God, the Father

God as eternal Father reigns with care over his universe, his creatures, and the flow of human history according to the purposes of his grace. He does this in an inexplicable way that balances his perfect will with humanity’s legitimate free will. God is Father to those who become his children through Jesus Christ, and he deeply desires ALL of creation to be reconciled to him. As such, everyone (and I do mean EVERYone) can be saved.

1Timothy 2:3-4 This is good and pleases God our savior, who wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth.

For additional discussion on masculine / analogical language for God “the Father,” please see my alternate blog entry: Is God Male?

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About C_Lambeth

I currently live in the Pacific Northwest. I graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor's of Science and from George Fox Seminary (now Portland Seminary) with a Master's of Divinity. In addition to knowing Christ and helping others know him, I am passionate about peace, the environment, Christian feminism, justice for all (not just the wealthy) and being a lifelong learner. Please feel free to comment on any of the posts here or to suggest new posts altogether. Thank you for reading me! -CL
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One Response to God, the Father

  1. C_Lambeth says:

    Some people have questioned Christianity’s doctrine on God’s eternal existence. They find it too convenient that Christians merely start with the assumption that God is the only “necessary” or uncreated being in the universe whereas everything else (and I do mean EVERYTHING) is a “contingent” or created entity or that which owes its existence to something that came before. I understand the criticism, but there are two things to say about it.

    First of all, the concept of God being the only uncreated, eternally existing entity across all times and spaces and beyond is a faith position. It is not blind faith, for we have evidence as centralized in the Bible that continues to transmit what God has communicated about himself. We believe in this eternally existent and uncreated God because of that evidence, not in spite of it.

    Secondly, in the world of ideas and faith positions, Christians are not unique in postulating the eternal, uncreated existence of something. One need not search too long in atheistic dogma to discover that atheists have faith that “matter” itself is eternally existent. Like much of atheism, this faith is unsupported by scientific data, for honest scientists, regardless of their personal philosophical and religious commitments, acknowledge that either nothing existed before the Big Bang or at the very least, that we simply have no idea what existed prior to that event if anything.

    In practical terms, suggesting that we exist in a universe where there is an infinite progression of cause and effect that stretches from the eternal past and into the eternal future creates more problems than it solves, especially as we look behind us in time. Such a conception solves nothing, ignores all kinds of evidence, and leaves us little to do except throw our hands in the air and stop asking questions. A better option is available, and it is found in the biblical text. If we are going to start with an assumption, an eternally existent, uncreated God makes a lot of sense.

    -CL

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