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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Power, Authority and Sovereignty in the Character of God

It is held that God is All Powerful and has Supreme Authority over His creation and is Sovereign. I have long pondered on the relation of these three aspects of His Nature, and wonder: are any of ...
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Are there any Christian sects that allow for the existence of other “God” claims?

Are there any Christian sects that allow for the existence of other "God" claims? That is, allow for claims that are (semi-)polytheistic in nature. I'm excluding claims that the Trinity is ...
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How does the Catholic church deal with the differences between the God described in the old and new Testaments?

The God described in the Old Testament can be violent and vindictive and seems to hold to a different set of moral rules than the God we see in the New Testament. How does the Catholic church explain ...
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What is the Biblical basis that the second Person of the Trinity was the Only-begotten Son of the Father before His incarnation?

Do we have any proof from the Bible that the second Person of the Trinity was the Only-begotten Son of the Father before His incarnation?
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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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Why are many Christians antagonistic towards the idea that God has a form?

Many Christian theologies from the past and present are against the idea that God has a form. The common argument I found is something like this; "God is Spirit and spirit has no form, hence God has ...
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How does Jesus describe God in the Gospels

How did Jesus explain the nature of God in the NT narratives ? Please cite only the relevant verses where Jesus himself describes the nature of God. I wanted to again clarify , that I am interested ...
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Could there be any possible action proving Yahweh to be cruel? [closed]

Recently, one of my christian friends died of cancer. My Christian friends told me that Yahweh is very merciful. But if he got well, Yahweh would be merciful, too. So, HYPOTHETICALLY (see the note): ...
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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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What does it mean that God's wrath is infinite and what is its relation to existence of life on other planets?

I heard on the first episode of Cosmos that astronomer Giordano Bruno was punished because he believed there are other planets with life on them. The Roman inquisition sentenced him to execution ...
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How are spirits born?

I'm interested primarily in LDS doctrine, but I welcome the perspective of other sects as well, as I believe that all of Christianity shares the same roots. Please specify from what denomination your ...
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What differences will being a Christian make in this life? [closed]

What are the differences being a Christian will make in this life (on earth not entrance into heaven or hell)? Or is it just a group identity of a hopeful passage into Heaven upon the next life and ...
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Did the apostles teach ideas about God the Father that were contrary to the teachings of first century Judaism?

Early Christianity surely inherited theology from Judaism. In particular, at least some of God's characteristics as taught by Judaism. After all, Jesus and the apostles were Jews. Did they ever ...
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Phileo/Storge love in God and heaven?

My friend and I were talking about the four types of love the Greeks distinguished, and my friend said God's love is purely Agape. But doesn't God wants to be friend with each of us? And doesn't God ...
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In Catholicism if God is infinite love, can love always increase in intensity or does that mean quantity?

According to the official facts laid out by the Pope and his Magesterium, as God is unending love and joy, does that mean that these emotions can always 'rise' in their intensity? For instance, we ...
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When God works 'all things' for the good, is anything excluded in the word 'all'?

Assuming these verses in Romans 8 apply to the elect, is anything past, present, or future, in all of creation, circumstance, and world events excluded, or is it literally to be understood as an ...
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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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If I seek God, does that mean that I MUST be elect, according to Calvinism? [duplicate]

I want to find God, at least I think I do. I struggle with the different interpretations of the path to salvation and even though I don't LIKE the idea of God electing some and giving others ...
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Why should we pray if God knows everything? [duplicate]

If God knows everything, then why do we pray? For example, my dad is in the hospital, and he's really sick. So I pray to God to help my dad get better. Doesn't God know he's in the hospital and in ...
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Did God use man as a vehicle to bring about death? [closed]

Before creation there would have been no death. All of the Angels God created are eternal. When God Created everything then time was also created, but Earth and time are both temporary creations. ...
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Does God punish babies and children who die in sin? [closed]

I've always wondered this. Before they even have a chance to think for themselves, and they die in sin, does God send them to Hell?
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Why did God speak Hebrew?

God wrote the Ten Commandments with His own finger, on tablets of Stone, in Hebrew. When He had finished speaking with him upon Mount Sinai, He gave Moses the two tablets of the testimony, tablets ...
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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 can an all powerful supreme being be either good or evil?

In order to be Omnipotent, or all knowing, as well as Omnipresent and all powerful wouldn't a supreme being have to be so far removed from concepts of "Good" and "Evil"? Those are just terms and ...
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Can Man see God? [closed]

Genesis 32:30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. Ex. 33:11 And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto ...
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How do those who hold doctrines that God is omnipotent and omniscient answer what 1 Corinthians 1:25 implies?

1 Corinthians 1:25 reads: 1 Corinthians 1 (NIV) 25  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. If Paul believed that ...
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What is the Catholic understanding of omnipotence?

Castiel wanted to ask this question from a biblical basis: Can God kill himself ? I mean, if he can kill himself, he isn't immortal and if he can't, he have not unlimited power... The question ...
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How does one explain God being outside the universe yet on the throne in heaven without violating divine simplicity?

God created the universe. Therefore He transcends the universe. He is outside the universe. Yet, He has a throne room in heaven: Revelation 4:2 - Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne ...
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Bible changed? Example from Arminianism vs Calvinism

From my understanding and through examples in history and my life as well, God allows good and bad things to happen. Although I would always be curious as to why certain things happen, especially when ...
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If God is beyond our comprehension how can we comprehend what he wants?

According to many christian practitioners one of their most famous answers to a lot of questions in that "God is above our understanding" or another similar answer. If this is true then how can we ...
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The land of bread and honey or just a diversion?

Was God holding back on the Israelites when it came to the promised land? For example, they were promised fertile land, creating lots of food, bread and honey, beautiful landscape, a place of their ...
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What word describes the heresy of “Jesus is the Son of Himself”?

Preface This question is the result of a personal thought experiment and is for curiosity sake. I do not profess nor believe the following statement. Background Those who believe in the ...
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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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If God is a Trinity, are Father and Son manifestations of Divinity without being spirits? [duplicate]

If God is a Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, does this mean that Father and Son are manifestations of Divinity without being spirits, so that only the Holy Spirit is a spirit? Please answer ...
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How do Trinitarians reconcile Jesus is a spirit?

From my understanding of the Trinity (please correct me if I am wrong), the Trinity is God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost as three separate beings (or personalities) but one God. They ...
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What is the meaning of the strange fire in Leviticus 10:1? [closed]

Nadab and Abihu were killed for this "small" thing in God's eyes. Wow! I have a hard time understanding this. Any thoughts?
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In the belief of the Pentecostals, is God moral, immoral or amoral?

I've been studying on the nature of God and His character. While reading the New Testament I noticed that God operated in a different way in terms of His behavior. In the Old Testament, God had ...
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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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How can the Bible say God was refreshed if he never gets weary?

These two passages seem contradictory: the first says that God rested and was refreshed on the seventh day, but the second says God is never tired or weary. How can these passages be reconciled? It ...
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Is a belief that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not three persons, but one, Modalism?

If I believe that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are God, but not as three persons but as one, do I believe in Modalism?
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Is Jesus eternally the Son of God the Father? [closed]

Throughout scripture Jesus is identified as the “only begotten of the Father”. Is Jesus eternally the Only Begotten of the Father or did He become the Son at His incarnation? Scripture to me ...
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How can we apply relying on Jesus in situations where it appears we have to rely on ourselves? [closed]

I ask the question for a real reason. I would like to make more money to support my family and live in better conditions. I feel I have to rely on myself to go back to school, work hard and then get a ...
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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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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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How do the Orthodox and Catholics understand the spiration of the Holy Spirit?

The following are definition(s) of SPIRATION (source): 1 a obsolete : the action of breathing as a creative or life-giving function of the Deity b (1) : the act by or manner in which the Holy ...
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According to LDS teaching, Does God have a God?

This question discusses the LDS teaching that “As man now is, God once was; as God is now man may be.” ( The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, ed. Clyde J. Williams [1984], 1.) The teaching is partially ...
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What is the basis for an omnipotent God allowing imperfect transmission of his Word? [closed]

tl;dr> Assuming: God is all powerful The Bible is inspired There are copy mistakes that occur If so, Why? Some assumptions for my question first. First, God knows all things, even future events. ...
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What are Christians trusting God about, when in fallen world circumstance? [closed]

For example, a woman lives in a physically abusive marriage or a teenager lives in an area where a gang determines what they can and can't do. (i.e. - situations that are chronic and very difficult to ...
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Can non-inifinite beings make logical deductions about infinite properties of God?

Some of the least useful discussions I've seen in Christianity revolve around the absolute, superlative properties of God. "God is infinitely good, therefore, He ..."; "God is infinitely just, ...

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