Infinite, But Personal

Let us return again to the ‘personal-infinite.’  On the side of God’s infinity, there is a complete chasm between God on one side and man, the animal, the flower, and the machine on the other.  On the side of God’s infinity, He stands alone.  He is the other.  He is, in His infinity, contrary to all else.  He is differentiated from all else because only He is infinite.  He is the Creator; all else was created.  He is infinite; all else is finite.  All else is brought forth by creation; so all else is dependent and only He is independent.  This is absolute on the side of His infinity.  Therefore, concerning God’s infinity, man is as separated from God as is the atom or any other machine-portion of the universe.   

But on the side of God being personal, the chasm is between man and the animal, the plant, and the machine.  Why?  Because man was made in the image of God.  This is not just ‘doctrine.’ It is not dogma that needs just to be repeated as a proper doctrinal statement.  This is really down in the base and core of the whole problem.  Man is made in the image of God; therefore, on the side of the fact that God is a personal God the chasm stands not between God and man, but between man and all else.  But on the side of God’s infinity, man is as separated from God as the atom or any other finite of the universe.  So we have the answer to man’s being finite and yet personal.   

It is not that this is the best answer to existence; it is the only answer.  That is why we may hold our ‘faith in God’ with intellectual integrity. The only answer for what exists is that He, the infinite -personal God, really is there.   

Thoughts developed and/or taken from the works of Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, Trilogy – He Is There and He Is Not Silent 

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