Transient Life and Maximal Life

I was thinking about the life of God in relation to the life of humanity and thought I'd share a few thoughts. The first question that came to mind was, can we actually comprehend God's Life? Is it at all possible to delve into such a topic in light of the infinite nature of God? I believe we can, at the very least, get a glimpse into the topic. We have to start with what we know about God. We do know that whatever we can say about God- He is intelligent, powerful, loving, just, merciful- He is all those things in absolute measure. In other words, he is the Absolute in all things; maximally powerful, intelligent, just, loving, merciful, etc. We can apply this philosophical "maximal property" idea to God's Life as well; something we don't often think about. The first step is changing our thinking about God's Being.

One person, answering the question, Is God a being or force, or something in between?, wrote:

"God" could be something like "Chi". There are religions that count God as a sort of force."

This isn't a fringe opinion either. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, 32% of Americans believe God is some sort of force, or energy. Oddly, many believers, while claiming to have a relationship with God, think about Him in abstract ways, such as a mathematics problem. This is an error. God is not an abstract "thing". He is not a thing at all! He is a living, personal being. And since we know that God is Absolute in all His qualities, He is also the Absolute Living Being, who lives maximally. He experiences life fully. This militates against the vague and pagan New Age notion that God is a "force", somewhat akin to magnetism. As much as I know Star Wars is popular, the Force isn't real. The Church Fathers expressed it this way:

"God is not born, nor made. He is of an ever abiding nature without beginning and without end. He is immortal, perfect, and incomprehensible."- Aristides

"Our God did not begin in time."- Tatian

"What must be the condition of the Great Supreme Himself? Surely it must be that nothing is equal to Himself."- Tertullian

"He cannot be seen-He is brighter than light. Nor can He be grasped-He is purer than touch. He cannot be estimated, for He is greater than all perceptions. He is infinite and immense. His greatness is known to Himself alone. But our heart is too limited to understand Him...He who thinks he knows the magnitude of God is diminishing His magnitude."- Mark Minucius Felix

On the other hand, we, as contingent beings, experience life minimally. That is, our lives are limited to time, place and circumstance, and are experienced only moment to moment. This sort of transient experience of life is often why we feel sadness at the passing years, depression over lost opportunities of days gone by, and fear of the end of the rapidly passing days given us. Our sequential lives are minimal and less fulfilling. This is, of course, a result of the Fall of Man, since we were originally created without death, and thus had a share in God's maximal life. Perhaps there is a lasting memory of this in our DNA that causes us to yearn for "something more". We have the opportunity, through Jesus, to once again share in the divine life, a life of maximal property. This is the answer to the desire for something more, something better, and the antidote to transient existence. 

Just a few thoughts.

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