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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The Omnibenevolence of God

Does the Bible contain an unambiguous statement that God is All-Good? (Note: I am not questioning whether God is All-Good or not, nor how we can indirectly infer God is All-God. I am not asking ...
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What is the source of this quote from St. Augustine?

In a sermon many years ago a priest (now dead) quoted a phrase from St Augustine : God was drawn down from heaven by the weight of his love. I realise that this is a translation from Latin & ...
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What is the Ontological Difference between the Catholic and the Orthodox View of God?

The Orthodox YouTuber Jay Dyer has peaked my interest by asserting that the Catholic view of God's essence as absolutely simple is heretical. And that the Catholic view of God's essence in relation to ...
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Why did God create us so that it is in our nature to sin?

There are many questions that circle around the following question but the exact wording is important - therefore it is, to the best of my knowledge, not a duplicate! In many of the answers given to ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain Paul's apparent equating of Yahweh and Jesus in Romans 10?

Recently I was listening to a lecture by Reformed theologian Robert Cara, in which he mentioned how frequently NT writers connect and apply OT Yahweh references to Jesus. A number of examples could ...
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God and Satan in the book of Job: how did they know about this conversation?

Job chapter 1 vers 6 - 12 talks about God and Satan having a conversation. Where does that story come from? Job does not know what is going on and I have never heard anyone talk about it. Is it a ...
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What does “God is just” mean according to Calvinists?

In our world, what we understand about "justice" is not just a verdict between guilty or not guilty, because it also balances the punishment on the severity of the crime. Here is an illustration: ...
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How do Jehovah's Witnesses explain Paul's apparent equating of Yahweh and Jesus in Ephesians 4?

Recently I was listening to a lecture by Reformed theologian Robert Cara, in which he mentioned how frequently NT writers connect and apply OT Yahweh references to Jesus. A number of examples could ...
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Does the cosmological argument ignore the Spirituality of God?

In studying Christianity it is inevitable that one comes to the point where the existence of God is compared to the existence of the Universe. This is loosely embraced in the Cosmological argument. ...
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Why does God desire glorification?

If my interpretation of the ultimate purpose of human existence according to the Bible is correct, humanity exists to glorify the existence of God. In Isaiah 43:7, it is stated "everyone who is called ...
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Given that Mormons believe the father has a physical body, what is the significance of the incarnation?

In mainstream Christianity, the incarnation is a really big deal. The idea that the transcendent and ineffable God could enter into creation and become a man is a mind-boggling concept (and provides ...
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How is the divinity of Jesus defended in light of Philippians 2:9 (“God exalted him”) and Matthew 28:18?

Philippians 2:9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on ...
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Christ is true God and true Man… from when? [closed]

According to the catholic doctrine, Jesus is "true God and true human." That nature of Him was taken in order to redeem the humanity of sin. My question is: Since he is God since all times, did he ...
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What is the Biblical basis that God “cannot” act against his nature?

I understand the traditional theology of omnipotence to be that God can do anything He wills, and that his omnipotence is thereby limited to His nature. In other words, saying that God can do ...
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What is the Biblical basis for the belief that God cannot be manipulated?

What the Biblical basis for the belief that God cannot be manipulated? My attempts so far: Job 42, 2 Psalm 115, 3 I am looking for something that indicates that God cannot be manipulated more ...
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In Trinitarian theology who created the world? [closed]

Did the father create the world by himself by fiat ("Let there be and there was...")? Or, Did the father order the son to create the world and the son did the work (where "Let there be..." was a ...
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How do trinitarians interpret John 8:58?

In John 8:58 Yeshua says: Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. (KJV) If I'm not misunderstanding, and based on commentaries I've read, trinitarians ...
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How does one reconcile the changelessness of God with Jesus' incarnation? [closed]

The Bible says that God "remains the same" (Ps 102:27), and that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Heb 13:8). This seems to mean that he is changeless. However, Jesus was not ...
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Is God the Son's divine nature human?

According to the hypostatic union, God the Son assumed a human nature, so that he is both fully divine and fully human. The two natures, although distinct, are not separated. Does this mean god the ...
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According to Trinitarian theology of Calvinism, was the Word (2nd person of the Trinity) missing from heaven when He (the Word) incarnated on Earth?

What I mean with "missing from heaven" is something like this : A. Only the first and the third persons of the Trinity were in heaven because the second person was on Earth. Example: Q : Where is ...
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Does 1 Corinthians 8:6 prove Unitarianism?

yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all , things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. 1 Corinthians 8:6 ESV To ...
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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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