Hey, look, someone who doesn't read Greek and doesn't understand the words he is talking about! All these words are in your Bible.1stjohn0666 wrote:Why not grab a Lexicon and look up "bible words", you will find Pneuma (Spirit) but you will not find "essence" or as the Geek ousia. Still my question is unanswered "Where in the bible is God an essence or ousia?"
First, there is no Greek word for essence. The English word itself comes from the Latin word essentia, and that wasn't even a real Latin word. It was made up by Aristotle's Latin translators to translate his phrase το τι ην ειναι (to ti en einai), which in literal English would be "the what it was to be." There's nothing unbiblical about those words or even about the concept. If you ever asked "What is an angel," for instance, you are using the exact same concept. Aristotle would have replied something like το τι ην ειναι πνευμα ("the essence of [angels] is spirit).
Second, the Greek ουσια (ousia) certainly is found in Scripture. In Luke 15:13 it is rendered "goods" or "substance." If you go the LSJ online lexicon (scholarly standard) and type in "ousia" into the search bar, you will find all the meanings of the word in the NT time period--the first meaning mentioned being "that which is one's own, one's substance, property."
Third, other related words that you failed to mention are in the NT, such as morphe and hypostasis and many others.
Finally, you don't even understand the doctrine you are critiquing. God is not understood to be an essence or substance (ουσια). To quote from the Catholic Encyclopedia on the matter:
- St. Thomas further teaches that the name substance cannot properly be applied to God, not only because He is not the subject of any accidents, but also because in Him essence and existence are identical, and consequently He is not included in any genus whatever. For the same reason, it is impossible that God should be the formal being of all things (esse formale omnium), or, in other words, that one and the same existence should be common to Him and them (op. cit., I, 25, 26).
So the Bible properly avoids calling God a substance. It attributes to God the very nature of existence itself. On all counts, then, you are simply mistaken.