This is short, but it is incredibly important and foundational for the Study of God, often called
The attributes of God cannot be expressed properly if they are completely severed
from all other attributes of God.
Take for example the Euthyphro Dilemma, which is a (hypothetical) dilemma that exists in
the world of philosophy and some circles of theology, which is best described with the
following question: Does God call something good because it is good, or is it good because
God calls it good?
This question attempts to set two of God\’s attributes against each other by completely separating
them, and making the claim that morality either exists apart from God, which makes God
unnecessary, or morality is arbitrarily chosen by God.
The problem here is that the power of God is set against the goodness of God, meaning that
if the Euthyphro Dilemma is flawless and that it frames an absolute conflict in
philosophical theology, then it would follow that God cannot be all powerful and all good.
Let me draw your attention to where we began, \”The attributes of God cannot be expressed
properly if they are completely severed from all other attributes of God.\”- JT Martin
(a paraphrase of so many thinkers that it would be impossible to cite them all).
So, philosophically, the Euthyphro Dilemma presupposes a limitation of God that the attributes
of God can be completely separated and made to be in conflict with one another.
But where is the evidence or argument for this presupposed limitation? Without one being given,
the basic presupposition of the Euthyphro Dilemma causes the dilemma itself to be unsound.
In order for any argument to be sound, each of the premises must either be known to be true or
proven to be true in a previous segment of the argument. In the case of the Euthyphro Dilemma
this has not been done.
Moving away from the example, a final note of consideration.
When we study God, we must take care that we do not isolate his actions or attributes from one
another. This is one of the most dangerous forms of cherry picking because it leads to idolatry
which is the foundation for all sin.