Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Bible's view of God vs. deism and pantheism (Machen)

J. Gresham Machen:

The God of the Bible is not just another name for the universe itself, nor is He a name for a spiritual purpose supposed to run through the universe, or for any impersonal principle of goodness. No, He is a person. That much is clear at the start. We shall speak in a subsequent talk of the deeper mystery of the three persons in one God. But at least it is clear that God is personal. He is not a force or a principle or a collective somewhat of which we are parts. He is a person, to whom we can say "Thou," a person who can, if He will, speak to us as a man speaketh to His friend, and who can, if He will, become to us a heavenly Father.

What an awesome thought that the Creator of the cosmos wants to be a friend and father to us!

Quote from "God, the Creator" in The Christian Faith in the Modern World (1936)

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