Absolute. That which, complete in itself, needs no relation to anything
else. Thus we speak of the Genitive Absolute in Greek, and the Ablative
Absolute in Latin, when a participle and noun in such cases express
their fall meaning without being grammatically connected with any other
member of the sentence. An absolute ruler is a sovereign checked by no
order of men or constitutional element in the country which he governs.
An absolute decree is that which is held by many to have eternally fixed
the characters and destinies of men, irrespectively of anything foreseen
It is plain that the only absolute being is God. All others exist, act,
and manifest themselves in relation to conditions outside themselves.
The Divine existence and perfections are independent of all external
relations. This does not mean that God cannot place Himself in such
relations; but that it is of His own will when He does so. He does act
in relations to the moral beings whom He has created, but both they and
the relations are the fruits of His good pleasure, and His own Being and
attributes are independent of them.