Hyperion: a paradox beyond our (or at least my) limits of comprehension.
God is One, and Only, for the infinitely can admit no peer. He is Spiritual, for were He composed of physical parts, some other power would have to combine them into the total, and His aseity would thus be contradicted. He wills to create, then, by an absolute freedom. He is omniscient for in knowing Himself as Cause, He knows all creature things and events by implication.
His knowledge is previsive, for He is present to all time. Even our free acts are known beforehand to Him, for otherwise His wisdom would admit of successive moments of enrichment, and this would contradict His immutability
He is omnipotent for everything that does not involve logical contradiction. He can make being-in other words His power includes creation. If it were made of a substance, an eternally existing matter, for example, which God found there to His hand, and to which He simply gave its form, that would contradict God’s definition as First Cause and make Him a mere mover of something caused already. He creates ex nihilo , and gives them absolute being as so many finite substances additional to Himself.
He can do no evil, for He is positive being’s fullness, and evil is negation. It is true He has created physical evil in places
, but only as a means of wider good. Moral evil He cannot will, either as an end or a means, for that would contradict His holiness. By creating free beings He permits it only, neither His justice nor His goodness obliging Him to prevent the recipients of freedom from misusing the gift.
As regards God’s purpose in creating
, primarily it can only have been to exercise His absolute freedom by the manifestation to others of His glory.
In so far forth, one may say His secondary purpose is in creating is love, for knowledge and love of God is the mainspring of felicity.
"What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder".
Theologians have the trail of the serpent over them, they are only a set of titles obtained by mechanical manipulation of synonyms; instead of "bread" we have a stone; instead of a "fish" we have a serpent.
From the point of view of practical religion, the metaphysical "Monster" which they offer to our worship is an absolutely worthless invention of the scholarly mind.God’s holiness, for example: being holy, God can will nothing but the good. Being omnipotent, He can secure its triumph. Being omniscient, He can see us in the dark. Being just, He can punish us for what He sees. Being loving, He can pardon us too. Being unalterable, we can count on Him securely..
The book of Job explains an intellect perplexed and baffled, yet a trustful sense of presence; such is the situation of a man who is sincere with himself and with the facts, but who remains religious still.
"I will lay mine hand upon my mouth; I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seeth Thee
Source: "The Varieties of Religious Experience", William James