Saturday, December 19, 2009
He is infinite - in regards to time, space and strength.
He is eternal, He is everywhere and He does everything.
He has no physical form and His nature is entirely beyond our comprehension.
[The essence of idolatry is the belief that God has some physical form or nature that can be understood by us.]
What He does:
He creates everything.
He controls everything.
He knows everything.
What He does not do:
He does not make mistakes.
He does not have conflicting emotions.
He does not cause pain unjustly.
In summary: He is the Perfect Giving Being.
Man's task: to emulate in a miniature way this Perfect Giving Being. "Coming closer to God", "cleaving to God" etc. means imitating God in our small way.
In addition to this, I believe that it is correct to say that the universe in comparison to God is like a human thought in comparison to a physical object. God's reality is on a different plane than ours. We are merely imaginary in comparison to Him.
I would also like to point out that obviously God's motives are unfathomable to mere mortals. Asking questions about why God commanded this and not that, created this and not that or why He even created anything at all can not be answered, any more than a flea can attempt to understand the motives of a human.
[This post is based on the 13 Principles of Faith, Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah by Maimonides and Derech Hashem by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lutzatto.]
Posted by jewish philosopher at 6:48 PM