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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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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How does Reformed Theology consider passages that may imply that God is the “subject of sufferings”?

In A Dissertation Concerning the End for which God Created the World, John Edwards makes the following statement, Because it is evident, by both Scripture and reason, that God is infinitely, ...
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What was Jesus' soul? [closed]

In the following Scriptures Jesus refers to my soul: Matthew 26:38 KJV Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. Mark 14:34 KJV ...
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Does the Catholic church believe that God really forgives by confession alone?

My question is does the Catholic Church hold that God forgives every crime by confession alone? If so I could commit crimes from Monday to Saturday and then go and confess to a priest on Sunday - ...
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How do you know you are perceiving the same God?

Is there a unique concept of God (within Christianity)? If so, since different people probably have their own interpretation on Bible/Christianity/God (albeit the differences between different ...
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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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Which Ante-Nicene Church Fathers believed that Jesus is the “eternal Son” of the Father?

Economic trinitarianism, in the pre-Nicene sense of the phrase, says that God is a monad who becomes tripartite for the purposes of creation and redemption. Forms of this view were held by Justin ...
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Why did God hide away the fact that He had the Son in the Old Testament times? [closed]

Paul speaks about the fullness of times (I think, in Romans), upon the arrival of which the grace was manifested in the Son of God, but I wonder why was it needed for the Father to conceal the fact ...
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Are the words that Jesus spoke the Logos?

Is there anything amiss with the following argument? Jesus is the Word of God (Jesus is the Logos) Jesus spoke words Jesus is God The words that Jesus spoke are the words of God The words of Jesus ...
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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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In 1 Corinthians 8:5, what do the “many gods and many lords” refer to?

In 1 Corinthians 8:5–6, we read: 5 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6 yet for us there is one God (ESV) I'm having a ...
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According to LDS doctrine, what is the source of God's power?

According to modern revelation - from an LDS perspective, what is the source of God's power? I'm looking for references from the standard works and quotes from the brethren that may indicate to us ...
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Does Jesus/God understand uncertainty or sin?

I understand that Jesus has experienced the same weaknesses and temptations, but what about uncertainty? Or even sin itself? How can He understand what it is like to not know anything for certain when ...
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Why is God the Father referred to as “Eternal Father” in LDS writings when He is not believed to be eternal?

I was recently reading some LDS material and noticed something that did not make sense to me. As I understand LDS teaching, God the Father was once a man on another planet who attained godhood ...
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Did Jonah think that God exists only in Israel?

The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord and ...
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Do God and Satan Celebrate Earthly Triumphs?

Many people talk about "A Never-Ending Battle Between Good and Evil". The Bible mentions specific interventions by God and Satan to influence earthly events. 'The Binding of Issac' stands out in my ...
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What is the Biblical basis that God's sacrifice is sufficient for all of our sins (past included)?

I spoke to a friend recently and they said: I feel like I've done so much in my past, and that is holding me back from having a relationship with God. How can I know that God will accept me, even ...
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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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What is the Biblical basis for a Heavenly Mother?

We know that the Bible tells us of our Father in heaven, but is there any Biblical indication of a Mother in heaven? Some non-mainstream churches say that there is a Mother in heaven. What is their ...
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Are some people pursued by the “enemy” relatively more than others? [closed]

My pastor made a general statement (or whole sermon;) and said something to the effect that the more the enemy knows you are in alignment with God the more he tries to knock us off course. So, more ...
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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 Orthodox Christians believe that God wants a personal relationship with the individual?

This question only asks about "Christians". One high-quality response on that question suggests that the personal relationship idea extends from the Enlightenment. So, in light of that question and ...
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What is “spirit” in Holy Spirit?

Jesus taught the woman of Samaria that "God is spirit". The answer to the Penny Catechism Q17. What is God? is God is the supreme Spirit, who alone exists of himself, and is infinite in all ...
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What is the relationship between God the Father and the Holy Spirit? [duplicate]

Jesus clearly identifies His relationship with God the Father; he is the “only begotten Son of the Father”. What Biblical evidence do we have identifying the relationship between God the Father and ...
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Where do we draw the line when questioning/testing God? [closed]

It's pretty clear that we shouldn't put God to the test. Luke 4:12 NIV Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” Or is it? Isaiah 7:10-12 10 Again ...
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Does God have a form as seen by John the Apostle?

Revelation 4 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow ...
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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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What is the Scriptural basis for Modalism?

We hear a lot at times about the godhead, so that got me wondering: what is the Scriptural basis for the Christian doctrine of Modalism?
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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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Is God omnipotent? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Biblical evidence for omnipotence/omniscience Next in my line of questions... I've always heard silly questions like "Could God create a rock so big he couldn't lift it?" ...
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Matthew 26:24, is God Omnibenevolent? [duplicate]

I'm really interested about Matthew 26:24 in which Jesus said that The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for ...
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Does God have the capacity to sin? Can God sin? [closed]

To clarify, this question is not asking for a "justification" of those times, described in the Bible, when God struck someone dead. Life is His to take. the question is also not asking strictly ...
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What's the main logical basis that is put forth by those Christians who don't believe in the existence of God?

What's the main logical or doctrinal basis that is put forth by those Christians who don't believe in the existence of God? I mean, in the Bible Jesus spoke of God the Father many times, so how do ...
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If there were no punishment for sin would salvation be necessary?

Every time I hear someone say that 'If God were a loving God he would not send people to Hell', It makes me wonder Why does God, who is such a loving God send unbelievers to Hell. Since Jesus said ...
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Was God living in darkness before the creation of light? [closed]

After reading this question, another question came to my mind. If God created the light only after the creation of the universe, then does it mean there was no light in Heaven? If we read the context ...
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Why is God considered by many to be a male?

I am not a Christian, but I believe in many of the biblical stories and the message that they provide for the world to be a better place. I think the Bible could be more accepted and it’s strong ...
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How do Christians incorporate present moment everyday faith in light of God's multi-generational nature?

From reading the Bible, I have always had questions about how God works slowly over many generations of people and more specifically about those who live in what I call "God's Silent Periods". For ...
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Why is “being created” considered an imperfection?

I've seen the uncreated God contrasted many times to the created angels, Satan, and humans, and etc. Being created is counted against the latter category as a mark of imperfection which God does not ...
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Is there an argument that God, as a self-proving entity, is necessary for logic?

I recall hearing an argument for God (or, really, that being a non-Christian was equivalent to being a nihilist) that in order for logic to be valid, one could not have circular arguments, but since ...
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Is God really Merciful according to the Bible?

1st Samuel 15, Saul disobeys God but the Bible says that God is Merciful also He commanded that "Thou shall not kill". Why did He ask Saul to kill all the Amalekite people without sparing their ...
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What was God the Father like, when he was a man?

According to the LDS doctrine of exaltation, God the Father was born and lived and died, and then was exhalted to Godhood by his God, in the same way that Jesus was exalted by the Father. Is there ...
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Is there biblical evidence that God knows my unspoken thoughts?

I am trying to understand the broader rules for my own existence. I know I exist and think. If I want to convey thoughts to another person or living being I have words. Many times words are poor ...
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Did CS Lewis see 'pleasure' as being the purpose of our existence?

In 'The Great Divorce' a character asks, destraught, why she was born and a spirit replies, "for infinite joy!" Is that what CS Lewis thought the meaning of life was? Ultimate joy? Is there any other ...
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How could God's form be seen prior to His incarnation?

In a seeker's Bible discussion last week, I had explained that God created the physical world and, therefore, existed outside the physical world. I stated that He entered into the physical world in ...
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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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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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What does the Nicene Creed mean when it says that the Father and the Son are of the same substance?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicene_Creed says: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, begotten of the Father [the only-begotten; that is, of the essence of the Father, God of God,] ...
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How do Mormons understand Revelation 22:3?

Revelation 22:3 in the King James Version: 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: To me this appears to ...
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Was Jesus two separate individuals in one body?

I have always been told, and I thoroughly believe that Jesus was wholly God and wholly man. Since there are multiple occasions in the Bible where pre-incarnate Jesus apparently appeared to people, ...