Thereare diverse views concerning the nature of God. According to Weaver,there are different viewpoints concerning God among various societies(2015). Therefore, beliefs about deity vary across religions. Theessay tries to elucidate on the nature of God based on differentreligions.
Firstly,Hindus believe that there is a god and as a result believe in onetrue god by the name Brahman. They also believe in the supremespirit. However, Brahman occupies the whole universe and has manyforms. Similarly, Hindus symbolize their god using Aum or Om. Thethree primary aspects of Brahman are “Shiva the Destroyer, Vishnuthe preserver, and Brahma, the creator” (Maoz & Henderson,2013). However, there are other lesser gods in Hinduism.
Onthe other hand, Jainism believes that the universe and all otherentities and substances are eternal without an end or beginning. Theyalso believe that the universe exists by itself and all thesubstances modify and change their forms, every day. They believethat nothing is created or destroyed and thus there is one point foran individual to manage or create affairs of the universe. HenceJainism does not believe in God as the destroyer, survivor, orcreator. Jainism gods are numerable since they do not believe in onegod and the number continues to increase.
Buddhistsdo not believe in the idea of a personal God and thus reject the ideathat God operates the universe. Nonetheless, they believe in thenotion of God in response to frustration or fear (Maoz &Henderson, 2013). Additionally, the Sinto worship their God by thename of Kami which means spirits, elements of forces of nature, orlandscape. Kami can respond to human prayers and are close to humanbeings. There are 8 million kami gods. Consequently, Judaism believesin a single idea of a unified and perfect God that is the creator ofeverything. The Jewish religion came up as a result of relation tothis God. Presently, the Jewish culture of God remains the same.Islam believes that God is Allah, meaning oneness. They also believethere is one God and therefore emphasize on cohesion. Allah isomniscient, has no partners, omnipotent and can do all things, and heis the God of all humankind and all the time.
TheGranth point out that God has no gender and is indescribable.However, the Granth asserts that God signifies oneness (Maoz &Henderson, 2013). Subsequently, the new age movement has many spheresand divisions but is a collection of thought systems, hopes, aconglomeration of theologies. It is a theology of feel good. The NewAge movement is a theological spread that God cannot reveal himself.
Finally,Christianity believes in eternal God who created the universe and allthings within the universe. Christians believe that God isindependent and that he does not value material wealth. However,Christians believe that God’s divine nature was united to humanthrough Jesus Christ. Consequently, the Roman Catholic Church does alot within the society. I am a full-time member of the CatholicChurch, and I can attest that the Catholic Church does manyactivities to the community. According to McQuillan and Park, theCatholic Church has contributed significantly to the lives of thelocal community (2017).
Sincethe establishment of a Catholic church within my local area, thechurch has made a significant impact on the community aroundmanifesting Christ’s kingdom of life and truth, love, peace, andjustice. I have learned so much about the nature of God, andpresently I teach my community about the presence and nature of God,and now many community members are aware that God exists.
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