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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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Does the Christian God know His own future and is He unable to change that future?

If the Christian God is omniscient, He knows everything, and if He is omnipotent, He is all powerful. But these two statements seem to be contradictory. So if a Christian believes that his/her God ...
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Correlations between "Names of God", "God's attributes", and the 3 common ways of knowing God ("univocal, analogical, equivocal")

When reading philosophical theology literature, I often come across 3 sets of terminologies to how a human being comes to (metaphysically) know God or to understand (conceptually) who God is: ...
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How would an Open-Theist explain that God's exhaustive foreknowledge would lead to predeterminism?

So in the comments of this answer: How do non-Open-Theists reason a basis for "Free will"? The question: "Why must it be that a choice that is known by God in advance is not your own? [...
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What is the theological difference between anthropomorphism and theanthropism?

I understand from this article that anthropomorphism is the process of assigning human characteristics to God: Anthropic means “relating to human beings or their existence.” The word ...
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How do we reconcile God giving His glory to no other (Isa 42:8) with Jesus giving His/the Father's glory to believers (John 17:22)?

For reference, here are the verses in question: Isaiah 42:8 I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. John 17:22 The glory that you have given me I ...
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Is God an artist? [closed]

If Man creates art in paintings and sculptures, etc, which are depictions of the natural world such as landscapes flora and fauna, life itself and man accepts and qualifies this to be art. Is the ...
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Why did God punish himself for the sins of man?

As far as I know, the Christian Faith is that Jesus was the son of God and God's incarnation of Himself on earth. Jesus died and suffered on the cross to account for the sins of Man, who are God's ...
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Psalm 88: does it apply to the New Testament's Christian God? [closed]

I was reading Psalm 88: 1 Lord, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you. 2 May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. 3 I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life ...
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Apparent contradiction between Isaiah 44 and Psalm 82

From this question, and the comments, I am under the impression that Isaiah 44:6-8 6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and ...
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Can you prove that God is just for punishing Jesus without taking into account Jesus also being God?

If Jesus was merely a man, then God would seem unjust for punishing the innocent Jesus in place of the guilty due to violating the following: Man is to be put to death for his own sin and not for the ...
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How do Christians who reject Young Earth Creationism respond to the "God is not a liar" argument?

Young Earth Creationists often argue that denying a young age for the Earth amounts to adopting the naturalist/materialist perspective prevalent in secular science. They suggest that this denial ...
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How is God's encounter with Jacob in Genesis 32 addressed within the framework of monergism vs. synergism?

Genesis 32:27-28 27 So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” 28 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and ...
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According to Trinitarians, how can God suffer if He is outside of time? [closed]

Mainstream Christians believe that God truly suffered during Jesus’s life on earth. But if God perceives reality in one eternal moment, doesn’t that mean that His whole existence is suffering? Doesn’...
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Is it absolutely required for people to believe in the deity of Jesus to be called Christians? [closed]

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 the person of 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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