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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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Is it absolutely required for people to believe in the deity of Jesus to be called Christians?

The more I study scripture the more I realise that all those proof texts for the deity of Christ can also be interpreted in another way that points more in the direction that Jesus is an Elohim but ...
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How are God, angels, men and devils related, according to the Scriptures?

I see a lot of pseudo-Scriptural mysticism on the subject of the identities of angels and devils, men and God. I say mysticism not to dismiss attempted explanations categorically, but because the ...
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Why God does what he does? [closed]

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light -Genesis 1:3 KJV The almighty God gets what he desires and what he wants is good indeed. I believe there's a ultimate goal for humanity (as a ...
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Which Person of the Trinity is the Ancient of Days sitting on His throne?

Accordring to Trinitarians who is this person with a form, sitting on His throne? Daniel 7:9-27 New King James Version Vision of the Ancient of Days 9 “I watched till thrones were put in place, And ...
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What is the response of Trinitarians to these ten assertions? [closed]

It makes someone other than God also have the title of "God". (Exodus 20:3) There cannot be a capital-G God beneath the capital-G God—only a lowercase god. The capital-G God is the highest ...
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Do Seventh Day Adventists believe in three Centers of Consciousness in God?

I want to ask my Seventh-Day Adventist friends about their view of the Trinity. I was listening this morning to one of your preachers. He said that EGW never refers to the Trinity but is adamant there ...
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How do Christians reconcile the differing attributions of light source in Rev 22:5 (God) and Rev 21:23 (Lamb/Jesus Christ)?

Revelation 22:5 New International Version There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ...
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If God is immutable, how is creation not a change in God? [duplicate]

In what way is creation understood not as a change on the part of God when God is understood to be immutable? By immutable I mean the classical definition where God has never changed and never will ...
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Are the ten commandments a reflection of the character of God?

Which denominations would teach, either directly or indirectly, that the ten commandments are a reflection of God's character? And how would such a claim be asserted?
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What is the current, official LDS doctrine regarding the state or condition of God's knowledge, whether it be perfect and complete or ever growing?

This well referenced article chronicles the history of a 12 year long contention which arose in the early days of the LDS Church between Apostle Orson Pratt and (then) first president Brigham Young. ...
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Do Latter-day Saints believe in an infinite regression of Gods?

The claim can be found in the article Mormonism’s Infinite Regression of Gods: Tenth President Joseph Fielding Smith seems to have understood that Joseph Smith was teaching what is known as an “...
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Who or what does LDS worship that qualifies them as monotheist?

Polytheism is the belief in, and often worship of, multiple deities or spirits, which are usually assembled into a pantheon of gods and goddesses, along with their own religious sects and rituals. ...
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What does the word "exist" mean as applied to God's existence and the creation? [closed]

Nearly all doctrines of creation refer to the word "exist" or "existence" as if all readers knew its meaning. However, if the significance of creation (and the very nature of God) ...
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What does "uncreated God" mean?

I often hear references to the "uncreated God", citing passages such as Psalm 90:2 "from everlasting to everlasting you are God". What is the specific meaning of the word "...
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If there was a beginning to God's creations, did God therefore change?

For background, this is related to other questions about whether God may have changed in the past. It is often touted that God preceded all creation, and some even say that He is able to violate ...
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Does "perfect" imply never having changed? Does the Bible say so?

"God is perfect" is often used as a justification for the belief that God never became God, but that rather, He never changed, but simply always was God, and always was perfect. What is the ...
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What is causality, according to the Scriptures?

I often hear that God caused time to exist, or created time. But causality is relatable to us as a temporal concept, at least in the sense that it requires strict ordering; nothing caused can ...
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What is the Biblical evidence that God exists outside of time?

It is common to hear phrases such as "God exists outside of time" used to explain away anachronism or avoid addressing it altogether--for example, the idea that God has in the past ...
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God does not change, but has He changed?

Is there any verse of Scripture anywhere that says that God has not changed? Malachi 3:6 says "For I am the LORD, I change not". This is present tense, and also there are verses which denote ...
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Could God (if he wants) create a mountain that tall?

I assume, in theory, God could be able to create a mountain (if he wants to). I don't want to assume he wants to do it, it's just a speculation. If this mountain is tall enough, no people will be ever ...
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How does the concept of "Echad" in Deut 6:4 relate to Divine Simplicity?

Lately I've read some discussions that says the word "echad" ("one" in English) in the Shema refers to a unity more than an absolute singularity. (Here's one example of those ...
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How is god all good if he created evil? [duplicate]

Okay so I've heard the argument that humans are the one who let evil in the world but at one point there was only God before he stated his creation process, so there was all good. God created the laws ...
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How does the soul fit in with the existence

My question(s) relates to how the soul fits in with the existence "equation" and I have 2 main questions: Is the human soul part of your person or your essence, if essence then do humans ...
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Significance of one divine essence/nature

All human beings share a common nature/essence, yet are not one "being", but the 3 persons of the Trinity share a common essence/nature and are one being. I have 3 questions here: What ...
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In what respect did Gregory Nazianzen think the pure Nicene faith was adulterated at Constantinople in 381?

In contrast to the previous pro-Homoian emperor Valens, “it was soon clear that Theodosius would pursue a pro-Nicene line.” (LA, 251) In February 380 - only one year after he was declared Augustus and ...
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What does it mean for God to appear physically (theophanies) if he's already omnipresent?

In the Old Testament, God reveals himself numerous times to the prophets in physical forms (Genesis 18:1-2, Exodus 24:9, Numbers 12:8, Isaiah 6:1). But according to scripture, God is omnipresent, ...
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The "Why" of Creation -- Does the bible explain God's reasoning?

This question is more theoretical than anything, but I wanted to ask the following: If God is a perfect being, one can safely infer that he has no needs, because of the nature of his existence is ...
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Logical problem in Christology (from a Mormon)

I (a Christian) have been in several groups and see this argument poised here and there. I believe they get it from the Mormon apologist Blake Olster, but I could be mistaken. However, the problem ...
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How can I love someone that I do not truly know or understand?

Can you love someone when a big portion of his personality is a mystery or beyond your comprehension? A picture of God is in my mind, portrayed by the books I've read but it's not the whole picture. I ...
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How does God tolerating evil not make Him evil?

To clarify, I'm not asking why God allows evil. I believe there are sufficient arguments for that. What I would like to know is: how can a righteous God tolerate evil without it affecting His nature ...
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What is the "original" word of God?

Everything I know about Christianity and Jesus is based on the "original" word of God. But I am having trouble understanding what is meant by "original". For example, Paul's source ...
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A question about the difference between men and women

Because the Bible teaches that God made men directly in His image but women indirectly (1 Timothy 2:13) and that God transcends all moral judgment (Romans 9:20), what does this imply about the ability ...
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How can God (Jesus) have a secret identity? (Protestant view, including Messianic Jewish, if possible)

I love this passage, but especially the part that I have emphasized: The Heavenly Warrior Defeats the Beast 11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called ...
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Would you be able to give up everything you own and follow Jesus? [closed]

Would you be able to give up everything you own and follow Jesus? Our will is not enough for salvation, instead the Grace of God and the Sacrifice of Jesus and our belief in him. But, however, our ...
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How do members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints reconcile an unchangeable God with the concept of eternal progression?

Book of Mormon 9:9-10 states, 9 For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variableness neither shadow of changing? 10 And now, if ye have imagined ...
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What passages of scripture give the strongest support for Jesus being a separate person than YHWH?

Jesus' most important commandment is the following: Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, YHWH our Elohim, YHWH is 1. And you shall love YHWH your Elohim with ...
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Can God and Unclean Spirits dwell in the same human being at the same time?

We see Jesus describing in Matthew 12:43-45, how an unclean spirit returns to dwell in a person whom it had quit before wandering in the dry land. Jesus adds that the state of the man concerned, ...
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What pronouns make most sense when referencing the Trinity?

The Trinity is 3 persons sharing 1 essence. They share It. (Where does the "He", "Him", "Me", "My" come from?) Jesus uses plural personified pronouns when ...
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In what way(s) is God the Father a father to God the Son? And in what way(s) is God the Son a son?

Every concept and Truth is from the creative mind of God. This includes what defines a father and a son. By observation, we can know how God defines a father within His design. Some examples of ...
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In what sense was mankind created in the image of a triune essence?

God created mankind in His image. Gen 1 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over ...
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Where were Satan and his angels when God devastated the Earth during Noah's Flood?

There is no doubt that angels (both the Holy and the Fallen) had a strong influence in the antediluvian world. Satan was the serpent of Eden. But, during Noah's Flood, where was he, what was he and ...
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If bad things can happen to good people, does this invalidate any of God's attributes or powers? Do we even dare to think of God this way?

From what I understand, the author, a conservative Rabbi, challenges the traditional Biblical view of God’s ‘OMNI’ attributes in his publication. If this is the case, is a God who is less than all-...
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Trinitarian Ontology... What is it? Being vs person vs essence vs _______

I will try to ask this unique question again. How can we answer here without defining simple words used to define God? Premise From Wikipedia: Ontology addresses questions of how entities are ...
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Can Christians, in good faith, hold that God is not perfect [i.e. not complete]?

If we define perfection as "complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement" then the answer may that God is not yet perfect because humans have not always responded as God intended. ...
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How can one counter-argue this argument against the existence of God?

Argument: If God is the Creator, He cannot be perfect. For either God created the world desiring it or not desiring it. If he did not wish it, it implies that he does not have total control over his ...
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Why does God, according to his own words, "create evil"?

I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. (Isaiah 45:7) [emphasis mine] This is consistent with God being called "all-mighty" and ...
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How do non-Trinitarian Christians understand the description of Deity in Isaiah 46:9?

How do non-Trinitarian Christians understand the description of Deity in Isaiah 46:9? Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me (...
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How do Trinitarian Christians understand the description of Deity in Isaiah 46:9?

How do Trinitarian Christians understand the description of Deity in Isaiah 46:9? Who is speaking in this verse? Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and ...
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Could the invisible incomprehensible nature of God be the reason why Satan started a war in heaven? [closed]

Paul wrote a letter to Timothy and revealed an attribute of God previously unknown to man. Paul describes God Almighty as dwelling in a light that cannot be approached and that no one has ever seen ...
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No one has ever seen God or can see God, what were the colors John used to describe Him in Revelation 4:1-5?

The throne room of God is described in Revelation Chapter 4:1-5 in detail. After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a ...
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