What can we learn of God's internal character by looking at the world around us?
1. The first thing we see is that all races, nations and
cultures treasure the love in the family unit. This love is universal
and the need and desire for love is fundamental in every human being.
Where does this love originate? From our cause God. God is a
God of true love.
2. Each person has a conscience driving him or her to seek
beauty, truth and goodness. People love art, music, dance, paintings,
literature and poetry. It is human nature to seek beautiful clothes,
hair styles, cosmetics and jewelry. This desire for beauty is an
effect of God. God is a God of
Men and women seek truth. This is why people read, express
themselves in writings and go to libraries and bookstores. There is a
deep desire in mankind to see children receive an education. We are
all born with an innate need to learn, explore and expand through
knowledge and wisdom. People study science and the humanities to
master the environment and human relationships. God is a
God of truth.
Mankind desires to do good works. This is evidenced in
charities, volunteer work and the many social and professional
organizations that champion high ethical standards. People have
through religion and philosophy sought guiding principles of
goodness. Our nature feels remorse when we do wrong, and we feel
indignation when we see wrong doing. Because our creator is sensitive
and idealistic, people are sensitive and idealistic too. God is a
God of goodness and
3. We see order, law and principle throughout the universe.
Incredible order and harmony permeates
creation. Kant said, "...the glorious order, beauty, and providential
care, everywhere displayed in nature, give rise to the belief in a
wise and great Author of the Universe." Kepler said, "The universe
was stamped with the adornment of harmonic proportions ....
illustrating the glory of the fabric of the world, and of God the
said, "The celestial order and the beauty of the universe compel me
to admit that there is some excellent and eternal Being, who deserves
the respect and homage of me." God is a master scientist--a
God of law, order and
4. Every person has a deep need to create and to build. We
admire and treasure the creations of man, and we stand in awe of the
creations of God.
see infinite uniqueness in the universe. Snowflakes have six sides,
yet no two snowflakes are the same. How many snowflakes have
in history? Every person has two eyes, a nose and a mouth, but no two
faces are identical. Even identical twins are not identical. Every
person has fingerprints, yet no two people have ever had the same
fingerprints. Every human being has a unique personality and a deep
need to express that special individuality by creative work. This
deep motivation to be creative and to strive for excellence comes
from our creator God. God is a God of
5. Mankind seeks eternal, unchanging, and absolute values. A marriage ceremony is when a man and a woman publicly pledge eternal, absolute and unchanging love. We desire to make commitments for life. Many songs are about love that lasts forever. For example, one popular song says:
It's very clear
In time, the Rockies may crumble,
People want eternal unity with their families, relatives and
friends. We also have the wish for an eternal afterlife because we do
not have enough time on earth to express all our love and creativity.
Kant said, "... it is plain that the hope of a future life arises
from the feeling, which exists in the breast of every man, that the
temporal is inadequate to meet and satisfy the demands of his
nature." The desire for eternal life and eternal, unchanging and
absolute values comes from God. God is
eternal, unchanging and absolute.
A fundamental question of mankind is what is our relationship
to God? God is our parent, and we are his children. An essential part
of being a parent is being a leader. God's desire is for us to be
good followers. Other terms that could be used are subject and
We are to be good objects to God. This does not mean that God
is a dictator and we are to be robots. True leadership does not mean
pushing someone down but lifting them up with parental discipline,
nurturing and love. Although God is to be the leader, he also needs
our ideas, love and creativity. Between people there is often a
leader and follower relationship. We see this between parents and
children, teachers and students, employer and employees, a conductor
and an orchestra, political leaders and their constituents.
To find real happiness, people must master the art of being a
good follower to their leaders and being a good leader to those who
follow them. The action between leader and follower is called Give
and Take Action. God created everything in the universe to exist, act
and multiply through give and take action, i.e., through
interdependent and harmoniously reciprocal relationships.
For example, atoms exist and act because of the give and take action between the protons and electrons. Plants exist because of the give and take of xylem and phloem. Plants give oxygen to animals, and animals return carbon dioxide to plants. Each person can exist and act because of the give and take between the arteries and veins, inhalation and exhalation. We need give and take between our mind and body. On a human relationship level people need give and take in the family between husband and wife, parents and children, brothers and sisters. Society can function well only if there is harmony and cooperation for common goals between people, families, groups and nations.
If parents have many children they know and love each of them
intimately. Even though there are billions of people God loves and
knows each person intimately too. And just as parents want give and
take with their children, God wants give and take with each of us.