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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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According to Trinitarianism, is Jesus God Almighty?

First of all I want a Trinitarian answer. Is it proper to say that Jesus is God Almighty? The Scriptures are very clear but they (and the church fathers) are very clear that the Father is God ...
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How do Mormons interpret Psalm 110:1 and Matthew 22:41-45?

Based on the answer to this other question, Mormons believe that Jesus and Jehovah in the Old Testament are one and same person. Also my understanding is that, based on information such as the ...
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How does “Lead us not into temptation” need to be interpreted? [closed]

When we Christians recite the "Our Father", we always say: ... and lead us not into temptation ... From this quote I understand very clearly that God can lead us to temptation thus contradicting ...
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What planet do Mormons think God the Father was born on?

In 2001, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith decided that Mormon baptisms are not valid as far as Catholicism is concerned, because of certain doctrines of Mormonism that are problematic from a ...
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How does the Swedenborgian Church interpret Psalm 110:1 and Mark 15:34?

This question is about two passages: Psalm 110:1 and Mark 15:34. In Psalm 110:1, King David wrote, according to the KJV: The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine ...
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Is God the Son the God of God the Son?

Calvin's Commentary of John 20 says... It is, unquestionably, an invaluable blessing, that believers can safely and firmly believe, that He who is the God of Christ is their God, and that He who is ...
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In consideration of Numbers 23:19, can God be a human? (Catholic perspective)

In the King James Version of the Bible, it is mentioned in Num. 23:19 that God is not a human: 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, ...
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How did these people see God's face? (Catholic perspective)

In John 1:18, it seems no one has seen God's face: No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. And in ...
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What happens to Jesus when received in a unworthy manner in the Eucharist?

There is a lot of written on what happens to a person when receiving the Eucharist in an unworthy manner but not so much what happens to Jesus. Since the whole Christ is truly present, body, blood, ...
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According to Reformed theology, does God show special favor to some believers?

I am looking for answer from a reformed theology perspective. I know that there are verses in the Bible that God does not show favor. But at the same time there has been many instances where the son ...
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What are the Catholic arguments for God having a free will?

I have noticed a version of this question (Does God have free will? ) however I would like to ask it in a slightly different way: What are the most significant biblical and other (patristic, ...
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Is God's sovereignty a term associated with Reformed theology?

Is the concept of God's sovereignty disputed outside of Reformed theology, and is God's sovereignty a label for God that is exclusively used in the context of Reformed theology?
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Do any Christian denominations believe God can annihilate his creation?

Christians believe God created the universe from nothing. Do any believe he can reverse this process, effectively annihilating his creation, or some portion of his creation?
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that God loves individuals? [duplicate]

I need to find a Bible verse that states that God loves me as a person, as an individual. Many verses refer to God's love for the world, for the church, for the nation. No verse specifically says that ...
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According to the Catholic Church, why is God called “Father” (and not, say, “Mother”)?

Throughout the Bible, Jesus specifically refers to God as Father, and us as his sons. Why is it significant that God is a Father? Why did God choose the image of “Father,” as opposed to other ...
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According to Protestantism why did God choose the persona of a Father?

Throughout the Bible, God uses the persona of a Father. Jesus specifically refers to God as Father, and us as his sons. Why is it significant that God is a Father? And why did God choose the nature ...
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According to open theism, did God know that the crucifixion of Jesus would benefit anyone after him?

Ronald Nash challenges open theism in his book, Life's Ultimate Questions, in particular on the point of God's foreknowledge during the crucifixion of Jesus. Since God's knowledge of the future is "...
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Do Mormons actually believe in any sort of supreme being/ultimate reality/“Absolute”?

From what I've heard about the Mormon God, he doesn't actually seem to fit the description of "supreme being" and rather seems more like a polytheistic Greek or Hindu God. The following may be ...
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How is the Trinity compatible with divine simplicity?

Divine simplicity is the doctrine that God has no parts/composition. It implies that God is equivalent to his attributes and his attributes are equivalent to each other. So God is love and God is ...
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What is the biblical support for the Nicene creed's statement of the Son being “eternally begotten”?

What is the biblical support for the Nicene Creed's statement of the Son being "eternally begotten"?
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Was it possible for God to be a single person like in Islam and Judaism? Or is the attribute of “Trinity” an essential property of God? [closed]

Correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that the Father "begot" the son from eternity. I suppose you could formulate my question as, did the Father have any choice in this? As in, could he ...
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How does Catholic doctrine differ from LDS doctrine concerning God the Father?

In a related question, it was asked, How do Mormons explain the apparent contradiction to their belief that God the Father has a body of flesh and bones found in the paralleled scriptures below; ...
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Mormonism doctrine of a flesh & bones God

How do Mormons explain the apparent contradiction to their belief that God the Father has a body of flesh and bones found in the paralleled scriptures below; John 4:24 God is a Spirit... ...
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Is there a name for the belief that God is not omniscient, but rather is “learning” how to deal with humanity?

A Lutheran pastor told me that she believes God is not omniscient (and that this was a Greek concept later applied to God), but rather that God is in a process of "learning" how to deal with humanity. ...
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What was the explanation for why Catharism identified the Old Testament God as Satan?

According to the a Wikipedia article on Catharism (a Gnostic Christian movement in the 12th to 14th centuries): The idea of two Gods or principles, one being good and the other evil, was central to ...
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How do Christians reconcile the following reasoning? [duplicate]

Given that God is all-powerful (omnipotent), all-knowing (omniscient), and everywhere (omnipresent) by definition, there are three possible conclusions: 1) God is evil - He created Lucifer, knowing ...
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In which writing(s) did Augustine assert that God exists outside of time?

According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, on the entry for “Eternity,” §3 (“The Eternalist View”), it is stated, So, beginning with Augustine and Boethius, many thinkers have held the ...
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According to the doctrine of Trinity, was Jesus always co-equal to the Father?

So I'm trying to understand the Trinity. I always thought of it like this: Jesus was 100% divine when he was with the Father. In other words, he was fully co-equal to the Father. Then, when he became ...
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Does divine simplicity imply that God is identical to his attributes?

Scope: Philosophy of orthodox Trinitarianism. Off the top of my head, the Bible says that God is love, God is light, God is truth, God is wisdom, and God is Spirit. Is it a more general ...
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What is the origin of 'omnipotence' as an attribute of God in the ecumenical councils and other Christian authorities?

It is customary in Christian theological discourse and affiliated philosophy of religion literature to affirm that God is omnipotent. Often this attribute is joined to omniscience and moral perfection ...
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How could Abraham dine with God? [closed]

How could Abraham have possibly dined physically with God as suggested in Genesis 18, especially when "No one has ever seen Him"? 1 Timothy 6:16 He alone is immortal and dwells in ...
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When did Jesus assume human nature?

Did Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity, only assume impersonal (anhypostatic) human nature (body and soul), during incarnation, in which he was born of Mary? Or, did he already have human ...
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Mormonism view on God as a physical being

According to the BBC website on religions. Its states the following about the doctrine held by Mormonism about the physical body of God: Mormons believe that: God is an exalted, perfected man....
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What is the Biblical basis for believing God is the same throughout the Old and New Testament?

My first ever question here is: What is the Biblical basis for believing that God is the same throughout the Old and New Testaments, especially when one might struggle to reconcile the apparent ...
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Old Testament Evidence of the Hypostatic Union

There are people who don't believe that God can become a man, as we Christians say He did as Jesus. Is there any evidence that God is able to put on flesh in the Old Testament? What logical arguments ...
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Is the Divine Substance rational?

According to the answers here and here, the term person means "an individual substance of a rational nature". According to trinitarian theology, the triune god exists as three consubstantial persons ...
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Did the Father and Holy Spirit become man?

According to Trinitarian theology, the second person of the triune god became man. The second person of the triune god is also fully god, and since there is only one god, the second person of the ...
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Is God fully Jesus?

In normal logic we can say "All odd numbers are numbers." But we cannot say "All numbers are odd numbers." The reason is explained here. However, we can say "Zero is none" or "None is zero". ...
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What is the basis of God's Goodness/Righteousness? [closed]

I would like an Answer from a Reformed/Calvinist Perspective. There are many instances in scripture that affirm GOD is good (Psalm 119:68, 1 Tim 4:4). And that God is Righteous (Psalm 48:10, ...
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Does God, according to Catholic theology, precondition His help on other people's prayers and if so, why?

We are told by the Church many times the importance of prayers for others. It would seem that we can help other people by praying for them, or, to be more precise, we can plead God's grace for those ...
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Jesus rejects equality with God - How does this statement reconcile with traditional teachings?

What does this mean Jesus rejects equality with God? I was always taught Jesus and the Father where separate but equal? Granted you cant find it in the bible. Did they mean to say separate but both ...
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According to Wesleyan-Arminianism, does God fail?

According to Wesleyan-Arminianism, does God try His absolute hardest to save all of mankind- but ultimately fails and has no other choice but to send a majority of mankind to have their flesh burned ...
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What does Tertullian mean by the Son being a “portion of the Father's substance”?

What does Tertullian mean by the Son being a "portion of the Father's substance"? "For the Father is the entire substance, but the Son is a derivation and portion of the whole" (Against Praxeas, ...
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According to Catholicism, does God want everyone to be Catholic?

According to Catholicism, does God want all humans to be Catholic? And if everyone became Catholic, would Satan be abolished? Is this acknowledged in the Bible or elsewhere?
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According to Catholicism, how does God expect us to realize the truth of Christianity?

I am sincerely sorry if this is under-researched/sourced, but according to Catholicism, how does He want people to discern [Catholic] Christianity's veracity? I have posted this on other SE religion ...
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According to Protestants, what is the biblical basis of Jesus being “one substance with the father”?

The only place in scripture where the relationship of the substance of Jesus with the substance of God that I can find in the scriptures is To the Hebrews:1:3 which actually says that they are of ...
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Philosophical proofs that God must be triune? [closed]

I have heard that many philosophers wrote that God must be triune. What were their arguments? What are some references regarding this topic?
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Are there any commentaries from Trinitarians that explain why the Holy Spirit doesn't have a throne/receive worship in Revelation?

For being a co-equal member of the Godhead, it would appear that the Holy Spirit is, for all intents and purposes, absent from the major points, events, and visions held in Revelation. For example, ...
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Why does God promise something that satisfies our greed for longevity? [closed]

New to Christianity.SE and Christianity in general, but I've had this question for some time. The intrinsic greed of humans is to live forever—so why does God promise us eternal life after death as a ...
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What Scripture passages do Latter-day Saints use to refute the Trinity?

If I am not mistaken (but do correct me if I am), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate beings, i.e. three separate Gods. What ...