|Q19 : Attributes of God|
I will be introducing my nephew (10) to some basic Greek and theology over the course of the summer, and for the theology part I would like him to memorize the fourteen attributes of God as outlined by Ryrie. The trick, of course, is trying to make the attributes understandable to a ten-year-old (so far as that is possible). I would like to provide him a short definition for each of the attributes (which, granted, may include learning some difficult words) and a scripture verse.
“Love” is giving me a hard time. I’m wondering if you might have an idea of how I could define God’s attribute of love to a ten-year-old. No pressure if you don’t. I just happen to have your e-mail address, and I know you know theology, and so I thought I might give you a try.
If you have any ideas for “Simplicity” and “Truth,” that would be neat, too.
I’ll paste what I have so far at the end of this message in order to give you an idea of where I’m going with this. If you have a suggestion for “Love” (or “Simplicity” or “Truth”), you have my gratitude. If not, please don’t lose any sleep over it, and accept my gratitude anyway (for allowing me to bother you).
Thank you for your time.
Holiness – God is separate and other.
Immutability – God doesn’t change.
Sovereignty – God is in complete control of all things.
Righteousness – God is always right.
Unity – God is the only God and he is indivisible.
Love – ???
Eternity – God is self-existent.
Simplicity – ???
Freedom – God is independent of his creation.
Infinity – God transcends his creation.
Truth – ???
Omnipotence – God is all-powerful.
Omniscience – God is all-knowing.
Omnipresence – God is present everywhere with his whole being.