being of God. There are no regulative principles of knowledge, which are not transcendental also. God knows and wills truth, because he is truth. Robert Browning, A Soul?s Tragedy, 214 ? ?Were ?t not for God, I mean, what hope of truth ? Speaking truth, hearing truth ? would stay with Man?? God?s will does not make truth, but truth rather makes God?s will. God?s perfect knowledge in eternity past has an object. That object must be himself, he is the truth Known, as well as the truthful Knower. But a perfect objective must be personal. The doctrine of the Trinity is the necessary complement to the doctrine of the Attributes. Shedd, Dogmatic Theology, 1:183 ? ?The pillar of cloud becomes a pillar of fire.? See A. H. Strong, Christ in Creation, 102-112.
On the question whether it is ever right to deceive, see Paine, Ethnic Trinities, 300-339. Plato said that the use of such medicines should be restricted to physicians. The rulers of the state may lie for the public good, but private people not: ?officiosum mendacium.? It is better to say that deception is justifiable only where the person deceived has, like a wild beast or a criminal or an enemy in war, put himself out of human society and deprived himself of the right to truth. Even then deception is a sad necessity which witnesses to an abnormal condition of human affairs. With James Martineau, when asked what answer he would give to an intending murderer when truth would mean death, we may say: ?I suppose I should tell an untruth, and then should be sorry for it forever after.? On truth as an attribute of God, see Bibliotheca Sacra, Oct. 1877:735; Finney, Systematic Theology, 661; Janet, Final Causes, 416. 2. Love.
By love we mean that attribute of the divine nature in virtue of which God is eternally moved to self-communication.
<620408> 1 John 4:8 ? ?God is love?; 3:36 ? ?hereby know we love, because he laid down his life for us?; <431724>John 17:24 ? ?thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world?; <451530>Romans 15:30 ? ?the love of the Spirit.?
In further explanation we remark:
(a) The immanent love of God is not to be confounded with mercy and goodness toward creatures. These are its manifestations, and are to be denominated transitive love.
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