Tozer said that what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him.
In many translations of the Biblewhen the word LORD is in all capitals, it signifies that the word represents the tetragrammaton.
It means "Wonderful Teacher" in the Punjabi language. Waheguru is also described by some as an experience of ecstasy which is beyond all descriptions. The most common usage of the word "Waheguru" is in the greeting Sikhs use with each other: General conceptions Main article: Conceptions of God There is no clear consensus on the nature or the existence of God.
The dharmic religions differ in their view of the divine: Many polytheistic religions share the idea of a creator deityalthough having a name other than "God" and without all of the other roles attributed to a singular God by monotheistic religions.
Jainism is polytheistic and non-creationist. Depending on one's interpretation and tradition, Buddhism can be conceived as being either atheisticnon-theisticpantheisticpanentheisticor polytheistic. Monotheists hold that there is only one god, and may claim that the one true god is worshiped in different religions under different names.
Islam 's most fundamental concept is tawhid meaning "oneness" or "uniqueness". God is described in the Quran as: In Islam, God is transcendent and does not resemble any of his creations in any way.
Thus, Muslims are not iconodulesand are not expected to visualize God. TheismDeismand One s view of god Theism generally holds that God exists realistically, objectively, and independently of human thought; that God created and sustains everything; that God is omnipotent and eternal; and that God is personal and interacting with the universe through, for example, religious experience and the prayers of humans.
Most theists hold that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and benevolent, although this belief raises questions about God's responsibility for evil and suffering in the world. Some theists ascribe to God a self-conscious or purposeful limiting of omnipotence, omniscience, or benevolence.
Open Theismby contrast, contends that, due to the nature of time, God's omniscience does not mean the deity can predict the future. Theism is sometimes used to refer in general to any belief in a god or gods, i.
God exists, but does not intervene in the world beyond what was necessary to create it. Common in Deism is a belief that God has no interest in humanity and may not even be aware of humanity.
Pandeism combines Deism with Pantheistic beliefs. One such example comes from Dostoevsky 's The Brothers Karamazovin which Ivan Karamazov rejects God on the grounds that he allows children to suffer. The contemporaneous French philosopher Michel Henry has however proposed a phenomenological approach and definition of God as phenomenological essence of Life.
Non-theistic views See also: Evolutionary origin of religions and Evolutionary psychology of religion Non-theist views about God also vary. Some non-theists avoid the concept of God, whilst accepting that it is significant to many; other non-theists understand God as a symbol of human values and aspirations.
The nineteenth-century English atheist Charles Bradlaugh declared that he refused to say "There is no God", because "the word 'God' is to me a sound conveying no clear or distinct affirmation";  he said more specifically that he disbelieved in the Christian god.
Stephen Jay Gould proposed an approach dividing the world of philosophy into what he called " non-overlapping magisteria " NOMA. In this view, questions of the supernaturalsuch as those relating to the existence and nature of God, are non - empirical and are the proper domain of theology.
The methods of science should then be used to answer any empirical question about the natural world, and theology should be used to answer questions about ultimate meaning and moral value. In this view, the perceived lack of any empirical footprint from the magisterium of the supernatural onto natural events makes science the sole player in the natural world.
Both authors claim however, that it is possible to answer these questions purely within the realm of science, and without invoking any divine beings. Anthropomorphism Pascal Boyer argues that while there is a wide array of supernatural concepts found around the world, in general, supernatural beings tend to behave much like people.
The construction of gods and spirits like persons is one of the best known traits of religion. He cites examples from Greek mythologywhich is, in his opinion, more like a modern soap opera than other religious systems.
Sigmund Freud also suggested that god concepts are projections of one's father. In line with this reasoning, psychologist Matt Rossano contends that when humans began living in larger groups, they may have created gods as a means of enforcing morality.
In small groups, morality can be enforced by social forces such as gossip or reputation. However, it is much harder to enforce morality using social forces in much larger groups.
Rossano indicates that by including ever-watchful gods and spirits, humans discovered an effective strategy for restraining selfishness and building more cooperative groups.
Thomas Aquinas summed up five main arguments as proofs for God's existence.It's important how we view God, because that will determine how we view life.
Let me take it a step further: our view of God will dictate how we live. It will determine the decisions we make. By Marilyn Adamson PDF Listen.
Just once wouldn't you love for someone to simply show you the evidence for God's existence? No arm-twisting. No statements of, "You just have to believe.". Ann Voskamp is a writer with DaySpring (a division of Hallmark), a contributing editor to Laity Lodge’s The High Calling, and a global advocate for the poor, traveling for Compassion International.
The Eight Views of God. If you step back and look at how man has viewed God through history, you can see it comes down to 8 different views of God.
Many of these views are no longer held by the majority of people today. Today the dominant view is the one held by the major religions Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
Monotheism has been defined as the belief in the existence of only one god that created the world, is all-powerful and intervenes in the world. A broader definition of monotheism is the belief in one god.
A distinction may be made between exclusive monotheism, and both inclusive monotheism and pluriform (panentheistic) monotheism which, while recognising various distinct gods, postulate some.