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English citations of God

Proper noun: a deity[edit]

a deity of one or more religions, doctrines or beliefs[edit]

the deity of Abrahamic religions, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam[edit]
the deity of Hinduism[edit]
  • 1998, Swami Ramdas, Susunaga Weeraperuma, Servant of God: sayings of a self-realised sage Swami Ramdas, illustrated edition, Motilal Banarsidass Publ., ISBN 9788120813281, page 32:
    Bhakti is the adoration of God, who dwells in his own heart and fills the universe, and surrender of all his actions to Him.
the deity of Sikhism[edit]

a deity, in comparison with other deities.[edit]

the single deity, especially according to various monotheistic religions[edit]
the single male deity, especially according to various duotheistic religions[edit]

a deity with bodily characteristics[edit]

a deity with human-like appearance[edit]
  • 2005, Bob Ekblad, Reading the Bible with the damned, Westminster John Knox Press, ISBN 9780664229177, page 22:
    If God made us all in his image and likeness, then God looks like people of every race, old and young, man and woman.
a deity without any distinction of gender, or beyond that distinction[edit]
  • 2003, Hennie J. Marsman, Women in Ugarit and Israel: their social and religious position in the context of the ancient Near East, BRILL, ISBN 9789004117327, page 227:
    Johannes de Moor has argued convincingly that the Priestly writer assumed the first human being was androgynous, both male and female, like God him/herself.
  • 2011, Adrian Thatcher, God, Sex, and Gender: An Introduction, John Wiley and Sons, ISBN 9781444396379, page 75:
    God is beyond the distinction between male and female.

a deity that knows something[edit]

an omniscient deity; a deity that knows everything[edit]
a deity that knows, at least, what people know[edit]
  • 2002, Diane P. Robertson, Tears from heaven, voices from hell: the pros and cons of the death penalty as seen through the eyes of the victims of violent crime and death row inmates throughout America, iUniverse, ISBN 9780595215720, page 126:
    Only God and me and my son knows how much I love and miss him, [...]
  • 2010, Geri Scazzero, I Quit!: Stop Pretending Everything Is Fine and Change Your Life, Zondervan, ISBN 9780310326045, page 42:
    Many people lie to God, only sharing with him what they think he wants to hear or what they ought to feel. I was one of them. Consider the absurdity of such a notion, as if God didn't know us better than we know ourselves.

a deity that is somewhere[edit]

an omnipresent deity; a deity that is everywhere[edit]
  • 1916, First Church of Christ, Scientist (Boston, Mass.), The Christian science journal[1], volume 33, The Christian Science Publishing Society, page 374:
    Few stop to reflect that to acknowledge evil as real is equivalent to saying that there are places in the universe where there is no God, a conclusion which the psalmist credits not to the wise man, but to the fool.
a deity that is where good things are[edit]
  • 2007, John C. Conley, Letters to My Friends: A No Guarantees Guide to Awakening, John C. Conley, ISBN 9780972753142, page 199:
    I talk about how I see God in the eyes of my friends. I talk about how I see God in the beauty of a woman. I talk about how I smell God in the dewed sweetness of a rose. I talk about how I taste God in the nectar of a pear.
  • 2011, Peter Traben Haas, The God Who Is Here: A Contemplative Guide to Transforming Your Relationship with God and the Church, Lantern Books, ISBN 9781590562390, page 50:
    Life situations such as accidents, sickness, suffering, death, bankruptcy, and divorce try their best to convince us that God is not here.

a deity that is able to do something[edit]

an omnipotent deity; a deity that can do anything[edit]
  • 2001, Alister E. McGrath, The Christian theology reader, 2, illustrated edition, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 9780631206378, page 628:
    There is no fortress that is any defence from the power of God.
  • 2007, Myles Munroe, T. D. Jakes, Myles Munroe Devotional & Journal: 365 Days to Realize Your Potential, Destiny Image Publishers, ISBN 9780768424362, page 209:
    "If God is with me, who can be against me?" The implication is that if God has given you something to do and He is with you, nothing or no one is going to stop you from accomplishing what God wants you to do.
a deity that can do anything, except contradicting his own laws, promises or logic; or, alternatively, an omnipotent deity that chooses never contradicting them[edit]
  • 1994, Peter Kreeft, Ronald Keith Tacelli, Handbook of Christian apologetics: hundreds of answers to crucial questions, InterVarsity Press, ISBN 9780830817740, page 138:
    To ask why God didn't create such a world is like asking why God didn't create colorless color or round squares.
  • 2008, Tom Hale, Stephen Thorson, Applied Old Testament Commentary: Applying God's Word to Your Life, illustrated edition, David C Cook, ISBN 9780781448642, page 156:
    God's covenant was everlasting; humans could break it, but God never would.

a deity that does something; a deity that interferes directly[edit]

the creator of the universe, especially according to deistic beliefs[edit]
  • 2005, Richard Carrier, Sense and goodness without God: a defense of metaphysical naturalism, AuthorHouse, ISBN 9781420802931, page 74:
    What does God need a Big Bang for? That's a terribly slow, messy, complicated way to create a universe, much less people.
the provider of everything[edit]
  • 1983, Grace Kimathi, Pathway to Marriage, reprint edition, Uzima Publishing House, ISBN 9789966855695, page 7:
    This time he might find one who is intelligent, very well qualified academically but too plain looking. He then wonders why God was so mean as to deny beauty to such an intelligent girl.
a deity that sends people to different types of afterlife as rewards or punishments[edit]
  • 2001, Alister E. McGrath, The Christian theology reader, 2, illustrated edition, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 9780631206378, page 628:
    The sword of divine justice is every moment brandished over their heads, and it is nothing but the hand of arbitrary mercy, and God's mere will, that holds it back.
    They are already under a sentence of condemnation to hell.
the controller, or the personification, of the course of all events; Destiny; Fate[edit]
  • 1926, Albert Einstein, "God does not play dice with the universe."
  • 2001, Gregory A. Boyd, Satan and the problem of evil: constructing a trinitarian warfare theodicy, InterVarsity Press, ISBN 9780830815500, page 147:
    If God is not sovereign, he is not God. If he is not God, he simply is not. If chance is, God is not. If God is, chance is not.
a deity that, at least, controls a number of extraordinary events by performing miracles[edit]
  • 2006, Debra Berry, Be Restored!: God's Power for African American Women, 2, illustrated, reprint edition, New Hope Publishers, ISBN 9781596690073, page 50:
    It's sometimes easier to see God's hand working in extraordinary or difficult events.

a deity that has some relationship with people[edit]

an authority or leader of people[edit]
  • 2007, Brenda Hicks-Wiggins, My God! My God!, AuthorHouse, ISBN 9781434325556, page 54:
    I came to my senses quick and in a hurry, because I thought if my life is hard not obeying God, then how sweet it could be if I obey him.
a moral judge of people[edit]
  • 2007, Paul Copan, Loving Wisdom: Christian Philosophy of Religion, Chalice Press, ISBN 9780827221390, page 91:
    Some nontheists—and even some theists—will say that "Murder is wrong" would hold true even if God didn't exist; such moral values are just "brute facts."
  • 2008, David Hovious, All My Life is Poetry, Fideli Publishing Inc., ISBN 9781604140514, page 227:
    "You boys be good, because God is watching you."
a deity that should be worshipped by people[edit]
  • 1994, Peter Kreeft, Your Questions, God's Answers, Ignatius Press, ISBN 9780898704884, page 113:
    If he knows he is not God and still says he is and wants you to worship him, then he is a very bad man indeed: a liar and a blasphemer.