Evaluation of the Terms Used B. The light of the knowledge of God's glory in the face of Jesus Christ was, as they said, "of God and not from ourselves" (II Cor. in India alone, there are 33 crore God and Goddesses whom the Hindus worship. BiblicalTraining.org | God reveals Himself not only in His names, but also in His attributes, that is, in the perfections of the divine Being. 0000000636 00000 n He has power over all creation and controls nature. For the shields of the earth belong to God; He is greatly exalted. The Shona used many metaphors for EXPLANATION AND SCRIPTURAL BASIS A. 0 Revelation can be link… 0000002309 00000 n Our proper response to Him is to fall down in fear and awe of the One who possesses all authority. The New Testament epistles are filled with the Trinitarian concept of God: In 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, spiritual gifts are administered by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Existence of God, in religion, the proposition that there is a supreme being that is the creator or sustainer or ruler of the universe and all things in it, including human beings. First, there 0000001053 00000 n This chapter will explore several conceptions of God/Ultimate Reality. It has been pointed out that a fundamental requirement in expounding the Word of God is the need of preserving the balance of truth. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, Volume 3, Issue 2, February 2013 1 ISSN 2250-3153 www.ijsrp.org A comparative study of the concept of God in Hinduism and Islam Abid Mushtaq Wani Abstract: In this research paper we will discuss the concept of God in Hinduism and Islam, the two major world religions. These two traditions have dissimilar conceptualisations. To walk with God is to walk by faith. �ꇆ��n���Q�t�}MA�0�al������S�x ��k�&�^���>�0|>_�'��,�G! The concept of God, divinities and spirits in African traditional religious ontology has been so misunderstood by many scholars to the point of seeing Africans as people who did not know the Supreme Being nor worship Him. The following are four of the many ways He is beyond "The Concept of God is an excellent treatment of an increasingly critical issue in philosophical theology. 0000003768 00000 n n�3ܣ�k�Gݯz=��[=��=�B�0FX'�+������t���G�,�}���/���Hh8�m�W�2p[����AiA��N�#8$X�?�A�KHI�{!7�. There are a variety of ideas, linked with the God concept, such as pantheism, idolatry, belief in a formless God, and belief in many Gods and Goddesses. The concept spans conceptions from absolute monism to henotheism, monotheism and polytheism. In Him word and idea are indivisible. The attributes of God are specific characteristics of God discussed in Christian theology. Resounding throughout the pages of Scripture is the proclamation that God is King. The attributes of God are in detail in chapter six according to their beliefs and later that of foreigners. The concept of God in A level philosophy is the concept of God as understood by the three main monotheistic religions – Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Method of determining the attributes of God C. Suggested Divisions of the Attributes VI. 0000003810 00000 n That’s why in addition to the other metaphysical qualities the attributes like infinity, eternity, permanency etc. "F$H:R��!z��F�Qd?r9�\A&�G���rQ��h������E��]�a�4z�Bg�����E#H �*B=��0H�I��p�p�0MxJ$�D1��D, V���ĭ����KĻ�Y�dE�"E��I2���E�B�G��t�4MzN�����r!YK� ���?%_&�#���(��0J:EAi��Q�(�()ӔWT6U@���P+���!�~��m���D�e�Դ�!��h�Ӧh/��']B/����ҏӿ�?a0n�hF!��X���8����܌k�c&5S�����6�l��Ia�2c�K�M�A�!�E�#��ƒ�d�V��(�k��e���l ����}�}�C�q�9 Tozer in his classic book on the attributes of God, The Knowledge of the Holy. The Reformers, for example, depended heavily on revelation because of their conviction that the human mind is darkened by corruption and therefore is inadequate to shape concepts of God. This is only one study out of over 100 in depth lectures by Dr Johnson on Systematic Theology including studies of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Spirit, Prayer, Salvation, etc. In more theologically oriented thinkers, the assumption that God is a perfect being serves not to formulate the concept of God but only to fill in what is given in revelation. In order to focus on a specific debate about the existence of God, we will focus on a more common notion, concept or idea of God. (xi) God is immanent because He is not limited to space and time. Incommunicable attributes belong to God alone, where communicable attributes can be shared by humans. 1. }�`p�;N�4\����Ӄ�[.����m)��Ի�Л�W��o�^��H�`�>�F����|mE�Q����u\U�ؓ/�Q��R�2A�������M��'"0�n�o��KT���OiѲ���S��O� �5 Of the former there are no traces in the creature; of the latter there are. In Mbiti’s theology, negative attributes of the African God, which are irreconcilable with the God of the Bible, are not critically evaluated, and the concept of the Trinity is not articulated. “And the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” We may speak because God spoke. Paul Tillich believed that the essence of religious attitudes is“ultimate concern.” Ultimate concern is“total.” Its object is experienced as numinous or holy,distinct from all profane and ordinary realities. God, being infinite, must possess attributes about which we can know. As such, it demands total surrender and promises totalfulfillment. Tozer (1994:11) famously suggests that “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us”. With characteristic clarity and forthrightness, Dr. Nash judiciously evaluates competing conceptions of deity, and in the end recommends an understanding of God that is both theologically sound and philosophically acceptable." He is immortal and lives forever. The former are attributes that God and man can share in common, the latter attributes that they do not share. Reported experiences of God are remarkably varied and have produced equally varied concepts of the divine being. Some of God’s incommunicable attributes include his: 1. trailer x�bb�f`b``� � +� � These are: 1. God's Attributes If the Creator is Eternal and Everlasting, then His attributes must also be eternal and everlasting. This paper is an appraisal of the Shona religion as a monotheism that plays an integral role in the lives of the shona society. The Moral Attributes of God Introduction: The moral attributes of God are those which are relative to man, i.e. The Ninety Nine Attributes of Allah Unity of Allah (Tawhid) How to Supplicate to Allah Allah The Concept of God in Islam(a selection) Yasin T. al-Jibouri Published by: Ansariyan Publications No. 8:2-3) God can only be known as the Son reveals Him (John 1:18; Matt. With this we are in hearty accord. An attribute is a different perspective, a different glance of who God is in His basic nature. ( click for this extensive list ) African Traditional Concept of God: A Critical Analysis Gikuyu, the Zulu and the Bambuti groups. (iv) God is the creator of the universe and everything in it. study and devotion and everything, I realized that is not a true concept. In many religions God is also conceived as perfect, all-powerful and all-knowing, and the source and ultimate ground of morality. In Mbiti’s theology, negative attributes of the African God, which are irreconcilable with the God of the Bible, are not critically evaluated, and the concept of the Trinity is not articulated. What are the attributes of God? ñV—‡2"¡ñJÌBÓ5�N�A6ÙLÙ�Al[CC0•É´5Œ‹0¼Üv–v7—G$ÜqLí\:ëÔwñïêß{Ï9ßï|¿ß÷;g™?íà"4îUNÀoarÙ3“Š¬¬�À$]™ÆŒ×rwGÍ–ñånª¬|߂㩤9ğ•3|Üsé®xå’Ğ•ê/ʽ¤æ1‚. [2] perfect What are God's perfections? In a biological sense, The Herero say that ‘God has no father and is not a man and does not even eat at all’.15 The Gikuyu believe that God has, ‘‘No father nor mother, nor wife nor children; He is all alone He is neither a child nor an old man; y This distinction is very important. He has no physical form and is invisible. (x) God is everywhere (omnipresent). (i) God is a Spirit. Tozer in his classic book on the attributes of God, The Knowledge of the Holy. This paper is an appraisal of the Shona religion as a monotheism that plays an integral role in the lives of the shona society. 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