27 Facts About God


In monotheistic thought, God is usually viewed as the supreme being, creator, and principal object of faith.

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God is usually conceived of as being omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnibenevolent, as well as having an eternal and necessary existence.

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God is most often held to be incorporeal, with said characteristic being related to conceptions of transcendence or immanence.

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In pantheism, God is the universe itself, while in panentheism, the universe is part of God.

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God has been conceived as the source of all moral obligation, and the "greatest conceivable existent".

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God is referred to by different names depending on the language and cultural tradition with titles sometimes used referring to God's attributes.

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The Germanic words for God were originally neuter—applying to both genders—but during the process of the Christianization of the Germanic peoples from their indigenous Germanic paganism, the words became a masculine syntactic form.

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Theism holds that God is both transcendent and immanent; thus, God is simultaneously infinite and, in some way, present in the affairs of the world.

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Catholic theology holds that God is infinitely simple and is not involuntarily subject to time.

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Deism holds that God is wholly transcendent: God exists, but does not intervene in the world beyond what was necessary to create it.

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Pandeism is proposed to explain as to Deism why God would create a universe and then abandon it, and as to Pantheism, the origin and purpose of the universe.

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Dystheism, which is related to theodicy, is a form of theism which holds that God is either not wholly good or is fully malevolent as a consequence of the problem of evil.

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God has been conceived as being incorporeal, a personal being, the source of all moral obligation, and the "greatest conceivable existent".

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Some non-theists avoid the concept of God, whilst accepting that it is significant to many; other non-theists understand God as a symbol of human values and aspirations.

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God cites examples from Greek mythology, which is, in his opinion, more like a modern soap opera than other religious systems.

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Arguments about the existence of God typically include empirical, deductive, and inductive types.

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God's proof for the existence of God was a variation of the Ontological argument.

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Some theologians, such as the scientist and theologian Alister McGrath, argue that the existence of God is not a question that can be answered using the scientific method.

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Some findings in the fields of cosmology, evolutionary biology and neuroscience are interpreted by some atheists as evidence that God is an imaginary entity only, with no basis in reality.

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For example, a hadith states God would replace a sinless people with one who sinned but still asked repentance.

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Sacrifice for the sake of God is another act of devotion that includes fasting and almsgiving.

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Some theists agree that only some of the arguments for God's existence are compelling, but argue that faith is not a product of reason, but requires risk.

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That the Bible "includes many different images, concepts, and ways of thinking about" God has resulted in perpetual "disagreements about how God is to be conceived and understood".

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God is described and referred in the Quran and hadith by certain names or attributes, the most common being Al-Rahman, meaning "Most Compassionate" and Al-Rahim, meaning "Most Merciful".

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The traditional view, elaborated by figures such as Maimonides, reckons that God is wholly incomprehensible and therefore impossible to envision, resulting in a historical tradition of "divine incorporeality".

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In Islam, Muslims believe that God is beyond all comprehension and equal, and does not resemble any of his creations in any way.

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Theologians of theistic personalism argue that God is most generally the ground of all being, immanent in and transcendent over the whole world of reality, with immanence and transcendence being the contrapletes of personality.

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