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# Describe how Judaism understands God.
# Describe how Christianity understands God.
# Describe how Islam understands God.
# Now compare and contrast the three. How are these understandings alike? How are they different?
As for all academic papers, this paper will have an Introduction, Body and Conclusion. I located a lot of information to consider for your paper, including one source that is attached, some of which this response is drawn. Your tentative outline for your paper might be:
I. Introduction (Introduce topic, and include a purpose statement: This paper examines how...)
A. How Judaism understands God.
B. How Christianity nderstands God.
C. How Islam understands God.
D. Drawing Comparisons
Now let's look at some information for you to consider for the above tentative outline:
God is the term referring to the Supreme Being, ascribed by many religions to be the creator, ruler and/or the sum total of, existence. However, although the term God is used, conceptions of God vary widely. This paper describes how Judaism, Christianity and Islam understand God, and also looks at similarities and differences across the three Abrahamic religions. (http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/god/id/1895225)
The following sections have plenty of information for you to consider for your paper:
Within the Christianity, the perception and experience of God include such things as the God as a person, God as the Creator, God as the Lord of history, and God as Judge. For example, God, as person, is the "I am who I am" designated in Exodus 3:14. This understanding of God as a person connects God with the personal consciousness of human beings: "The Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend" (Exodus 33:11). God is also viewed as the Creator as depicted in Genesis, which is common to both Islam and Judaism.
Attributes of God
According to Bible, God has some basic personality attributes, including the following:
1. According to Christians, Jesus came to reveal the God of the Bible, and God has revealed Himself in His book, the Bible. Any departure from how the Bible describes God is a made-up or false god. For example, "the Bible says to praise God for who He is, especially in prayer. Much of Psalms is a good example of this. (http://www.allaboutgod.com/attributes-of-god-2.htm)
2. Attributes of God - The Characteristics (Acronym: WISH TO FLOSS JIM EGGO) (the following points are verbatim)
? Wisdom: "Wisdom is the ability to devise perfect ends and to achieve these ends by the most perfect means." In other words, God makes no mistakes. He is the Father who truly knows best, as Paul explains in Romans 11:33: "Oh, how great are God's riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His ways!"
? Infinitude: God knows no boundaries. He is without measure. This attribute by definition impacts all of the others. Since God is infinite, everything else about Him must also be infinite.
? Sovereignty: This is "the attribute by which He rules His entire creation." It is the application of His other attributes of being all-knowing and all-powerful. It makes Him absolutely free to do what He knows to be best. God is in control of everything that happens. Man still has a free will, and is responsible for his choices in life.
? Holiness: This is the attribute that sets God apart from all other created beings. It refers to His majesty and His perfect moral purity. There is absolutely no sin or evil thought in God at all. His holiness is the definition of that which is pure and righteous in all the universe. Wherever God has appeared, such as to Moses at the burning bush, that place becomes holy just for God having been there.
? Trinity: Though the actual word is not used in the Bible, the truth of God revealing Himself in three persons is included. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all called God, given worship as God, exist eternally, and are involved in doing things only God could do. Although, God reveals Himself in three persons, God is One and cannot be divided. All are involved completely whenever One of the Three is active.
? Omniscience: "God possesses perfect knowledge and therefore has no need to learn. God has never learned and cannot learn." Omniscience means all-knowing. God knows everything, and His knowledge is infinite. It is impossible to hide anything from God.
? Faithfulness: Everything that God has promised will come to pass. His faithfulness guarantees this fact. He does not lie. What He has said in the Bible ...
This solution describes how Judaism Christianity and Islam understands God and how they are either similar or different. References are provided. Supplemented with article on Islam.