What is God like and how can we describe Him?
Images used to describe God:
- a Shepherd
- a Warrior
- a King
- a Father
Words used to describe God:
- Omnipotent (all powerful)
- Omniscient (all knowing)
- Omnibenevolent (all loving)
- Omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time)
- Transcendent (above all)
- Immanent (within all)
Christian beliefs about God:
- God will judge everyone
- God created the universe for a purpose
- God is neither male nor female, but a Spirit
Christians try to explain what they believe about God in different ways. They believe that God is made of three parts (or persons). This is called the Trinity, meaning there are three ways of God being God:
- God who is Father - the transcendent creator
- God who is Son - Jesus, who is immanent and personal, who came to earth and lived a human life
- God who is Holy Spirit - immanent, but impersonal, the way God inspires and guides Christians every day (it can also be thought of as conscience)
The Nicene Creed
"We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one Being with the Father...