noun: god; plural noun: gods;
- 1. (in Christianity and other monotheistic religions) the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being.
- 2. specifically God in Christianity as described in Bible and practiced by christian churches
- 3. supreme spiritual being whose properties are not known or mysterious
- 4. supreme spiritual being, creator of the universe who does not intervene in the universe after initial creation moment.
- 5. (in certain other religions) a superhuman being or spirit worshiped as having power over nature or human fortunes; a deity.
- 6. a symbol representing the universe, universal laws, unity or similar ideas.
God is powerful spiritual being in most religions. Each religion or even denomination inside religion interprets it slightly differently. That's why there is a number of term definitions listed above.
More context for each definition:
- God has created the universe and acts in it. Religion is not specified, but it must be a monotheistic religion.
- God has created the universe and acts in it. This is specifically God of Christianity, as described in Bible, and interpreted by specific denomination or person.
- God, whose nature is not known. It's unknown whether it created the universe, and whether or how it acts in it. This definition usually used in theological debates to provide an example of God concept that escapes problems with certain Gods properties assigned by other definitions. Agnosticism defines a God as a supreme being whose nature is not known currently or even not knowable at all.
- God has created the universe but doesn't act in it. Usually believed by supporters of deism philosophy.
- God might have created the universe or not, usually acts in it. This usually a god of polytheistic religion. Usually the term is written in lower case - "god".
- God concept is used purely symbolically. It represents general ideas of universe, universal laws, unity, etc.
Last updated on 11/9/2020