The Spiritual Value of the Personality Concept

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The concept of the personality of God facilitates fellowship; it favors intelligent worship, it promotes refreshing trustfulness. Interactions can be had between nonpersonal things, but not fellowship. The fellowship relations of father and son, as between God our Father and us His children, cannot be enjoyed unless both are persons. Only personalities can commune with each other, albeit this personal spiritual communion with God may be greatly facilitated by the presence of just such an impersonal entity as the fragmentized spirit [right now] indwelling your human mind.

We do not achieve union with God as a drop of water might find unity with the ocean. We attain divine union by progressing reciprocal spiritual communion, by personality intercourse with the fragmentized spirit within you, by increasingly attaining God’s divine nature through wholehearted and intelligent conformity to His divine (inward) personal communion leadings. Such a sublime relationship can exist only between personalities.

Ultimate universe reality cannot be grasped by mathematics, logic, or philosophy, only by personal experience in progressive conformity to the divine will of our personal God. Neither science, philosophy, nor theology can validate the personality of God. Only the personal experience of the faith-children of our Heavenly Father can effect the actual spiritual realization of the personality of God.

The concept of truth might possibly be entertained apart from personality; the concept of beauty may exist without personality; but the concept of divine goodness is understandable only in relation to personality. Only a person can love and be loved. Even beauty and truth would be divorced from survival hope if they were not attributes of a personal God, our loving Spiritual Father.

We cannot fully understand how God can be primal, changeless, all-powerful, and perfect, and at the same time be surrounded by an ever-changing and apparently law-limited universe, an evolving universe of relative imperfections. But we can know such a truth in our own personal experience since we all maintain identity of personality and unity of will in spite of the constant changing of both ourselves and our environment.

The higher concepts of universe personality imply: identity, self-consciousness, self-will, and the possibility for self-revelation. These characteristics further imply fellowship with other and equal personalities; and, the absolute unity of God is so perfect that divinity becomes known by indivisibility of oneness. “The Lord God is one.”

Indivisibility of personality does not interfere with God’s bestowing His spirit to live in our hearts; as indivisibility of a human father’s personality does not prevent the reproduction of mortal sons and daughters. “I worship only Him who made me, and He will certainly guide me.”

“The Guidance of God – that  is the (only true) Guidance.”

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