"tidy box" just isn't true. It extends back to Greek philosophy. Some philosopher (forgot who ) came to the conclusion that there has always been something, because if at any point there was not something, that is to say if at any point there was absolutely nothing, not even a lack of something, then there would be no way for there to be something now. It must already and always exist, that is to say be eternal, having no beginning nor end. Hence the name "Yahweh", which means "I Am Who Am".
This is extended to say that this something isn't physical, because that-which-is-physical is bound by time, and possesses a beginning and an end. Hence, since physicality and corporeality exist, Yahweh (henceforth how I shall refer to That Which Is. ) must have created it somehow.
From here we get to the decision that Yahweh is intelligent, because Yahweh made something that Yahweh probably didn't need to continue existence, and we also come to the conclusion that Yahweh is perfect because ... well, er, because Yahweh is eternal and infinite, and therefore not finite, and therefore has no needs. Because Yahweh is perfect, we are not necessary, and hence we must have been created purely for our own sake. To maximize our sakedness, therefore, Yahweh loves us and also gave us free will because otherwise we'd just be machinations rather than being intelligent. However, we are finite and noneternal and therefore cannot exist without Yahweh.
Um... there's more but I can't remember it right away so it must not be as important.
But said more is important, because God communicates with us and it behooves us to learn of this. Abraham came to similar conclusions, and went on to become the founder of all things Jewish. God then directly communicated with us by incarnating as Jesus.
So, uh, in conclusion, the concept of a God isn't a "tidy box". There's loads more interesting stuff about this in, for instance, the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
And as a quick footnote, we don't really have a justification for referring to God as being masculine, because He's not (masculinity is an inherently finite ), but that's how we've always referred to Him and ... well, that's kind of a cop out but anyway.
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