Why must God be the Perfect Being?
Why must God be the perfect being? Is God is someone than whom none greater can be conceived? How does God’s perfection set the trajectory for all other attributes in God? How does God’s perfection necessitate his infinitude?
In this new Credo video, Matthew Barrett discusses what perfect-making attributes must follow if Anselm is right that God is someone than whom none greater can be conceived. Watch other videos like this one on the Credo Video page.
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For too long, Christians have domesticated God, bringing him down to our level, as if he is a God who can be tamed. But he is a God who is high and lifted up, the Creator rather than the creature, someone than which none greater can be conceived. If God is the most perfect, supreme being, infinite and incomprehensible, then certain perfect-making attributes must be true of him. Perfections like aseity, simplicity, immutability, and eternity shield God from being crippled by creaturely limitations. At the same time, this all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-wise God exhibits perfect wisdom, holiness, and love as he makes known who he is and how he will save us. When we need to be reminded of God’s magnificence, the attributes of God show us exactly why God is worthy of worship: there is none like him.
Join Matthew Barrett as he rediscovers these divine perfections and finds himself surprised by the God he thought he knew. Your Christian walk will never be the same.