Defining God in one word

Huffington Post Religion decided to conduct a little experiment. They asked readers to define God in just one word.

It was a challenge that gained more than 2,200 responses on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Huff Post has been combing through these answers for the most popular words, and came up with a list that represents a few different perspectives — everything from God is “fiction” to God is “faith.”

Despite their diverse religious backgrounds, it was pretty clear what word came to mind most often when readers thought about God: See the rest here

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-is-god-in-one-word_55ce2555e4b07addcb42db58?utm_hp_ref=religion&kvcommref=mostpopular&section=australia&adsSiteOverride=au

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17 thoughts on “Defining God in one word

  1. An exercise of value, to decide what word suits best. The perfect word can’t exist, I think. We knowGod is love, but not only love. We know God is mystery, but so much more. It appears we know God is masculine, though I don’t know why!

    Though one word is limiting, we might try to think of the least limiting. Omniescent? But even more than that.

    Also involved is our concept of what God is. We are assured he is a Person. At least a Spirit. But a spirit can be either a person or not, as in ‘the spirit of good will’. What if God is a system? Perhaps even a government?

    Yes, I relate to a Person, but to me this has to be on a personal basis, my Guardian and my Guide, and it is beyond me to think of this Person as the Creator of the universe. To me this is Someone doing God’s will.

    Perhaps the one word I could use for God is ‘Unknowable.’

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      • It’s a very interesting exercise. If we go back to our Jewish brothers, I think we would most likely get the definitive term in one word. and that is

        HOLY.

        It is a word that is largely misunderstood among Christians. But as it was explained to me by my Jewish scholar friend, and as confirmed by other Jewish writings, it tends to mean as far as language can be translated…

        OTHER.

        Probably not a very satisfying word to Christians, but would need a great deal of thinking and meditation to get to where it is intended. Again another suggested word which has been largely misunderstood by popular usage is

        TABOO.

        To quote some mystic I read about once, he said “Why prate thee about God? Whatever thou sayest about him is untrue.” Needs thinking about. Presumably not a Christian view, but certainly a very respectful view, one would think.

        Anyway there’s my two bobs worth,
        Rian.

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  2. Somethings we know;

    God is unique

    Yahweh, He is God; there is no other besides Him.” Deuteronomy 4:35

    Yes God is a mystery

    “No one has seen God at any time” (John 1:18).

    God is loving but God does get angry.

    Psalm 145:8
    The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.

    God claims all authority

    Exodus 20:3
    “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

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    • there you go again Dom, selectively quoting looks intellectually disingenuous when you won’t/ refuse to say which bits of Jesus’ life didn’t happen.

      so you remain the great taqiyya pretender

      Jesus, and you must reject this, said, if you have seen me you have seen the father/ YHWH, YaH,

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    • And ‘all’ would include evil?
      ” I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things.”
      —Isaiah 45:7
      – See more at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/daylightatheism/2007/01/little-known-bible-verses-v-god-creates-evil/#sthash.tZPY70lu.dpuf

      There are people I believe who count Satan as still serving God’s purpose, tempting and testing, as part of life’s lessons. It is through failure we learn to do better

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      • Yes Strewth,

        That’s the first thing I thought of when I posted.

        My dilemma is, that if God is truly GOOD, which I know Him to be, then if ‘evil’ is found to be in Him, then He’s not really good, is He? So my ‘theology’ stops me from accepting that God created evil. So….how can I say that God is “all” if I do not believe He created evil?

        Perhaps evil was always there. Or, perhaps when we turn away from the atmosphere or realm of Light, evil results? I dunno. All I know is that “For in Him we live and move and have our being”

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      • I agree, if we discount Satan, as perhaps we should. I was taught that God doesn’t create evil, but when it occurs He can turn it to good use. For us to create evil just so God can turn it to good is distorting His system.

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    • Interesting that Rian’s suggestion of ‘holy’ derives from ‘whole’, or ‘all’, which Monica suggested!. Holy I believe also means ‘sacred’.

      Another single word would be ‘divine’.

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      • the English word ‘holy’ is an attempt of course to translate the Hebrew word used in the Scriptures. As so often happens when you translate a difficult or obscure word from one language into another, you just cant help but put some new spin on its meaning.

        Christianity brought a brand new concept of the God to religion, that made the Deity appear more personable and directly knowable through the concept of the Trinity. So that Jewish term that meant ‘other’ is thus rather inapprpriate to the Christian Trinity; and our word ‘holy’ whatever it meant or means to us, is simply not the same, and cant carry the same idea.

        Cheers, Rian

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      • The great religions of the world perceive a God who is real, alive and personal; a God who has manifested a real, physical, tangible presence within actual history.

        So why don’t we all acknowledge that sort of experience?

        Writer and theologian Karl Rahner said God wasn’t hidden. We just don’t have the eyes to see God because our eyes aren’t attuned to that kind of reality.

        We struggle with doubt because we can’t picture God’s existence, imagine God’s reality or feel God’s presence in normal ways. Our hearts and imaginations simply can’t conceive of a God beyond the physical and all that we can see, touch, taste, smell and feel in the normal way.

        Believers say God is not just at the basis of morality and spirituality, but also in the physical. God is the basis of physics, biology, chemistry and cosmology.

        Unfortunately, our society has gradually desensitised the genetic ability to see and understand that extraordinary notion. The images and soundtrack of modern life tend to assault and dull the senses rather than illuminate the sacred possibilities.

        The apostle Paul said we should not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. If we want to experience reality, we must deal with the truth and respond.

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