Who is God, and how does he relate to the Bible?
God is usually a word used to describe the supreme being in monotheistic religions like Christianity, Judaism, and Islam (where Allah is more common, but synonymous). God is often portrayed as omniscient, meaning he knows all, and omnipotent, meaning all-powerful. He apparently lives forever and is the reason why life exists on Earth.
Within the Bible's book of Genesis, God was said to have created the Earth in 6 days. He's also found throughout the Bible offering special advice to certain people only. Moses, for example, received God's Ten Commandments, and brought them to the people from Mt. Sinai.
God and Jesus Christ
Christianity claims that God is said to have a son, Jesus, who was born of the Virgin Mary and the town of Nazareth. Jesus is found in the New Testament of the Bible and was sent by God to save us. Christians see God as much more than just a name. God is the Father, Jesus Christ is his son, and the Holy Spirit who together make the Trinity.
Different Names For God
Over time God has gone by many different names, similar to Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Here are just a few examples:
- God the Father
- God the Son
- Heavenly Father
- Father in Heaven
- Supreme Being
God resides in heaven, and those who follow him will meet him there for all of eternity. The Bible references Heaven as a place where there will be houses to build, plants to eat, and vineyards to drink from (Isaiah 65:21).
God in Islam
Islam refers to their god as "Allah". It is often said that the Quran, the holy book of Islam, encourages killing those who do not give themselves up to Allah. The common translation reads "kill the infidels where you find them". However you pick apart the details, whether it's infidels, polytheists, or whatever else, you can't quite get away from the explicit instruction to kill someone. This doesn't create a very 'loving' impression of Allah.
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