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“God can be called the truth only when ‘truth’ is understood in the sense of the Greek word aletheia. God’s being, or truth, is the event of his self-disclosure… Just as his oneness consists in the unity of his life as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, so in relation to the reality distinct from him he is free de jure and de facto to be the God of man. He exists neither next to man nor merely above him, but rather with him, by him, and most important of all, for him. He is man’s God not only as Lord but also as father, brother, friend; and this relationship implies neither a diminution nor in any way a denial, but, instead, a confirmation and display of his divine self-essence itself. ‘I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit,…’ (Isaiah 57:15.) This he does in the history of his deeds. A God who confronted man simply as exalted, distant, and strange, that is, a divinity without humanity, could only be the God of a dysangelion, of a ‘bad news’ instead of the ‘good news’. He would be the God of a scornful, judging, deadly No. Even if he were still able to command the attention of man, he would be a God whom man would have to avoid, from whom he would have to flee, whom he would rather not know, since he would not in the least be able to satisfy his demands.”

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~ Karl Barth, Evangelical Theology: An Introduction, pgs. 9, 11.

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