Why doesn’t God not abdicate His Godhood?

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UncleWaddyHead from YouTube asks a number of questions about God;

  1. “Why doesn’t God not abdicate His godhood immediately?”
  2. Why would God, if he felt a need to create, and is omnipotent, AND opposed to tyranny, not create a race of equals, thereby negating his godhood and superior status once and for all?
  3. What is He [God] afraid of?

Let’s answer UncleWaddyHead’s 3rd question first; “What is He [God] afraid of?”

Answer: Nowhere in the Bible does it say God is afraid of anything. God is not afraid of anything.

Next we’ll answer UncleWaddyHead’s 1st part of the 2nd question next.

Seeing that it is broken into two parts, we’ll answer the first part of UncleWaddyHead’s 2nd question; “Why would God, if he felt a need to create, and is omnipotent, AND opposed to tyranny, not create a race of equals?”

Answer: God did create a race of equals; God created you and me in His image as equals. The human race (the one which every man and woman belongs) was created in God’s image as equals.

We are all equal in the eyes of God and were each given a purpose by God:

God told us that everything (including you and me) was made for a purpose. [Proverbs 16:4]

God created us for His pleasure. [Revelation 4:11]

God’s unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. [Ephesians 1:5]

We are to choose to become more and more like Christ Jesus and reflect His glory. [2 Corinthians 3:18]

God invites us to participate in the greatest, largest, most diverse, and most significant cause in history – his kingdom by sharing His love with everyone.  [1 Peter 3:15]

We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. [Romans 8:28]

God tells us to test ourselves and to examine our faith to see if it is placed into the correct things. [2 Corinthians 13:5]

God told us to study and gain knowledge and to not be ignorant of fact and to refuse foolish and ignorant speculations. [Proverbs 4:5, 7; 16:16: 2 Timothy 2:23]

1 Thessalonians 4:7 tells us that God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.

1 Timothy 4:7 – God tells us to have nothing to do with worldly myths and fables and to discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness.

1 Peter 2:21 – God informs us that our purpose is to use Christ Jesus as an example and to follow in Christ Jesus teachings.

Jesus tells us in John 15:9-17 and Luke 10:25-37 that our purpose is to love God with all our heart and to also love one another.

We are informed by Jesus that we are to share life with each other and with Him. [Matthew 18:20]

Now, we’ll answer the whole of UncleWaddyHead’s 2nd question.

The whole 2nd question together; “Why would God, if he felt a need to create, and is omnipotent, AND opposed to tyranny, not create a race of equals, thereby negating his godhood and superior status once and for all?” >>Here I am assuming that UncleWaddyHead is wondering why God didn’t create you and me as God instead of who you and I actually are, human beings created in God’s image.<<

Answer: We need to understand the attributes of God before we can fully answer UncleWaddyHead’s second question. Here is a list of God’s attributes. (Btw, they came from the link in the resources section below which has the Bible verses which describe God in it.)

SELF-EXISTENT: God has no cause; He does not depend on anything for his continued existence.

TRANSCENDENT: God is entirely distinct from the universe, as the carpenter is distinct from the bench; excluding pantheism (God in all) and animism (everything is a god).

IMMANENT: Though transcendent, God is present with and in the world; excluding deism (God is out there but not here).

IMMUTABLE: God is perfect in that He never changes nor can He change with respect to His being, attributes, purpose, or promises; excluding process theology, Mormon doctrine of eternal progression.

ETERNAL: God is perfect in that He transcends all time and temporal limitations, and is thus infinite with respect to time.

OMNIPRESENT: God is perfect in that He transcends all space and spatial limitations, and is thus infinite with respect to space, with His whole Being filling every part of the universe and being present everywhere (not diffused through the universe, but present at each point in His fullness).

OMNIPOTENT: God is perfect in that He can do all things consistent with the perfection of His being.  God cannot do the self-contradictory (e.g., make a rock He cannot lift), nor can He do that which is contrary to His perfect nature (e.g., He cannot change, He cannot lie, etc.).

OMNISCIENT: God is perfect in that He knows all things, including events before they happen.

INCORPOREAL: God has no body or parts, and is immaterial, being a simple and infinite being of spirit; excluding the Mormon doctrine of God as an exalted man.

ONE: God is a perfectly unique and simple being, existing as one infinite Being called God.  There is therefore only one God, who is called Yahweh in the Old Testament, and who reveals Himself in the persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the New Testament; thus excluding polytheism, tritheism (belief in three gods), and subordinationism (in which Christ is a lesser god subordinate to the Almighty God).

CREATOR: God is the One through whom all things have come into existence; by His unbounded power and knowledge He created finite existence ex nihilo and formed the universe as it now is.

PERSONAL:  God, as the author of personhood in the created universe, cannot be less than personal Himself; thus He experiences relationships with other persons, or self-conscious beings.  Note that God may be more than personal, indeed, His infinite nature suggests that He must be.

INCOMPREHENSIBLE: God is incomprehensible, not in the sense that the concept of God is unintelligible, but in the sense that God cannot be fully and directly known by finite creatures, because of His uniqueness and His infinitude.

MORALLY PERFECT: The following are the moral attributes of God; they are listed here together because God’s moral nature is perfectly unified, with no tension between His wrath and His love, for example.

a.        GOOD: God is morally excellent, and does only good

b.        HOLY: God is morally transcendent, utterly separated from all evil, and perfectly pure

c.        RIGHTEOUS: God is perfectly moral in all that He does, doing everything right

d.       TRUE: God is perfectly truthful, and cannot lie

e.        LOVING: God’s moral character is pure love, sacrificial giving for the true benefit of another

f.         WRATHFUL: God’s moral perfection requires Him to show displeasure against anything which seeks to act contrary to its moral purpose,
            to judge that which rebels against His authority as Creator and Lord 

To say that “God is omnipotent” means that His power is limitless, and, thus, God is capable of doing anything that is logically possible. This does not mean that God can do things that are absurd or irrational. It is absurd and irrational to think that God could create Himself because as we see from God’s attributes, God is not created.

In fact, the Bible is very clear that there are certain things God cannot do: He cannot lie (Titus 1:2) and He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). This is not because He lacks the power, but because He is true to His own nature. So, there is no contradiction in saying that God is all powerful (He can do anything that is logically possible), and yet He cannot do things that are logically impossible.

In fact, apart from the biblical God, we would have no reason to believe that contradictions are always wrong because the law of non-contradiction itself stems from the nature of God. All truth is in God (John 14:6; Colossians 2:3), and God cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). Thus, truth will not go against itself; it will not contradict. Apart from the biblical God, there would be no reason for the law of non-contradiction—or any law of logic.

Finally, we’ll answer UncleWaddyHead’s 1st question. “Why doesn’t God not abdicate His godhood immediately?”

Answer: God cannot abdicate His godhood. As stated in the attributes of God, He is IMMUTABLE: God is perfect in that He never changes nor can He change with respect to His being, attributes, purpose, or promises; excluding process theology, Mormon doctrine of eternal progression.

Also, if God were to be able to abdicate His godhood, nothing would exist. God upholds all things by His power (Hebrews 1:3) and if God were to be able to abdicate His godhood, all things (you, me, the universe, earth, etc.) would immediately cease to exist.

Thank you for your questions UncleWaddyHead! May God bless you! 

Resources

http://www.equip.org/articles/the-attributes-of-god

www.answersingenesis.org

http://www.biblemaster.com

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