Is God really God if He needs something? Tim responds.
00:13 When Christians talk about God, they mean
00:17 something very specific. They're referring to a being with essential
00:20 attributes, and one of these attributes is divine aceity. Now this means that
00:25 God is self-existent. He is not dependent on anything else. Therefore, there could
00:30 be no lack or need in God. Now, underlying this challenge is an equivocation on the
00:37 word "require." The question treats the word "require" and the word "need" as if
00:42 they mean the same thing. In the context, the word "require" implies a demand, when
00:47 the word "need" implies a dependency. Here's a question to help flesh out the
00:53 distinction. We could ask, if a tenured professor required a passing grade, does
00:58 he lack something? Well, of course, the answer is "no." A teacher demands a passing
01:03 grade but doesn't need or depend on a passing grade. It's the student who needs
01:08 or depends on the passing grade. Well, likewise, God demands an atonement but
01:15 doesn't need or depend on an atonement. It's sinners who need an atonement. So
01:21 when Christians talk about God requiring an atonement, they're talking about a
01:26 demand, not a dependency. Because God is perfectly just, He demands atonement
01:32 for sin. We're all guilty of breaking God's law and rightfully deserve to be
01:37 punished. But because of God's perfect goodness and love, He graciously
01:42 offers an atonement for sin through His Son. He didn't need to save anyone.
01:48 Therefore, it is not as if God needs something, but rather, God is owed
01:53 something. He is owed a payment for sin. So the lack isn't in God. The lack is in
01:59 us. We lack the ability to pay what is owed. But thanks be to God. What God
02:04 requires, Christ provides.