that moving energy, which we call the life of God. Dewey, Psychology, 253 ? ?The sense of being alive is much more vivid in childhood than afterwards. Leigh Hunt says that, when he was a child, the sight of certain palings painted red gave him keener pleasure than any experience of manhood.? Matthew Arnold: ?Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven.? The child?s delight in country scenes, and our intensified perceptions in brain fever, shows us by contrast how shallow and turbid is the stream of our ordinary life. Tennyson, Two Voices: ??Tis life, whereof our nerves are scant, Oh life, not death, for which we pant; More life; and fuller, that we want.? That life the needy human spirit finds only in the infinite God. Instead of Tyndall?s: ?Matter has in it the promise and potency of every form of life,? we accept Sir William Crookes?s dictum: ?Life has in it the promise and potency of every form of matter.? See A. H. Strong, on The Living God, in Philos. and Religion, 180-187.
The Scriptures represent God as a personal being. By personality we mean the power of self-consciousness and of self-determination. By way of further explanation we remark
(a) Self-consciousness is more than consciousness. This last the brute may be supposed to possess, since the brute is not an automaton. Man is distinguished from the brute by his power to objectify self. Man is not only conscious of his own acts and states, but also, by abstraction and reflection he recognizes the self, which is the subject of these, acts and states.
(b) Self-determination is more than determination. The brute shows determination, but his determination is the result of influences from without; there is no inner spontaneity. Man, by virtue of his freewill, determines his action from within. He determines self in view of motives, but his determination is not caused by motives; he himself is the cause.
God, as personal, is in the highest degree self-conscious and self- determining. The rise in our own minds of the idea of God, as personal, depends largely upon our recognition of personality in us. Those who deny spirit in man place a bar in the way of the recognition of this attribute of God.
<020314> Exodus 3:14 ? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.? God is not the everlasting ?IT IS,? or ?I WAS,? but the
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