Question 10 to 13 - The Attributes of the Divinity
Spirits's replies to Allan Kardec
10. Can human beings fathom God’s innermost nature?
"No, they lack the aptitude to comprehend it."
11. Will they ever be able to fathom the mystery of the Divinity?
"When their spirits are no longer eclipsed by matter, and when they have finally purified themselves enough to be able to approach God, then they will see and comprehend God."
12. Even though we cannot fathom God’s innermost nature, can we get an idea of some of the divine perfections?
"Yes, some of them. Human beings comprehend them better only as they progressively overcome matter, but they can at least get glimpses of them through thought."
13. When we state that God is eternal, infinite, immutable, immaterial, one, all-powerful, and supremely just and good, don’t we have a complete idea of God’s attributes?
"From your own point of view, yes, because you believe that in so stating them you therefore have named all of them. Nevertheless, you should understand that there are things that transcend the intelligence of the most intelligent person, things your language cannot define, because it is limited to your ideas and sensations. Your reason tells you that God must be perfect in those attributes to the nth degree, for if God lacked any of them or was not perfect in them to the nth degree, God would not be superior to everything else, and thus would not be God. In order to be superior to everything else, God must not be subject to any change and must not be imperfect in any way imaginable."
KARDEC, Allan. The Spirits’ Book. 3.ed. International Spiritist Council, 2011.