3.1 The nature and characteristics of God

In this lesson we will turn our attention to questions such as:

  • What comprises the nature of God?
  • Does He have characteristics?
  • If so, what is their relationship to human characteristics?

We will become acquainted with various ways in which theology endeavours to answer these questions, and will attempt to define the nature and characteristics of God with the help of statements contained in the Catechism of the New Apostolic Church.

There are many statements about God in the Bible. Nevertheless, it is hardly possible to specify the nature and the characteristics of God. This is because the divine being surpasses all human powers of imagination. Any theological discussion about the nature and characteristics of God, however, occurs in the knowledge that we are limited to the scope of human discourse and the categories of human abilities and ideas. It is and remains a matter of searching and groping.