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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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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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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What prompted the second century writers to adopt the concept of οὐσία to refer to God's nature?

My question When did the concept of οὐσία begin to refer to God's nature? has been answered and the answer was actually great. However, the answer has led me to ask another question. Conceptually, I ...
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Why would a loving God prefer one nation over another? [closed]

Deuteronomy 14:2 "For you are a holy people to the LORD your God, and the LORD has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. " ...
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What is the meaning of the word “ONE” in the Bible? [closed]

In the Bible it talks of Jesus being one with the Father John 10:30 but also says that we should be one with them John 17:11. In the Bible's original Greek text, is the same word used for both, or is ...
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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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Does the nature of God's love for us include what we humans would call “constant, strong, and genuine affection”? (Catholic)

I know that God "loves" me, but does the nature of God's love include what we humans would call "a constant, strong, and genuine affection"? I am asking this because in Catholic church, God's love is ...
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Does Catholicism have a notion of “the God in me”?

While being interviewed on the NPR radio show "On Being," lobbyist, lawyer, and nun Sister Simone Campbell said of developing compassion for her political opponents (at around 31:30), A few years ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between “Holy Spirit” and “Holy Ghost”?

Is there any difference in meaning between Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost? When should we use Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost? By the way, Wikipedia says: Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost, is a term found in ...
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How can we tell when Scripture is talking about one of the persons of the Trinity and when it's talking about all three?

I am very interested in learning more about the Trinity. I love God, and really want to understand Them better. ..I mean Him. This came to my mind earlier, and I laughed, but then caught myself, ...
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How do the Father and Son differ if they have the same particular essence?

My question assumes ousia in Christian orthodoxy means a particular (not universal) essence or form, and not a concrete instantiation (hypostasis). If the Father and Son have the same ousia, where are ...
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Did God want Satan to tempt Jesus as a means of showing the spiritual realm that Jesus's love for and loyalty to God was undeniable?

Matthew 4:1 "Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." I am wondering if God wanted Jesus to be tempted by Satan as a means of showing Satan and the demons, ...
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According to the Catholic Church, why should we pray if God has already decided the best future for all of us?

According to Roman Catholic Church, if God knows everything, including the future (which he does, if he's omniscient) Refer : What is the biblical evidence for God's omnipotence and ...
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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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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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Examples of people who fell from grace and earned it back? [closed]

In the bible, it reads (forgive me as I don't have the exact passage) that the Holy Spirit will be given to those who are righteous. My question is, are there any examples of people who were ...
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Does the word ONE in the verses listed below denote a physical oneness of substance or a oneness in unity, purpose and nature?

The Bible it talks of Jesus being one with the Father in scriptures like John 10:30 and 1 Jn. 5:7 but also says that we should be one with them as in John 17:11 and Rom. 12:5. If we look at the Bible'...
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Does God Abet Sinful Behaviour if it Brings About His Justice?

I'm having difficulty dealing with prophetic parts of the Old Testament that discuss God's wrath. I understand that the wages of sin is death and before the new covenant in Jesus, God punished people ...
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According to Jehovah's Witnesses is Jehovah God omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent?

In talking to Jehovah's Witnesses I found it difficult to discover what they believed on these three attributes: Omnipotent - God cannot be thwarted by the Devil, sin, sinners, or the world but is all-...
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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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How do Jehovah Witnesses come to the conclusion that the Holy Spirit is a force?

If it has been long recognized that three primary attributes of personality are mind, emotion and will. In my mind tho following verses indicate the Holy Spirit fulfills these basic attributes: ...
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In what way does God derive pleasure from us? [closed]

Philippians 2:13: For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. I understand that this question deals with infinite concepts and it's impossible for us to ...
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How did God speak in Genesis? [closed]

In Genesis 1:3 New International Version it is written: And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. Is this a figure of speech or did God actually utter the words "Let there be light" ...
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Is this about 'sehnsucht'; in which case, can God be Pleasure manifest or is he a being who is full of pleasure?

"I have tried since . . . to make every pleasure into a channel of adoration. I don’t mean simply by giving thanks for it. One must of course give thanks, but I meant something different . . . ...
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How is the trinity all God but also distinct? [duplicate]

In an answer to If Jesus is God the Father, did God the father die on the cross when Jesus died? it is pointed out that: to summarize the Trinity: The Father is God The Son is God The Holy Spirit is ...
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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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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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There are some Catholics who disagree that Muslims and Catholics “worship the same God”. What are their arguments that Allah is not God? [duplicate]

The Catholic Church teaches that Muslims [...] adore the one and merciful God. In the first place amongst these there are the Muslims, who, professing to hold the faith of Abraham, along with us ...
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How could a just God design vessels whose only purpose is damnation, as predestination seems to teach? [duplicate]

Romans 9:20–23 (NKJV) But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over ...
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Why did God have to rest? [duplicate]

Why did God have to rest on the seventh day of creation (Genesis 2:1–3), if He only had to say a few commandments on each day? Is not the 'rest' borne out of the fact that God did actively participate ...
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According to Catholic theology, why are there two and only two processions in the Godhead? [duplicate]

Catholics, and to my understanding other Trinitarian Christians, believe and teach what is borne by scripture [cf. Eph 4:4-5] i.e. there One God the Father, One God the Son, and one God the Holy ...
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Why can't God persuade all mankind, in their free-will, to believe in him? [closed]

Jesus, before He was risen to heaven, left the task of evangelism to his disciples and Christians. Since men are fallible and are not all-powerful, they are taught to pray and rely on God in their ...
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Can we truly know anything about God's character? [closed]

I've seen a few people casually write about how they know God's character—the features and traits that make up His person or existence—yet I've always been taught the opposite (that we can't possibly ...
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Would Jesus weep for the souls in Hell?

I was reading about a girl named Angelica, who claimed to have visited Heaven and Hell. I am touched from her testimony that Jesus was weeping when they were visiting Hell. When the Lord weeps, it’...
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How can a non-physical God create a physical universe? [closed]

I was just curious on how God could create a universe of physical matter when God is a non-physical being to begin with. How can a non-physical being create physical matter? Thanks if anyone can ...
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Is the Trinity, particularly Jesus, considered Homoousios in spirit only or also in matter?

Is the Trinity considered Homoousios in spirit only or also in matter? We are taught that matter cannot be created nor destroyed. That would be a problem if Jesus was Homoousios physically.
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God loves everyone… Even dictators? [closed]

God loves all humans, but does his love have limits? Can God love a person like Adolf Hitler, who killed millions of people who believed in him? What about serial murderers? Could God forgive a person ...
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What changed between the Old and New Testaments?

In the Old Testament God meted out his justice through people, or he himself meted out justice immediately through his own hands: All Scripture is quoted from the King James translation. Exodus 19:12 ...
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Does the Bible ever refer to Jesus Christ as “God”? [duplicate]

I believe Jesus Christ is God and that He is also called God in the Bible. Hebrews 1:8 is always my first choice as the proof of this. Heb. 1:8 says, "But unto the Son He saith, 'Thy throne, O ...
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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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If God is all knowing then why didn't he prevent Adam and Eve from sinning? [duplicate]

God in the Christian faith is said to be the all knowing, everlasting God. But if God is all knowing then why didn't he prevent Adam and Eve from eating from the tree of Good and Evil, or perhaps just ...
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The Lds Prophet Joseph Smith wrote, “We believe in God, the eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.”

The Bible also teaches God is eternal. Psalm 90:2, "Before the mountains were born, Or Thou didst give birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou are God." ...
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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 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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How non-trinitarians explain Jacob wrestled with God

I want to know how different churches that does not believe in Jesus diety or pre-existence the verses from the OT: Genesis 32:24-30 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) 24 Jacob was left alone, and a ...
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How does Calvinism explain how an omniscient, omnipotent, and omnibenevolent creator could NOT have a plan for universal salvation?

In the haze of discerning truth and wisdom by the hybrid application of scripture, tradition, philosophy, and experience it seems illogical that a loving creator with perfect and complete knowledge ...
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Why were we created to serve if He is all-powerful?

In Revelation 1:6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father--to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. From the bible we can clearly see that Angels serve ...
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Is God one but multi-instantiated? [closed]

I am stalled at the notion that there is but a single way 'up the mountain'. "No one gets there but by me." However, it seems as though 'me' could be 'any of me.' In the sense that Jesus was (a ...
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What properties does Christianity attribute to God [closed]

What are the claimed properties of God that define Christianity, and what is the basis or reason for each attribution?
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If God is unable to change, why did he (after the Flood)? [closed]

If God is All-Knowing (as I've heard) and unable to change, then why did he change his mind after the Flood? And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again ...