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Describe and Analyse in Detail the Attributes Associated with the Judaic and Christian Concept of God

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Describe and Analyse in Detail the Attributes Associated with the Judaic and Christian Concept of God There are many similar attributes associated with the Judaic and Christian concept of God, many of which I will analyse and explain philosophical problems faced with these attributes. This concept of God is very often described as 'transcendent' - which suggests a God who is apart and separated from the universe. This indicates God is impersonal and is not close to individuals, only affecting people as a whole. This challenges the concept of God being 'omnipresent' as an all present God would be everywhere: not just transcendent. Another widely accepted attribute of God is that he is 'immanent', which by definition means personal and close which is almost the complete opposite to 'transcendent'. This suggests a flawed contradiction in the Christian and Judaic concept of God. Again, an omnipresent God would not be immanent, as he is everywhere. ...read more.

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Not living a good life can result in spending eternity in hell - so an all-loving God would surely give the most un-ambiguous message possible to make sure the people he loves do not end up in hell? Looking at the idea of freewill, maybe God is purposely equivocal as he wants humans to make a freewill choice to search for the truth or not. God might want to give possibly misleading instructions for people to work out and to search for a deeper meaning within. God is often called forgiving, as he loves and forgives those for their sins. God forgives but still punishes. This challenges the idea of eternal hell, as those in hell would be forgiven by a God with a loving and forgiving character. A popular story within Christian religion is the story of Lucifer, who betrayed God and became Satan the devil. ...read more.

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as evil and suffering would be stopped if God knew about it. On the other hand maybe evil and suffering are not works of God and cannot be stopped by God, because really evil is just the absence of God within people's choices - just like darkness is the absence of light and cold is the absence of hot. On the other hand people might say an all-powerful God could use his power to prevent this absence of God within people. But again, this could be argued by the concept of free-will and that God does not want to intervene with the choices people make. All in all, I think so many of the Judaic and Christian attributes of God can be contradictory and not seem to make sense. Many attributes are opinionated and interpreted in different ways. I think people should decide for themselves the character of God and His attributes. ...read more.

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