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There is No Way of Knowing What God is like

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There is No Way of Knowing What God is like. There is a lot of uncertainty over God's existence and his personality. Many different religions believe in different Gods and some believe in more than 1 God. For those religions with more than 1 God I think it is easier to understand and place God's personality because each different God has a different personality and has influence in different situations. For example, Hinduism has Brahman as an overall God but also has Ganesha, Hanuman, Shiva, and many others. Brahma is the Creator, Vishnu is the Preserver and Shiva is the Destroyer. Therefore Brahma can't be held responsible for destruction and suffering as that is Shiva's responsibility. If there is a different God for each aspect of life, then there is no need to question personality, as every personality would be represented in one God or another. However, in Christianity there is only one God, which presents many problems with personality, because whilst in Hinduism there is a Creator and a Destroyer, it wouldn't make sense for one god to be both of these because why would he destroy something he created. ...read more.


However, some question this as there is evil in the world, and God can't stop it. Omniscience means God is all-knowing. In the Bible, it says that God knows everything about his creation, and he knows every individual, their good and bad deeds and he knows the past and future. He uses this knowledge to decide who goes to Hell and who goes to Heaven and decide peoples' fates and destinies. Some people believe that the Holy Trinity represents each different viewpoint God has. The Father is outside time and looks down from above. The Son looks at us from the point of view of another human. He is in time. The Holy Ghost looks within us and sees our true selves. Omnipresence means God is everywhere. This can be reassuring because you can turn to God wherever you are, and feel his constant guidance and protection. It also shows God is unlimited and unconfined. Omnibenevolence means God is all-loving. Therefore there is always someone who cares and understands. God is loving, caring, understanding, forgiving, fatherly and kind. ...read more.


Immanence means God is within all. Creator means God created everything. Inconsistencies include Transcendence and Immanence - how can God be both within and above all, and Omniscience, Omnipotence, and Omnibenevolence - how can he be all-loving when there is evil in the world, and how can he be all-powerful if he can't stop the evil and how can he be all-knowing if he doesn't know about the evil. I think that God really has all the qualities he needs, and whether or not we see them, that's our problem and it depends on how we see God. I believe in the Holy Trinity and that each form of God has a different perspective on our lives, but I also believe in God just being one, and having all the fatherly qualities. As for the suffering, I believe that like a father, he would punish us, but he would also give us free will and trust us, but we misuse this gift and therefore cause some of the suffering ourselves. I believe that God is omnibenevolent because he made us, sent his only son to save us, and created a home for us to live in - the world, which would be doing an awful lot for those you don't love. ...read more.

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