4 divine attributes of God
God is infinite, almighty, omnipresent and omniscient
When we say that God is infinite, it absolutely means that he is not limited within the temporal and spatial conditions. His infinitude means that there is no distinction of time for Him. He is an eternal entity existing in an everlasting present. There can not be any imagination of such a time when He was not, He is not and He shall not be. He is always. He was always and shall be always. Past, present and future are the temporal limitations and conditions of which only the finite and non-eternal things are the subject. God is eternal and infinite, therefore He does not come within these limitations and conditions.
4 divine attributes of God …
Secondly the infinitude of God signifies His not being limited by the conditions of the space. There is no here and there for God. If we want to use spatial terms about Him, He is everywhere. For Him there is no distinction of space also. No finitude can be thought of without its reference to time and space. Similarly, the infinity can not also be considered without any reference to time and space. To say God infinite is absolutely meant to describe Him infinite temporally and spatially i.e, He is infinite because He is out of the effect and the compass of time and space.
Sometimes question is raised, ‘is God infinite in his own knowledge ? The answer comes into affirmative. He is not infinite only for others but He is infinite for Himself also. The curiosity further rises. Does He know how far He pervading ? If He knows the boundry of His pervasiveness, He cannot be infinite and if does not know it at all He cannot be omniscient. This knotty question is replied by saying – He does not know the end of His pervasiveness, because He is infinite and thus has no end in time and space. He is omniscient, because He knows Himself as infinite, unbounded and endless. To know the things in their true perspective is knowledge and contrary to this is ignorance.
God is all-pervading or omnipresent and infinite, so He knows Himself alike and the same. If any infinite being knows Him bound, ended and finite it may be called his ignorance. God is all-knowledge, therefore He knows Himself as what really He is by His nature.
The question rises whether God is Almighty or not. If He is Almighty, can He not come into incarnation? If not, how is He Almighty ? The plain answer comes forth that God is Almighty and He cannot come into incarnation. An Almighty being cannot change his nature and reality. Can, thus, an Almighty annihilate Himself ? If not, and still He is Almighty – similar may be the argument in the case of his not coming into incarnation. God is formless, unchangeable, beginningless, ever-mature and endless, therefore He does not assume any corporeal form. He is free from birth, growth and death. Being an Almighty being neither He can make another God nor He can end Himself; therefore it is absurd to use the argument of His omnipotence for His incarnation.
4 divine attributes of God