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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Does God condone rape in Deuteronomy 22:28-29?

In Deuteronomy 22:28-29 it speaks of a woman who is forced into sex and it says that the women must then marry her husband, in this verse does God condone the act of rape? Deuteronomy 22:28-29 says: ...
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According to Catholicism, how can the Holy Spirit proceed from the Father and the Son if it is God?

Given the Filioque (the idea that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son), how can the Holy Spirit be considered God? Given that God is necessary, it seems to me that the Filioque ...
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Is Jesus the only son of God?

I am a new Christian and I am reading the Bible. I have the following question: About the "son of God" that has been mentioned in chapter 8 verse 14 of Romans, how can a person be "led&...
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According to Protestant theology, does God’s omnipresence entail us humans walking into God all the time?

We read: Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, Lord, You know it all. You have encircled me behind and in front, And placed Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It ...
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Did Jesus Christ appear in the Old Testament in bodily form? [closed]

Bottom line up front: Is it possible Jesus had His glorified body in the Old Testament? I understand that in places such as John 1 "the word became flesh" and that it is clear about when ...
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Do Biblical Unitarians have a theology and definition of divine simplicity?

The doctrine of divine simplicity says that God is simple (without parts). The general idea can be stated in this way: The being of God is identical to the "attributes" of God. ...
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Can Jesus' death be considered as a suicide?

As God is Omnipotent and Omnipresent, he already knew that is going to die and since he is all powerful he could have escaped the death. As he willingly did it, can it be considered as a suicide? As ...
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Under divine simplicity, how can God do anything?

The consequence of divine simplicity is that God is being subsisting and can only be immutable. If so how does God do anything? Or how did he create?
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What is the basis for calling God's love "reckless"?

The song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury has a lyric that says: Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending reckless love of God What is the basis for saying that God's love is reckless? That seems ...
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Could Jesus have refused to go to the cross?

Jesus prays to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, distressing over the impending cup of wrath to come. The weight of bearing the sins of people and alienation from the Father put him such ...
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Does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe that God(s) is/are omnipresent?

Omnipresence is generally defined within Western Christianity as: the property of being present anywhere and everywhere. The term omnipresence is most often used in a religious context as an ...
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Does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints postulate a multi-verse?

Latter Day Saints will, on the one hand, assent to a multiplicity of Gods with humans being capable of being exalted to the same level of God as God the Father in the Bible. God the Father may have ...
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Is the Hypostatic Union a contradiction?

The law of noncontradictions states that two contradictory positions cannot be true at the same time in the same sense (e. g. the two propositions "p is the case" and "p is not the case&...
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When Jesus was living on the Earth, was He capable of communicating in all languages?

I am curious to know if Jesus was capable of communicating with everyone on the Earth back when He was living on the Earth. So, say for example, if a person from China had visited Israel back in 30 A....
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Do the Mormons/ Latter Day Saints view of the Trinity and belief in a divine Mother make a practical difference to their ethics & conduct?

I understand that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (popularly known as Mormons) teaches that God the Father has a wife and we thus have a divine Mother as well as Heavenly Father. I ...
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Does Unitarianism - as a whole - worship God as a Person?

Wikipedia - Unitarianism seems to suggest that there is no core belief regarding Deity, within what is called 'Unitarianism' : Worship within the Unitarian tradition accommodates a wide range of ...
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Why do some Christians say it wrong to "play God" in medicine?

God is all good. He came to earth as Jesus Christ to die for our sins and give us an example of a perfect life to attempt to follow. Medical technologies take many forms. Some, for example ...
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What are the main differences between the God of the Bible and God of Quran? [closed]

The Bible reveals the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob progressively from the first book Genesis to the last book Revelations. The teachings of the Prophets and the Apostles not only concur with each ...
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What is a Trinitarian explanation of how God can be with Himself?

John 1:1 says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. A very common rebuttal to the Trinitarian understanding of this verse goes something like this: If the ...
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What is the biblical basis for saying God is a Subsistent Being?

My question is not about philosophical views but is focused on theological views. According to Thomas Aquinas, God is a "subsistent being". He explained the Triune Persons as subsistent ...
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How forgiving is God?

Does God forgive you if you genuinely feel sorry for something you have done? For instance, if someone vowed to God that he or she won't do this or that to get something in life but the person breaks ...
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Is believing on God for salvation the same as believing in Jesus as Christ?

I'm interested in answers particularly from Evangelicals who might disagree with this idea, as well as those who agree with it. I'm especially interested in theological considerations - ie. does this ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses, How does God safely choose what to foreknow?

It appears from this question and answer that the Jehovah's Witnesses hold a slightly different understanding of God's omniscience than the typical Orthodox view wherein God always and at all times ...
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What does the historical evidence tell us about the pneumatological beliefs of the early Church during the first two centuries of Christianity?

What did the early Christians believe about the Holy Spirit in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD? What does the historical evidence tell us? Did most Christians believe that the Holy Spirit was a Person? ...
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What is the earliest clear and unambiguous post-NT denial of the Holy Spirit's personhood in Christianity?

Essentially the opposite of this question: What is the earliest recorded post-NT instance of a clear and unambiguous denial of the personhood of the Holy Spirit? When was it claimed for the first ...
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Are there Christians that believe that God is a substance?

If there are groups that believe God is a substance, where is such a belief based? When did this belief started?
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How do Biblical Unitarians understand "the glory of the Father's own self" that Jesus claims he had before the world was?

From what I understand, Biblical Unitarians believe that the pre-incarnational existence of Jesus (as trinitarians propose it) is actually a notional existence in the mind of God. In other words, the ...
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How do Trinitarians explain James 1:17, John 4:24 and John 17:3?

James 1:17 Amplified Bible Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no ...
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What is the difference between the Trinity theory and modalism?

In Modalism, the distinction between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are mere "modes" of how a singular, unitarian godhead interacts with creation. Consequently, in Modalism, the ...
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What is the LDS understanding of Deut. 4:35?

I have copied these following quotations from a study section of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints website explaining the identity of the God of the Old Testament: Elder James E. ...
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Did God's essence enter time and space?

Trinitarians believe that Jesus, who was the Lord in the flesh, entered into time and space. But since Jesus has a divine essence, does this mean that the essence of God entered into time and space?
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Do any Christian groups or denominations not see having a definite doctrinal position on God's nature as essential for salvation?

Every time I revisit questions about God's nature on Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange I can't help but come out with more doubts than convictions. For example, take a look at the following ...
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For those who reject the deity of Jesus Christ how do you explain Isaiah seeing Him with his physical eyes at Isaiah 6:1? Others may comment as well

Isaiah 6:1, "In the year of King Uzziah's death, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted with the train of His robe filling the temple." This is confirmed by the Apostle John ...
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Is there Biblical evidence that shows that God developed during the New Testament due to becoming human?

I recently got back into reading the Bible after a long hiatus, especially after a talk with my Grandma regarding religion (I've even ordered a new NLT Bible). I'm a Christian and look at things from ...
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Is it Biblical to say that Jesus is God? [duplicate]

It seems that many Christians have a certain reluctance to say that "Jesus is God". There seems to even be some reticence about it in the New Testament, and he is usually described, even by ...
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According to Trinitarians, can the personhood of the Holy Spirit be confirmed through personal experience?

First of all, I'm well aware of the existence of scriptural arguments both for (link) and against (link, link) the personhood of the Holy Spirit. Whether one finds the arguments either for or against ...
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For Those who deny the deity of Jesus Christ why does He at Revelation 1:8 identify Himself as the Lord God Almighty? [duplicate]

Revelation 1:8, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:11, "saying, "Write in a book what you see, and ...
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Why do people believe God is genderless?

From a few feminist-like individuals I have heard the argument that God is actually genderless, and despite God being called Father in the scriptures they refute these claims. As a reformed protestant ...
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Is there a name for a category of Christians who lack a doctrinal position in the debate about God's nature?

If a Christian considers that the burden of proof has not been adequately met by any known theological doctrines about God's nature, including mainstream ones such as Trinitarianism, Binitarianism, ...
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Did God's nature or attributes change by virtue of the Son's incarnation?

The Logos is co-eternal and is God, but the human nature of Jesus was created and lived at a very specific time. Did the experiences God (either the Son or the Godhead as a whole) had as a human ...
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God as the Ground of Being

What is the biblical basis for the idea that God can be defined as the Ground of our being? Secondly, anyone (perhaps already familiar with this) who can give us a better sense of it, beyond ...
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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?

According to non-trinitarians, 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 ...
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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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