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Chapter 3 God - is God all-powerful omnipotent Is God...

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Chapter 3 God I am the sacrifice! I am the Prayer! . . . I am the Father, Mother, Ancestor and the Guard! The end of learning! That which purifies I am …the Way, the Lord, the Judge, The Witness, the Abode, the Refuge… Death I am, and immortal life…I am visible life and life invisible. – Bhagavad Gita 9:16-19 OPENING QUESTIONS p. 65 1. Do you believe in God? If your anwer I yes, you are a theist (no matter what particular conception of God you believe in). If your answer is no, you are an atheist . If you say, “I don’t know,” you are an agonstic . 2. What are the most prominent features of God? (This question is just as important if you are an agnostic or an atheist; it is important to know what it is you don’t believe in or don’t know; perhaps you don’t believe in a fatherly God who looks after us but do believe in some vital forces or “prime mover” that got the universe going in the first place, for example):
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Unformatted text preview: is God all-powerful ( omnipotent) ? Is God all-knowing (omniscient) ? Did God create the universe? Does God care about human beings? Does God have emotions? If so, which ones: love, jealousy, anger (wrath), Hatred, vengeance, mercy, and others. Is God distinct and separate from the world he created? Is God, knowable to us? Can God take or has God ever taken human form? 3. Why do you believe in God? Or why don’t you? BELIEVING IN GOD p. 66 In most western philosophies, the belief or non-belief in God is one of the most important single concepts. The book of Job, in which God allows all sorts of misfortune to afflict a completely innocent man, makes this point powerfully, and the Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard used it to prove that “the absurd” – far from leading to atheism – is the premise of true faith in God....
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