Questions tagged [nature-of-god]

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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If “God is spirit” then how can the incarnation be possible? How does Nicene theology interpret John 4:24?

Even Jesus, in John 4:24 taught: God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. yet most Christians, those who accept the Nicene Creed, teach that God became a man as he ...
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According to Protestants is God (The Father or The Spirit) capable of human emotions?

Can God for example sigh? Can He grieve? Can He burn with anger? All of these examples in some form have Bible backing. Or are these merely metonymic figures of speech, metaphors?
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Which verses in the Bible say that God is omniscient? [duplicate]

Which verses in the Bible say that God is omniscient? Sorry for a verse-inquiring question. I know that such questions are not welcome on this site, but I am kind of urgent. Wikipedia page on ...
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Is it true that in Bible certain brothers are favored more than others?

God favored certain brothers more than others. I want an assurance from this forum. For example God blessed Jacob's son Joseph. Samuel and not his teacher's son. We all know Cain and Abel story. David ...
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According to Trinitarians, is Jesus the begotten Son of God the Father, or the begotten Son of God?

A typical translation of a line from the Nicene Creed from the First Council of Constantinople (381) is "And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father" ...
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What reason is there to believe that 1st C Jews thought that being the Son of God = God?

One poster ask me the above question. Does anyone have a scriptural answer? I have one and will post it soon.
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What can be the Christian defence of the argument from J.L. Schellenberg’s “Divine Hiddenness”? [closed]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_from_nonbelief https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/divine-hiddenness/ "This argument says that if God existed (and was perfectly good and loving) every ...
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According to Non-Trinitarians, why did God allow Trinitarianism to become the mainstream understanding of His nature? [closed]

If God's nature is not adequately portrayed by Trinitarian theology, then why did God allow such an erroneous understanding of His nature to become so widespread among the members of the Church, the ...
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Can God be defined as the idea of seeing everything through the method of thinking you have right then? [closed]

I have no idea what tag to add. I never believed in God. I went to Church for the fun of it but was also confused. However, I did my own abstract thinking and believe that the ideas I'm conceiving of ...
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Are Origen's and Calvin's views on God compatible?

The Father, or first person, is ... the only one who is autotheos, God in the fullest sense, whereas the Son is his dunamis or power and the Spirit a dependent being (SEP > Origen) The Scriptures ...
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How do Trinitarians respond to the objection that God cannot be a man based on Hosea 11:9?

Hosea 11:9 (ESV): I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath. Recently someone ...
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What is the difference between God and the Spirit of God?

There are passages that appear to establish an identity between God and his Spirit: 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” [John 4:24, ESV] 17 Now the Lord is ...
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What is the biblical basis against the personhood of the Holy Spirit?

Someone already asked a question seeking the biblical basis for the personhood of the Holy Spirit, but it seems that no one has asked a question yet seeking the opposite. Thus, in order to fill this ...
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God's patience towards the demons in 1 Peter 3

I understand that there are three popular interpretations of 1 Peter 3:18-20. Jesus preached salvation, a second proclamation of grace to those who are in Hell. Similarly, Jesus preached to those in ...
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Why does God punish us for sin

I know this question has been asked many times but I am still struggling with it. A post I read earlier today someone answered with if you tell your child don't touch that it's hot, when they get ...
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Trinity and incarnation

If the Son does whatever the Father does (John 5:19), does that mean the Father also incarnated for the Son to incarnate?
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What is the biblical basis for Open Theism?

Open theism, in a nutshell, asserts that the future free choices of agents endowed with free will are unknowable, and therefore that God, though omniscient, is not capable of knowing in advance what ...
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Given God is genderless, why Jesus (God the Son) assumed a male form?

To best of my knowledge, God has no definite gender, i.e., he's neither male nor female. Still, Jesus, God the Son, assumed a male form during his ministry. Why is that? Clearly, God the Son could ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians interpret 1 Corinthians 2:10-14 with regard to God and the Spirit of God?

1 Corinthians 2:10-14 (ESV): 10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person's thoughts except the ...
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What is the Biblical basis for rejecting Feminist Christian Theology which says we should use female pronouns for God?

Today I was tasked with answering the above question, but having spent a lot of time searching for information, I’m not even sure I fully understand what it is. Here is a brief overview: Feminist ...
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Is Jesus, God the Father's representation? Is He His Avatar? [closed]

Can our souls be thought of as lesser avatars? Did Jesus choose our avatars to be connected to His for the cross? That would mean Jesus is the top Avatar. Ephesians 1:4 (King James Version) 4 ...
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How do Biblical Unitarians understand verses that appear to identify God (the Father) and the Holy Spirit as different beings/entities?

Here are a few notable passages (the list is probably not exhaustive - edits are welcome): 13 So if you, despite being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your ...
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What is an example of a deductive argument that Biblical Unitarians would present to prove that Jesus is not God?

I'm interested in learning about how Biblical Unitarians arrive at the conclusion that Jesus is not God from a deductive reasoning standpoint (for examples of deductive arguments, see this question). ...
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According to Biblical Unitarians, is it theoretically possible for God to incarnate as a human and live a holy and humble life?

For Biblical Unitarians, and from a theoretical standpoint, can God make use of His omnipotence and free will to take on human form and teach us by way of example what it is to live a holy and humble ...
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What are the teachings of Catholic Church on the existence or otherwise of Lesser Gods in the context of Ex 20:5?

We see the Lord telling the Israelite at Ex 20:5: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the ...
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For Biblical Unitarians, are there divine attributes that the Father has but the Son doesn't?

I've seen multiple times (biblical) unitarians claim that being divine does not imply being God, and that we can view Jesus as divine (i.e. as having divine attributes) without being "God" ...
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What is a formal ontological definition of the nature of God according to the doctrine of the Trinity?

What is a formal ontological definition of the nature of God according to the doctrine of the Trinity? Are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit ontologically independent entities, each one being ...
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How does the essence–energies distinction differ from the ontological/economic views of God?

Eastern Orthodoxy teaches the essence–energies distinction of God. Wikipedia quotes catholic-church.org's explanation: The Ultimate Reality and Meaning of the Palamite theology consists of the ...
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Must a Christian disagree with Bernard Williams and say the concept of truth does have a history?

The Analytic philosopher Bernard Williams believed that the concept of truth has no history: It is the same everywhere, for every culture and language, has been, and will be. He writes as follows in ...
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Is there a sect of Christians that believe in the divinity of Mary, Mother of Jesus? [closed]

Is there a sect (dissenting or schismatic) of Christians that believe in the divinity of Mary, Mother of Jesus?
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In Hebrews 1:10 Jesus is being addressed as the Creator which is God himself in Genesis

Hebrews 1 is a chapter that is addressed to the Son, which is Jesus himself. But one interesting verse addresses Jesus as the Creator, this is verse 10: And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of ...
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Hebrews 1:8 God addressing Jesus as God [closed]

In Hebrews 1:5-13, it was a first person point of view that God is speaking. In verse 8, you will see this time that God is addressing the Son - which is Jesus himself. But of the Son he says, “Your ...
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What if Jesus choose not to be crucified? [closed]

Matthew 26:53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? John 10:18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own ...
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According to Catholic Teaching: Why is God allowing COVID-19, when there seems to be no physical or moral good resulting from it?

According to Catholic Teaching: Why is God allowing COVID-19, knowing that many deaths are involved and many, many more are constantly getting sick. No moral or physical good seems to be resulting ...
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Is there a Christian denomination that only considers the Son and the Father to be persons of God? [duplicate]

Is there a Christian denomination that holds only the Son and the Father as persons of God? (Only two persons) -- as opposed to Trinitarianism and Unitarianism. Has it been upheld by anyone in ...
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How does Oneness Pentecostalism interpret Matthew 24:36?

Matthew 24:36 (NIV) 36“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. If the Father and the Son are expressions of the same God, how come ...
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How does C.S Lewis come to the conclusion that Jesus is God? [closed]

NO REASON TO CLOSE THIS QUESTION The reason why this question is not opinion based, is because I am asking how C.S Lewis himself arrived to the conclusion of his dilemma. Because as it reads from this ...
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Are there any Christian denominations that assure equality with God?

Christianity, in general, is a monotheistic religion and confirms the existence of a single god. But in the Trinity God exists in three forms. And the three forms are equal except for relational ...
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If God is all-knowing, and is all powerful, what are some theories as to why He didn't send Jesus on Day One? [closed]

If he was all knowing, then he could have sent Jesus on Day 1, right? Let him live among the sinners and set things up for him to die and such without having sinned and boom, save everyone like he ...
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How do the Father and Son differ if they have the same particular essence?

My question assumes ousia in Christian orthodoxy means a particular (not universal) essence or form, and not a concrete instantiation (hypostasis). If the Father and Son have the same ousia, where are ...
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Did Adam and Eve make it to Heaven? [duplicate]

Adam and Eve committed sin and were banned from the Garden of Eden and were cursed with the serpent according to the scriptures in Genesis 3:19-24 (KJV) [19] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat ...
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Is the basic point of Book of Job that God is too intelligent for a human to understand, and whatever he decides actually has a good overall purpose? [closed]

I've tried to read "Book of Jobs". I simply don't have the peace of mind and "practical time" to do it, just like with many other things. However, I've watched and read multiple ...
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Genesis 3:22 inconsistent with singularity of god [duplicate]

Genesis 3:22 says: Then the LORD God said, "See, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and ...
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Will I get answers to all my questions when I die? [closed]

Sorry if this is way too open but I have so many questions about this world, religion, gods and what on earth is going on. I can't imagine anyone really would be able to answer these type of questions ...
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According to Catholic Tradition, did God the Father ever teach or punish God the Son?

Catholics are taught to believe in the Trinity - God in Three Persons - The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. If Catholics are taught to worship God "The Father" and God "The Son", ...
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From a trinitarian perspective, how do you biblically reconcile Jesus dying and Jesus being God?

I've heard non-trinitarians say, "The Bible says God can't die, therefore Jesus isn't God. First of all, does the Bible even say that God can't die (I assume it does, or at least it implies it). ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses is Jehovah God omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent?

In talking to Jehovah's Witnesses I found it difficult to discover what they believed on these three attributes: Omnipotent - God cannot be thwarted by the Devil, sin, sinners, or the world but is all-...
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Why were ousia and hypostasis synonymous in the Nicene Creed?

Why were ousia and hypostasis synonymous in the Nicene Creed? In the original 325 A.D. Nicene Creed, an anathema is included which has ousia and hypostasis as synonymous. In this case, the Trinity is ...
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Did God change from a wrathful God to a loving God between Old Testament and New Testament?

This question is mainly to the evangelical Christians and Bible believing Christians, who believe that God doesn't change and His nature is Love. The Old Testament is filled with accounts that ...
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How does one explain God being outside the universe yet on the throne in heaven without violating divine simplicity?

God created the universe. Therefore He transcends the universe. He is outside the universe. Yet, He has a throne room in heaven: Revelation 4:2 - Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne ...

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