What is god?

  • (noun): A man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people.
    Example: "He was a god among men"
    See also — Additional definitions below


God usually refers to the single deity in monotheism or the monist deity in pantheism. God is often conceived of as the supernatural creator and overseer of humans and the universe. Theologians have ascribed a variety of attributes to the many different conceptions of God. The most common among these include omniscience (infinite knowledge), omnipotence (unlimited power), omnipresence (present everywhere), omnibenevolence (perfect goodness), divine simplicity, and eternal and necessary existence.

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Celtic Mythology - Remnants of Gaulish and Other Mythology
... Along with dedications giving us god names, there are also deity representations to which no name has yet been attached ... Among these are images of a three headed or three faced god, a squatting god, a god with a snake, a god with a wheel, and a horseman with a kneeling giant ... The image of the three headed god has a central concentration among the Belgae, between the Oise, Marne and Moselle rivers ...
Vesta (mythology) - Comparative Interpretation
... The correspondence of Vesta with Vedic god Agni was noted long ago ... epic poem Mahabharata the episodes of Karttikeya, god of war and son of Agni and of Agni and the daughters of Nila bear the same theme of the flames as the sex organ of the god ... appeared among the ashes of the ara of god Vulcanus, by order of Tanaquil wife of king Tarquinius Priscus) and that of the birth of Caeculus, the founder of Praeneste ...
... old man, also thunder), parallel in Estonian mythology to Uku, is the god of the sky, weather, harvest and thunder in Finnish mythology ... Ukko is held the most significant god of Finnish mythology, although it is disputed by scholars whether this is accountable to later Christian influence ... (English Overgod), probably in reference to his status as the most highly regarded god and on the other hand his traditional domain in the heavens ...
Johann Eck - Disputations With Luther and Karlstadt
... compelled by his opponent to modify his position so as to concede that the grace of God and free will work in harmony toward the common end ... to prove that good works are to be ascribed to the agency of God alone, whereupon Eck yielded so far as to admit that free will is passive in the ...
Methodism - Beliefs
... Methodists identify with the Arminian conception of free will, through God's prevenient grace, as opposed to the theological determinism of absolute predestination ... are said to embrace the biblical witness to God's activity in creation, encompass God's gracious self-involvement in the dramas of history, and anticipate the consummation ... questions of faith and seeks to understand God's action and will ...

More definitions of "god":

  • (noun): A material effigy that is worshipped as a god.
    Example: "Money was his god"
    Synonyms: idol, graven image
  • (noun): The supernatural being conceived as the perfect and omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universe; the object of worship in monotheistic religions.
    Synonyms: Supreme Being
  • (noun): Any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force.
    Synonyms: deity, divinity, immortal

Famous quotes containing the word god:

    It is the will of God that we must have critics, and missionaries, and Congressmen, and humorists, and we must bear the burden. Meantime, I seem to have been drifting into criticism myself. But that is nothing. At the worst, criticism is nothing more than a crime, and I am not unused to that.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    I rarely speak about God. To God, yes. I protest against Him. I shout at Him. But to open a discourse about the qualities of God, about the problems that God imposes, theodicy, no. And yet He is there, in silence, in filigree.
    Elie Wiesel (b. 1928)