Belief In Deity


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Beliefs about the nature of God

People say that you cannot call God by a human or animal as this makes him less of a God. The term for this is called Anthropomorphism. Other words to describe him can be:

Omnipotence- God is all-powerful

Omniscience- God is all-knowing

Omnibenevolence- God is all-loving

Omnipresence- God is present everywhere, all the time

Transcendence- God is above all

Immanance- God is within all

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Beliefs about the nature of God

Some language used to describe God is:

Analogy- When words have a different meaning when refering to God, for example, saying "My dog is good" is different to saying "God is good"

Myth- This is a story that is not factually true but has an imporant spirtual meaning.

Symbol- Uses something to represent something else, explaining the unexplainable

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Beliefs about the nature of God

God has only ever appeares once in the Bible, in Genesis, with Adam and Eve. God is not said to be male or female. And God states in the Bible that:

"You cannot see my face, for no-one will see me and live" (Exodus 33:20B)

We have a hard time processing that God is genderless so we state that he is a male, but there is also some evidential facts that could support our understanding; for example, Jesus always calls God his 'father' and we believe it to be literal.

God also has a femine side which he shows when he says:

"As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you" (Isaiah 66:13A)

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Beliefs about the nature of God

The holy spirit consists of 3 parts:

  • God, the Father- The Transendent Creator
  • God, the Son- Jesus, who lived as a personal human
  • God, the Holy Spirit- Immenant but impersonal

They believe that all the different parts are different parts of the same person, God.

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