This page outlines the fundamental concept of “Philotheos”. The word is derived from two ancient Greek words, namely philo meaning ‘love’ and theos meaning ‘God’ – that is one god, not many gods. [polytheism is the correct word for belief in many gods]. The meaning of ‘philotheos’ is then love of God or God love. It denotes an attitude of mind, a psychology; an adherence which is more than intellectual belief; it is a total conviction, from the heart as well as the head.
This also reflects a more comprehensive and ‘holistic’ view of ourselves. It is more than the narrow, rational logic of the intellect on which philosophy relies. It is God centred, not man centred. It asserts that to understand our existence as a whole, we must take account of the entirety of what is at work – the spiritual and also the psychological. We must take account of our relationship to the Creator, first and foremost, as the proper perspective and premise for consideration of all questions concerning our existence.
I use the word ‘Philotheos’ for the foundational concept that all existence is explained by the idea and existence of GOD – that is the all knowing [omniscient], all present [omnipresent], all powerful [omnipotent] self existent, self evident, self declared Being who created this Universe, for his own purpose.
This creating, sustaining and purposeful God is at the centre of all, and explains all. Without accepting this premise, all efforts to understand our existence must necessarily fail – all other efforts start from a warped perspective and premise.
I contend that Philotheos is correct, and that materialistic Philosophy is inherently inadequate.
I use the term ‘Philotheism‘ to refer to the system of thinking which necessarily derives from the fundamental premise that God exists. Philotheos is the fundamental concept providing the premise, and philotheism provides the paradigm and structure for doctrine [see the Philotheism Page on the Menu].
The defining, primary characteristics of the word GOD are outlined in the third paragraph above. And that definition is summed up in the words, “I AM”
If the God Being exists, it must necessarily make itself known and communicate its requirements to us. The original Scriptures of the Jewish faith contain the self declared name of God given in answer to the specific question asked by Moses. God replied: “I AM THAT I AM” which was abbreviated later in the text to simply “I AM”.
The Hebrew Scriptures containing this question and this declaration by God are accepted by the worlds 3 monotheistic religions as valid.
Human reason can also recognise that this must be so. God being God, god self declares. God needs neither to justify nor to explain God’s existence. And the existence of the Purposeful, Sustaining Creator is evident from God’s creation.
This planet on which we live could not possibly have brought itself into being, nor could it possibly maintain its own existence. The sun does not burn out, while the earth orbits the sun at just the right distance to maintain our very fragile life form.
There must, then, be a powerful sustaining Mind; this universe could not – of itself – have caused itself to come into being ! That contradicts everything we know of how things work in this world. It is neither logical nor feasible.
But God also makes himself known by his declarations in the holy writings of the Christians. Their ‘scriptures’ are replete with declarations by God.
However, the sceptic maintains such writings are merely derived from human imagination. Are they not written by mere men ? What makes them special ? What makes them sacred declarations from God ?
The answer ? Their impossibility as a human composition. Of course, the 66 documents in the Christian Bible were indeed written by human beings. But, the 66 different documents were written at various times over centuries by dozens of different people – and yet all accord with one central theme: Jesus Christ. Yes, the 27 documents of the New Testament were all written in the same century. But they stood the test of persistent general usage over 300 years to become thereafter accepted as canonical.
The collection itself, and its continued existence ever since, testifies to divine collation and to divine preservation.
The fact of one central, common theme of Jesus Christ in all 66 documents could only have been authored by God. This is consistent with the concept of God as self revealing.
Jesus Christ claimed to be God come in the flesh as a human being. That was itself a divine declaration – God comes to unite humanity to himself. God comes to show humanity the way to live by coming and living that way by example.
The message is not only spoken – the message is portrayed in the teaching and events of the life of Jesus Christ.
Since biblical times, that message has continued to be delivered by those who have accepted it as true. They witness to its truth, sometimes even to self sacrifice as martyrs in imitation of Jesus Christ at the cross. They do so by means of the enabling presence of the self declaring, self existing and self persisting God at work in their lives.
The “I AM” God self declares and makes the divine presence known continually by the Holy Spirit – the presence of God in the lives of believers as promised by Jesus Christ to enable his followers to know what to do and how to do it once he had ascended.
Jesus Christ consciously called himself “I AM” [John 8, 58]. Jesus Christ deliberately uses the quintessential name of God. He clearly claimed to be God. He clearly claimed the Right to command and he expects obedience from human beings as his creatures. He asserted his position and he expects human beings to reciprocate his love by loving God, by loving each other, and by loving all others.
Made in God’s likeness, human beings first duty is to reflect the love of God – not indulge in philosophical attempts to evade that duty.