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I've been debating with a scientist/Christian friend recently. He says that, while God is evidently more than just a 'man', we should still think of Him in terms of being a man/king/ruler because these are the metaphors given to us in the Bible. He rejects the notion that joy is a part of God's being, does not agree with the idea of God being 'infinite' (as this, in his mind, would mean He was everything, including the Devil!) and thinks the idea of a beatific vision can't be so as it isn't backed up by the scriptures. He is a legit Christian and practices his faith earnestly. So do those who follow the ideas that he decried. Question is, where do these traditions he didn't like belong? (For the record, I agree with them).

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At the risk of creating a debate, I shall point our some places where I believe your scientists/Christian friend has a misunderstanding.

Concerning the metaphors: The Bible does indeed use the metaphors of king and ruler, because they convey important things about aspects of God. They shouldn't be taken to imply that he is of the same nature as Man because of that, any more than we should infer that God actually holds a real sword. There are plenty of places where the Bible also describes God as infinite.

To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless. (Psalm 119:96)

Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. (Psalm 147:5)

Philosophically and mathematically your friend has also made a mistake. Because something is infinite does not mean it is all-encompassing. For example, the set of whole numbers is infinite - i.e. has no limit. However there are numbers that are not whole numbers. The whole numbers are infinite but not all-encompassing.

Whether or not joy is an attribute of God, it is certainly an attribute of those around him.

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke 15:7)

So to actually answer your question, no Christian traditions that I am aware of espouse these views

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Agreed. On the infinite point as well, God is omnipresent, which would lean toward all compassing if we, in futility, try to make sense of it wholly. On the other hand, Love and joy are choices, and as we each have choice to believe in Him or not to believe, I imagine that extends to characters like Satan as well -- but it doesn't mean we and anything else in creation are not under His authority at all times and under His watchful eye. –  Dan H Jan 21 at 23:20
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