Catechism of the Catholic Church

58 Part One God alone IS 212 Over the centuries, Israel’s faith was able to manifest and deepen realization of the riches contained in the revelation of the divine name. God is unique; there are no other gods besides him. 24 He transcends the world and history. He made heaven and earth: “They will perish, but you endure; they will all wear out like a garment . . . but you are the same, and your years have no end.” 25 In God “there is no variation or shadow due to change.” 26 God is “He who Is,” from everlasting to everlasting, and as such remains ever faithful to himself and to his promises. 213 The revelation of the ineffable name “I Am who Am” contains then the truth that God alone IS. The Greek Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, and following it the Church’s Tradition, understood the divine name in this sense: God is the fullness of Being and of every perfection, without origin and without end. All creatures receive all that they are and have from him; but he alone is his very being, and he is of himself everything that he is. III. G od , “H e W ho I s ,” I s T ruth and L ove 214 God, “He who is,” revealed himself to Israel as the one “abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” 27 These two terms express summarily the riches of the divine name. In all his works God displays not only his kindness, goodness, grace, and steadfast love, but also his trustworthiness, constancy, faithfulness, and truth. “I give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness.” 28 He is the Truth, for “God is light and in him there is no darkness”; “God is love,” as the apostle John teaches. 29 24 Cf. Isa 44:6. 25 Ps 102:26-27 26 Jas 1:17. 27 Ex 34:6. 28 Ps 138:2; cf. Ps 85:11. 29 1 Jn 1:5; 4:8. 42 469, 2086 41 1062