The nature of God includes all aspects and characteristics attributed directly to the person of God, possibly including all the omni- aspects (e.g. omniscience), love, hate, persons (e.g. the Trinity) or other attributes.

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Does God need our praise and glory? [closed]

From what I've heard, God wants us to glorify him and give him praise, and he enjoys when we do this. Does God need us to do this for some reason?
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Why did God change Jacob's name to Israel?

I am now reading the book of Genesis, and I have noticed that God changes certain people's names, such as Abram to Abraham and Jacob to Israel. Why does He change the names? What does that symbolize? ...
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Why can't God just destroy the evil if he is more powerful, or is there some kind of balance? [closed]

I am not a Christian but in transition I like to say, learning but there are a few things I don't understand, Why if God it greater then evil then why can't He just either destroy evil or weaken evil ...
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Does God hate Sinners like he hates Sin?

I've heard it a thousand times, God loves the sinner but hates the sin. Recently I came across a verse in Psalms 5:5 Psalm 5:5 (KJV) The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all ...
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Who is God's God? [closed]

The existence and nature of God is of fundemental importance to Christianity. It might be said that in order to be a Christian, one must have a particular understanding of the qualities and character ...
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Did Satan unwittingly create his eternal punishment by instigating the fall of man?

God is omniscient and therefore nothing that happens takes him by surprise, and so that Adam and Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil must have been something that God expected. And ...
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Was the serpent's temptation necessary for Eve to sin?

It was once said that Satan is God's Satan. I understand Eve's act of sin plays into God's hands and His glorification, but are there not other ways this can be done without Satan's interference? ...
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Why can't God persuade all mankind, in their free-will, to believe in him?

Jesus, before He was risen to heaven, left the task of evangelism to his disciples and Christians. Since men are fallible and are not all-powerful, they are taught to pray and rely on God in their ...
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Why did God not want man to have the knowledge of good and evil?

When God created man, he created him with the fore knowledge that man would eat from the forbidden tree, and even with the knowledge that man would bring sin into the World; God created the tree in ...
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How can God be Sovereign (in the Reformed sense) If a man can ignore His call to repentance?

The Scriptures tell us: The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by ...
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What exactly does it mean that Jesus Christ is the son of God?

What does it mean to a Christian that Christ is the son of God? On the one hand, obviously, the normal biological meaning of son does not apply. On the other hand, "we are all children of God", but ...
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Where did the concept of separate races originate?

I want to preface what I say with a statement saying this is not in any way related to any kind of Prejudice! I only want to ask how we got from the family of Noah to having so many so called races. ...
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Might icecream be a 'sunbeam' of God or a 'signpost' pointing at God? [closed]

It is, perhaps, a bad analogy as I don't enjoy icecream...but many do and, the question is, are enjoyable things (any enjoyable thing (given as evil cannot create, so an existing thing must, at ...
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If Christ is considered the 'Son of God' then how is He a part of a Trinity?

Note: This is in NO way a troll or a poke at any faith that believes in the doctrine of the Trinity but rather is simply a question for clarity. There are several passages within the bible that ...
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If God is going to fix our “nature” why didn't He do it from the beginning? [closed]

I've never been one to read a book without peeking at the end early so I sort of peeked at Revelations and this caught my eye: Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell ...
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Biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity

The word/term "trinity" is never used in the Bible. However, most Christians believe that God exists as three persons in one God-head. This question has two parts: What is the Biblical basis for ...
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Why does an omnipotent God allow evil to flourish on his earth? [duplicate]

The most common answer here will be: evil must be allowed to have free will. This is simply not true. If we are speaking of an omnipotent God that created the entire universe and any extra dimensional ...
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How does Oneness Pentecostalism interpret Matthew 3:17?

Matthew 3:16-17 NIV 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. ...
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If Jesus always was Fully God of Fully God, why do we speak of him dying? [duplicate]

Why do Christians say that Jesus died for our sins, and at the same time believe that Jesus is God? What was happening those three days? According to Roman Catholics, Jesus went into Hell and Limbo ...
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Do young earth creationists believe that God has a body?

Young earth creationists believe that the bible should be read literally. Adam and Eve hear God's footstep. That means God must have foot and his foot step emit sound waves. That means God has a ...
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What is the basis of the view that Jesus was separated from the Father and Holy Spirit upon death?

From my limited understanding of this matter, some people believe that Jesus was in some sense separated from the Father. This has come up in the context of discussions of the indivisibility of the ...
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Why did God make the “Forbidden Fruit” available in Eden? [closed]

If the 'Forbidden Fruit' was 'forbidden', why did God keep it in Eden? If God had the intention of keeping Adam in Eden, why did he keep that stupid fruit there? Why was a test necessary that was ...
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Do miracles violate the laws of physics?

I asked a Christian today whether he believed that Jesus turning water into wine literally happened, or was just a metaphor. He said it literally happened, and also that other miracles literally ...
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What is the basis upon which the concept that God and Allah are the same? [duplicate]

On several occasions I have heard it said that both Islam and Christianity serve the same God. They have said that both serve the God of Abraham, however. In comparing the two, God's nature and ...
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How do Christians reconcile God's omnipotence with his omniscience?

If God is truly omniscient as in "all knowing", then God knows everything including the future. But doesn't this then remove his choice to do something other than the choices he takes in the future ...
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Where in the Bible does it say that God doesn't have forms?

In Genesis, God walks on the garden of Eden. Israelites saw a sapphire throne below God's feet. Ezekiel saw a throne and someone sitting on it. So is John in revelation. In Mamre, Abraham saw 3 guys, ...
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Does God have the capacity to sin? Can God sin?

To clarify, this question is not asking for a "justification" of those times, described in the Bible, when God struck someone dead. Life is His to take. the question is also not asking strictly ...
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What is the Christian definition of “God”?

How does Christianity define "God" and does it apply to all denominations across Christianity?
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Does God have free will?

To clarify the question - when I mention God here I am referring to God the Father and by free will, the best non-contradictory definition according to the Bible I have heard is "the ability to act ...
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Is life hereditary?

When a baby is born, in many cases the baby will be born already breathing, and in some cases even crying. According to Genesis man did not come to life until God breathed the breath of life into ...
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According to the doctrine of the LDS Church what is man's relationship with God

According to the doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints what is man's relationship with God? Specifically what does the LDS church teach about God's view of man and how man ...
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Why does God want mankind in Heaven, after they have already shown that they have the tendency to disobey? [closed]

Since Adam willfully disobeyed God's command not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, man has consistently chosen to do the things that irritate God. Why then does God not just ...
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What does it mean when God 'hardens' a heart?

I love the answer in this question regarding God giving us free will saying : "..and without choice, there can be no true obedience, or true love, only mindless followers with no will of their own." ...
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How did God's morality not change between OT and NT times?

I really have a problem at times explaining to the unbelievers the fact that God wants all people to be saved. The problem is the difference between the morality seen in the OT and the morality seen ...
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Is there any biblical justification for referring to God as Mother?

On one occasion, I heard someone prayer, "To God, our Father and Mother." In The Shack, the Trinity is represented as three persons, where God the Father is a woman. Is there any biblical ...
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“Holy Spirit” vs “Holy Ghost”

Is there any difference between Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost meaning? When should we use Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost? BTW, Wikipedia says: Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost, is a term found in English ...
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Why does God let people suffer? [closed]

When my friend was little, his father repeatedly raped his mother right before his eyes. This traumatized him, and he's had to go several other misfortunes, so he doesn't believe there is a God, ...
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What is the significance of Jesus saying “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”?

All Scriptures are quoted from the King James translation. Four times in the Revelation Jesus uses that phrase(they are all in red letters): Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning ...
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Where does God draw the line when it comes to Sin? [closed]

So I've read 1 John alot and I understand that I cannot continue to sin if I want to be a child of God's. 1 John 1:6 (NIV) 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the ...
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Does 1st Corinthians chapter 15 say that we will have a permanent physical life?

All Scriptures ar quoted from the King James translation. In Chapter 15 of first Corinthians Paul talks about in the resurrection of Jesus, which was a resurrection of Jesus physical body. Other ...
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Is an action morally good because God commands it, or does God command it because it is good?

The christian morality derives from God, and God is benevolent so whatever he commands is morally good. Does that mean that anything God does or commands is morally right? Or does God only act and ...
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Can man judge whether God is fair?

Over and over I hear people pronouncing in one way or another that God is "not fair"*. Sometimes this is stated directly, other times indirectly as in "that doesn't seem fair, therefore God must not ...
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How do Christians understand the omniscience of God in relation to the Uncertainty Principle?

One of the foundations of modern quantum mechanics is the Uncertainty Principle. This principle is not an assumption, but rather is derived from assumptions made with regard to the structure of ...
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Does God love unconditionally?

Like the title, does God love forever, unconditionally? I can't think of a being who is supposed to be more loving than God, so this is kind of a big question for me.
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Are God, Son (Jesus) and The Holy Spirit Same? [duplicate]

I wonder whether God the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit are actually the same? If the answer is "yes", why we can't we have our spiritual communication only with Jesus Christ?
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Use of “the LORD” in Old Testament names

Many traditional Hebrew personal names contain a reference to God in their meaning. For example the name יְהוֹשֻֽׁעַ׃ Joshua means 'Yahwah is salvation'. But what about Yahwah itself [יְהוָ֨ה] ? Is ...
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Did God use man as a vehicle to bring about death? [closed]

Before creation there would have been no death. All of the Angels God created are eternal. When God Created everything then time was also created, but Earth and time are both temporary creations. ...
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Did God plan not to have any carnivores in his creation, and what is that teaching us?

Before the Flood man did not eat meat, and there were no carnivores: Genesis 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, ...
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Why is the Son of God called the Eternal Father in the book of Alma?

I happened across the following verses in the book of Alma: Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father? And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal ...