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Give an Account of the Christian Doctrines of God.

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Give an Account of the Christian Doctrines of God. There are many different Christian doctrines relating to God. The most famous attributes, also believed to be true by Judaism, are the following: Omnipotence, which is the attribute of God being all-powerful or almighty. This is quite a powerful proof in the existence of God, as it states that, should God be omnipotent, as it is believed by the Christian (and Jewish) faiths, then there cannot be any higher deity than Him. Another attribute is that of omniscience, which means all knowing. The reason God must be omniscient, believers feel, is that should He not be, then either he is a flawed God, or there is the possibility of one knowing more than Him. God is also believed to be eternal, or timeless. This may be used as a proof of God as the creator, as if He is eternal, then he would have existed before the Big Bang, which scientists believe, was the point of the creation of the universe. If He did exist before this, it allows the possibility He created the Big Bang, and therefore the universe. ...read more.

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The most obvious of these is that God is suggested as being male ('and He created us in His image'), which is a human quality. The term given to ascribing human qualities to God is known as anthropomorphism. Applying human qualities to God is a very controversial issue, as it would mean He would have to act as a human, removing the idea of transcendence, a major philosophical ideal of God. Also, anthropomorphism can be seemed as a demolition of the idea of the Trinity - God being three persons, not one, as anthropomorphism would suggest. However, to say God is "a person" does not imply anthropomorphic properties to God; instead, it just suggests God is willing to relate to others. Also, the word "person" has changed significantly over time, which means there is a difference between the statement that God is three persons, and, God is a person. Dialogical Personalism can be applied to the idea of a personal God. Instead of a one way 'I-It' relationship between God and man, there is an 'I-Thou' relationship, which essentially is the encounter of two mutually active subjects - in other words, using the example of worship, worship to ...read more.

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This is a problem in itself as it removes the idea of being at more than one place at any one time. If it is taken one step further, however, and anthropomorphic ideals are ascribed to God, then it means God cannot do miracles, be at more than one place at any one time, or in fact acts in any major way in our life. If God is transcendent, however, then it is quite possible for Him to be all-powerful, everywhere at once, or at any time, and it is possible for the idea of God to do miracles. However, if God is above our idea of time and space then it is impossible for Him to act within it - thus removing the idea of a loving God, or one that could actually perform miracles, though the idea is plausible. Overall, therefore, the Christian doctrines of God suggest that it is required that God is a combination of both a personal God as well as being transcendant in order for Him to be able to have a loving relationship to the world, in which it is possible to act, possibly more than one place in time. ...read more.

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