Sunday, June 2, 2013

Ellis Potter on God as personal


"God alone is God, and God is not alone.  You cannot make this statement about any other God or original perfection.  You can say Buddha alone is Buddha, but that is all.  The rest is silence.  you can say Krishna alone is Krishna and Allah alone is Allah, but the rest again is silence.  

If the God of the bible (Christianity) wants to talk to somebody, He talks among Himself, because He is three persons.  A God who wasn't diversified could not talk among Himself.  He would have to create something else to talk with.  He would require a creation in order to be personal, whereas the God of the bible (Christianity) is intrinsically personal, independent of His creation.  His creation does not complete Him but rather expresses Him."

- Ellis Potter, from "Three Theories of Everything"

1 comment:

Woody Woodward said...

Some pretty heavy thoughts. Never heard of Ellis Potter but goggled and discovered he is a former Buddhist monk who became a Christian under the influence and ministry of the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer. Mr. Potter’s dramatic conversion came about as a direct result of several intense, personal discussions with Dr. Schaeffer during the turbulent seventies. What a resume of God’s wisdom at work, all for His glory.