by Gary Catell, the Willard Preacher
If God is one person/one God as the Jews and Muslims believe, then his natural state is to be alone. This being the case, the question arises as to whether or not in his natural state he has the capability of having relationships.
If he is by nature alone, why would the capability of having relationships exist within him? What use would it have? If he doesn’t have the capability, how could he know what relationship is in order to give it to us?
If somehow he did know what it is and gave it to us, how could he enter into relationship with us not having that capability within himself? If he did have the ability to have relationships when he was alone, was it an unfulfilled need or characteristic of his nature? Is God needy, and did he create us to fulfill a need within himself?
The only other possibility is that the ability to have relationships came into being within God once he created us, but how can an eternal nature change? Change implies time, and time isn’t resident in an eternal nature.
Jews and Muslims would say that God is not needy, does not change, and can enter into relationship with us. This doesn’t seem to be possible for a God who is by nature alone. He either cannot have relationships, or he is by nature needy, or somehow a new characteristic is added to an eternal nature, none of which is believed by either Jews or Muslims.