«For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily» (Colossians 2:9).
ACCORDING TO A STUDY by the Institute of Religious Studies at Baylor University in Texas, God has four facets: authoritarian, benevolent, critical, and distant.
The authoritarian God is the one who is angry about the sins of humankind He is a God who is watching our actions and punishing our faults. Thirty-four percent of respondents believe in this God and are convinced that hurricanes, tsunamis, and other natural tragedies are the manifestation of divine fury in retribution for our weaknesses. The distant God is a faceless architect, a cosmic force that has created us but is not involved in our lives. Twenty-six percent recognize this face of God.
The benevolent God is both demanding and merciful. He establishes codes, regulations, and laws, but is still sympathetic to our shortcomings. Twenty-four percent believe this.
The critical God knows everything but does not intervene in anything. He neither punishes nor comforts. Sixteen percent recognize God like this.
The image of God that we have clarifies what kind of person we are. God made man in His image and likeness, and sin has led people to claim to make God in their image and likeness.
In Christ dwells the total sum of nature and the attributes of God. The dimensions covered by this term are unlimited in time, space, and power. In Christ is found all that God is, every quality of the Deity: dignity, authority, excellence, power to create and order the world, energy to sustain and guide the universe, love to redeem humanity, and foresight to supply all that is necessary for each of His creatures.
«Remember, in Him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. If Christ is abiding in our hearts by faith, we shall, by beholding the manner of His life, seek to be like Jesus—pure, peaceable, and undefiled. We shall reveal Christ in our character. We will not only receive and absorb light but will also diffuse it. We will have more clear and distinct views of what Jesus is to us. The symmetry, loveliness, and benevolence that were in the life of Jesus Christ will be shining forth in our lives (That I May Know Him, p. 178).
«True education does not ignore the value of scientific knowledge or literary acquirements; but above information it values power; above power, goodness; above intellectual acquirements, character.
The world does not so much need men of great intellect as of noble character. It needs men in whom ability is controlled by steadfast principle» (Education, p. 225).