During my high school years, I attended an all male Catholic military school in Washington, D.C. The teachers and staff were always telling us that we needed to become men of character.
They required us to memorize a long list of attributes that expressed what a man of character was like: integrity, courage, diligence, and loyalty, among many others. With just a little help, I can still recite most of them.
Just as my school described a man of character by listing a set of attributes, we can describe God by talking about his attributes. For instance, it helps us to understand who God is if we say that he is just and merciful, or that he is all-knowing and all-powerful, or that he is wise and compassionate. Words like these can give us some very helpful insights, but they also have their limitations. No word, no series of words, no description at all could ever fully describe Almighty God.
The list of attributes I memorized in high school…
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