Norman Geisler has a specific book entitled “Creating God in the Image of Man”. In this book, Geisler criticizes Open Theists for not accepting the negative attributes (Simple, perfect, eternal (in the timeless sense), omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, immutable, impeccable, ineffable, invisible, infinite, unknowable) of God. Geisler argues that God is: Aseity, Simplicity, Necessity, Immutability, Impassability, Eternity, and Unity. If these do not sound like Biblical concepts, it is because they are not. They come straight from the pages of Plato and Plotinus.
The Apostle Paul fought the same Gnostics in his day. In the time of Jesus and Paul, Platonism taught that the physical was evil and inferior to the metaphysical. The goal of Platonism was to escape the physical. When the Gnostics began merging Platonism and Christianity, they had a real problem: Jesus’ divinity. Gnostics began building complicated theories on how Jesus could be divine but have physical aspects. In other words, the Gnostics built a negative theology concerning Jesus. Paul responds:
Col 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
Col 2:9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
Colossians 2 is all about Platonism. Paul critiques, mocks, and counters Platonism throughout this text. In Colossians 2:8 and 9, Paul writes not to let anyone cheat “you through philosophy”. Paul explains his meaning in the next verse: In Jesus dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Paul was countering the Gnostic claim that physical humanity could not be divine. Jesus is our picture of God. God is not a list of negative attributes, but living and breathing.
Geisler and Calvinists like him represent the modern Gnostics. The Calvinists argue time and time again that Jesus “lay aside his divine attributes (such as omniscience)”. The Calvinists begin creating complicated theories on how Jesus could be man yet divine. Paul counters this Gnosticism. Paul says “look at Jesus” and “that is God”. The physical is not separate from the divine. The negative attributes of God are not Godhead. Paul was countering Calvinism when it was still known as Gnosticism.