The bible teaches that God is both immanent and transcendent. God is present and active within his creation, but superior to and independent of anything that he has created. These biblical ideas must be kept in balance. The tendency to emphasize one or the other will lead to a faulty conception of God. Several methods have been employed to classify the attributes or qualities of God. We have chosen to follow the classification that differentiates between his greatness and goodness.
- What are some problems and distortions that evidence the need for a correct understanding of God?
- What difficulties arise when we overemphasize either immanence or transcendence?
- How do we confuse God’s attributes with God’s acts? Give some examples
- What is the relationship between God’s essence and his attributes?