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According to the Catholic Church, why is God called “Father” (and not, say, “Mother”)?

The short answer is that, from the Catholic Church’s perspective, God did not merely choose to reveal Himself as Father. Rather, He is Father by nature, in two respects: through the eternal generation ...
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The Mormon Church teaches that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son. How do you reconcile this when the Bible says the Father cannot be seen?

To get this out of the way first, yes Joseph Smith indeed claims to have seen God the Father, and Jesus Christ, in what is called the First Vision: Joseph Smith—History 1:17 17 [...] When the light ...
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(Jehovah's Witnesses) What reason(s) is there to actually love God?

In case you are not aware, Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in hell as a place of punishment. They say hell is merely the grave and that there is no conscious awareness for the dead. So, the ...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

I think you have rebutted the argument quite nicely in the body of your question but I will add a little to back up what you've said: but we have to take into consideration that we, humans, tend to ...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

God tackled this argument head on by inspiring Solomon to write the book of Ecclesiastes. "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!" It demolishes many sources of meaning that people turn to which ...
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When Christians say "the Lord" in everyday speech, do they mean Jesus or the Father?

For most Christians "The Lord" or "Lord" will usually mean either God the Father or Jesus. Sometimes they may mean the Holy Spirit or just "God", meaning (for ...
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Is there Biblical evidence that shows that God developed during the New Testament due to becoming human?

Answering from Catholic and traditional Protestant (5 solas) perspective (both adhere to the Holy Trinity and the Chalcedonian Creed): The Chalcedonian Creed emphasised that the union of the dual ...
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(Jehovah's Witnesses) What reason(s) is there to actually love God?

A long answer: Imagine someone gives you a huge plot of land, with enough resources to build a house, houses, gardens, basically everything to sustain, and have a happy life. You work hard, build your ...
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What evidence is there that God as father was a common concept for Jesus's first century Jewish audience?

The concept of God as Father to the nation of Israel was not new when Jesus spoke of that in, for example, Matthew 6:9 where he instructed prayer to God to be addressed, "Our Father who is in ...
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Jesus says, that God the Father is a Spirit AND Paul says there is one (1) Spirit. How do trinitarians understand who or what the Holy Spirit is?

Trinitarians understand God to be three persons. Simply put, Trinitarians understand God to be three persons (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) with one nature. The Father is God, the Son is ...
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On Images of God the Father According to Catholicism?

On images of God the Father according to Catholicism? Is there anything in Catholic doctrine which prohibits or restricts displaying an image in the "likeness" of God the Father? The short ...
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When Christians say "the Lord" in everyday speech, do they mean Jesus or the Father?

Seventh Day Adventist Christians - hold the Trinitarian view (I speak from that perspective because it is what I am most familiar with) that where the term Lord is used on its own, which one ...
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According to Trinitarianism, is Jesus God Almighty?

Is it appropriate to ascribe the title "Almighty" to Jesus Christ? Most certainly. Christ Himself declares "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who ...
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According to Trinitarians, were/are some Jews Trinitarians? Who is this "Father" - the Creator spoken of throughout the Old Testament?

The verse quoted in Malachi specifically refers to God creating. The sense of 'father' in this specific verse is his fatherly attitude towards the creatures he created. This thought is common ...
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According to the Trinitarian interpretation of John 17:3, if Jesus's God and Father is the 1 True God, what type of god is Jesus?

The Athanasiun creed states it rather nice, in my opinion, almost poetic in its wording, and correct in at least my (catholic) faith: And the Catholic faith is this: that we worship one God in ...
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What planet do Mormons think God the Father was born on?

LDS believe in Worlds Without Number, and that the Earth has been patterned after other worlds. This is not the first time a world has been created for people to dwell on and face trials, and it will ...
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How do Trinitarians explain James 1:17, John 4:24 and John 17:3?

I don’t think Trinitarians feel that there is anything needed to refute in the verses you have raised (or in any Bible verses) because when you do not refuse that more than one person can exist in a ...
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What pronouns make most sense when referencing the Trinity?

The doctrine of the Trinity means that there is one God subsisting in 3 Persons. God is not 3 beings (tritheism) nor are Father, Son and Holy Spirit descriptions of mode/role (modalism) where there is ...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

I would suggest rebutting the argument by turning it on its head: Giving one's life meaning is a perfectly legitimate reason to choose to believe in God. Indeed, the first great Existentialist ...
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What are rebuttals to the argument that Christians only worship God to give their lives meaning?

This argument is a classic example of a logical fallacy known as Bulverism (or "circumstantial ad hominem"). Quite simply, the argument has no relevance whatsoever to the question of God's ...
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What role does the Holy Ghost fill that the Father can't?

Regarding the mission (missio = a sending) of the the Divine Persons, The Father cannot be sent:Summa Theologica I q. 43 a. 4 co.:The very idea of mission means procession from another, and in God it ...
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According to Trinitarianism, is Jesus God Almighty?

Some notes I pulled up Clement of Rome (~70A.D.) "... For, as God lives, and as the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost live.." Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna (Direct disciple of St. John the ...
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When Christians say "the Lord" in everyday speech, do they mean Jesus or the Father?

The use of the word Lord for Jesus in the Bible comes from the Greek Kyrie. The wiki for Kyrie has a good write-up about where it's used in the Gospels. And there's a good reason to be confused about ...
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In what way(s) is God the Father a father to God the Son? And in what way(s) is God the Son a son?

. . . . . . . 'in what sense' . . . . . ? Note after question edit : The 'way' is the same as 'sense'. The words 'Father' and 'Son' mean something to them that believe in God. But the concept is not ...
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What role does the Holy Ghost fill that the Father can't?

A problem when trying to grapple with questions like this is the way our word ‘persons’ is not really what the original language meaning was. But I don’t want to delve into that as you are ...
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What is the Biblical basis for accepting Feminist Christian Theology which says we should use female pronouns for God?

In doing research for this post, I came across a fascinating reference from C.S. Lewis. It appears to be something that he said following his 1948 article on "Priestesses in the Church?" ...
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According to Trinitarianism, is Jesus God Almighty?

I have been studying Luke 1 and the message of God to Mary through the angel Gabriel about the son she was to bear. If the language of verse 31 did not make it clear, as Isaiah 7:14 should have been ...
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