A Personal God
-> God has 'human' characteristics and we can have a relationship with God.
-> God responds to prayers.
-> God might be seen as being a 'merciful father' or 'mighty King'
-> How can God be everywhere at the same time, care for all and answer all prayers if he is a person?
An Impersonal God
-> God is more like a force than a person
-> No human characteristics
-> God is an absolute being.
-> How can people have a meaningful relationship with a 'force' or 'impersonal spirit'
An Immanent God
-> God is present in the universe and involbed with life on Earth
-> People can experience God in their lives.
-> God acts in history and influences events
-> If God is 'in the world' does he become part of the world? How can he have created the world?
A transcendant God?
-> God is beyond and outside life on Earth and the universe.
-> God is not limited by the world, time or space.
-> He existed before the creation and so is separate from it.
-> A God who is eternal, almighty, all-seeing and all-knowing must be beyond the world.
-> God is therefore impersonal - does not act within the world.
-> If God is remote and seperate, how can people relate to God?