by the infinite wisdom of God, by His almighty power. His knowledge is infinite. He knows how to direct all things to the highest ends, and by the most fitting means.
 
God is infinitely holy in Himself. He loves good and hates evil. Therefore He is also all-just. He will punish the wicked and reward the good. “Be ye holy, because I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev. 19:2).
Partial justice is done in this life, for often the good are happy, and the wicked are tormented by their conscience. But complete justice will not be accomplished till the next life.
 
God is infinitely merciful He gives sinners time for repentance. He receives us back with joy when we repent. But merciful as He is, we must not presume on His mercy, for “God will not be mocked.” “The Lord is compassionate and merciful, long suffering and plenteous in mercy” (Ps. 102:8). “He is long-suffering, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

Taken from “My Catholic Faith” I am not the author merely the distrubutor.
God Bless BJS!!

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God the Supreme Being

​God created the world in six days. On the first day He made light and darkness, day and night. On the second day He made the sky and divided the waters. On the third day of Creation, God caused dry land to appear out of the waters, and bade plants to spring forth from the land. On the fourth day God made the sun, the moon, and the stars. On the fifth day He made creeping things, birds and fishes. On the sixth day God made beasts, and finally, man. Then on the seventh day God stopped working: He rested. “The heavens show forth the glory of God.” (Ps. 18:2).

Who is God? — God is the Supreme Being, infinitely perfect, Who made all things and keeps them in existence.
God made everything — men, beasts, plants, planets, stars, everything. Not only that; God keeps everything in existence. Were He to take away His hand from what He created, everything would disappear into nothingness quicker than thought. Without a cause, there could be no effects. Without God, could there be anything at all?
“In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). “In him were created all things” (Col. 1:16). “It is he who gives to all men life and breath and all things” (Acts 17:25).
The traditions of all nations and races support the idea of the existence of God. All nations and peoples have an inner convictionof God’s existence; their intellect supports their instinctive trust.
Even among the wildest, most remote, and most degraded pagans there is invariably found the worship of some deity recognized as supreme, on whom man depends. There are savage peoples without ruler, laws, or even settlements, but never without some god that they worship with prayer and sacrifice

What do we mean when we say that God is the Supreme Being? — When we say that God is the Supreme Being, we mean that He is above all creatures, the self-existing and infinitely perfect Spirit.
“I am the first and I am the last, and besides me there is no god” (Is. 44:6). “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end,’ says the Lord God. ‘who is and who was and who is coming'” (Apoc. 1:8)

What is a spirit? — A spirit is a being that has understanding and free will, but no body, and will never die.
God is a pure spirit. As God has no body, when we speak of His eyes and His hands we only speak in a figurative manner, in order to make ourselves more understandable according to our human way of speaking.
Our Lord said to the Samaritan woman at the well: “God is spirit; and they who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Yet God has often taken on visible forms, in order to be seen by men. Thus he showed Himself in the form of a dove at the baptism of Jesus, and in the form of tongues of fire on Pentecost. God is neither a dove nor tongues of fire; He merely assumed those forms in order to be seen by mortal eyes.
Angels and devils are pure spirits. Men are only partly spiritual, because they have a body. Man’s soul is a spirit, absolutely independent of matter, and by creatures indestructible.
As spirits, God and men have this in common, though in different degrees: all have understanding, intellect, and free will. By his free will man can even defy his Creator, God.

What do we mean when we say that God is self-existing? — When we say that God is self-existing we mean that He does not owe His existence to any other being.
God made us, but who made God? God said to Moses, “I am who am” (Exod. 3:14). He exists of Himself, deriving His Being from no other. God is the First Cause.
All other beings and things owe their existence to God. In comparison to Him, we are nothing.

Man can never have a complete knowledge of God. Man is finite and cannot fully understand the infinite. A cup can contain the immensity of the ocean more easily than man can fully understand the Infinite God.

We know God only partly, from the order, harmony, and existence of things, from our conscience, and from God’s revelations to man.

What do we mean when we say that God is infinitely perfect? — When we say that God is infinitely perfect, we mean that He has all perfections without limit.
God is immense and eternal, “an ocean without shore or bottom,” the unchangeable Being that only Himself can fully understand: “Of his greatness there is no end” (Ps. 144:3)
God is so great and wonderful that He needs nothing to make Him greater or more wonderful. He possesses all perfections, countless, innumerable, illimitable, boundless.
God cannot be better, holier, or more perfect than He already is. He is at the acme of perfection, the uncreated, the Infinite. “Heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee” (3 Kings 8:27).
So perfect is God that He is infinitely incomprehensible, incapable of being completely understood. Reason can verify the revelation that God made of Himself. But when we make our reason or our emotions the final authority, we make ourselves our own god, and shut the road to the supernatural, the Infinite.
God alone can bridge the chasm that yawns between the finite and the infinite. When we take advantage of His grace to seek Him in loving trust, He holds out His hand, a Father calling to children, to cross the chasm safely to Him.
The Creator is above all the created, though something of Him, some likeness of His Being, may be found in every creature. But even were all creatures, from the most glorious seraphim to the lowliest of moss, to combine their powers and perfections, theirs would be a faint shadow of God’s all-encompassing supremacy.

What are some of the perfections of God? — Some of the perfections of God are: God is eternal, all-good, all-knowing, all-present, and almighty.
God’s perfections do not exist separately in Him, but are one and identical with Himself. They are only various manifestations of His one nature and perfection. In God, for example, His goodness is one with His wisdom and power. His perfections, besides being one and the same in Him, are also identical with Him: that is, God Himself is infinity, wisdom, goodness, power.

Taken from “My Catholic Faith” I am not the author merely the distrubutor.
God Bless BJS!!