One that is worshiped, idealized.
An image of a supernatural being; an idol.
A material object that is worshipped as a god.
Applied figuratively to one who wields great or despotic power.
The principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions.
The perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe.
A person or thing deified and honored as the chief good; an object of supreme regard.
A man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people; "he was a god among men"
The Supreme Being; the eternal and infinite Spirit, the Creator, and the Sovereign of the universe; Jehovah.
Any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the Earth or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force.
A being conceived of as possessing supernatural power, and to be propitiated by sacrifice, worship, etc.; a divinity; a deity; an object of worship; an idol.
A being of supernatural powers or attributes, believed in and worshiped by a people, especially a male deity or patriarchal deity thought to control some part of nature or reality.
God's were originally conceived of as entities which took the guise of an animal or which expressed themselves as natural phenomena. God's were entities which were thought to control some incremental part of nature or reality.
Eventually as humans realized that all of nature was interconnected these beliefs were transformed into a belief of God taking the form of pregnant women, a Mother Goddess, who embodied the creation of life and who brought prosperity upon a culture. The theory of God as a Mother came about when the hunters and gathers settled down to become farmers and shepherds.
Later, as humans filled and overburdened the ecological niche they had originally settled in, these theory's of the nature of God were transformed into one in which the template for the conceptual image of God was based on the alpha male, the head of the tribe. This conceptual image of God is clearly intended for a warlike people who will be blessed by God when they are driven by the reining patriarch to gain control of an adjacent ecological niche which will allow the further expansion of the tribe.
As God is not easily described it is easy to understand that a conceptual image of God by necessity would take the form of familiar objects that already exerted an influence over the coarse of human existence. Throughout the evolution of the human conceptual image of God humans projected onto God and image of power they understood in their conceptual image of reality.
The Old Testament story of the Creation clearly states that man was created in the image of God but the God of the Old Testament is clearly modeled on the patriarch of a tribe. God has the same emotions as a mortal man in the Old Testament and is judgemental as the patriarch of a tribe would be by necessity. Perhaps that Old Testament story should be rewritten to say "In the beginning, man not understanding the Earth or the nature of God created the concept of God in man's image."
The Hebrew word jehovah, the only other word generally employed to denote the supreme being, is uniformly printed in small capitals. The existence of God is taken for granted in the Bible. There is nowhere any argument to prove it.
He who disbelieves this truth is spoken of as one devoid of understanding (Ps. 14:1).
The arguments generally adduced by theologians in proof of the being of God are:
The a priori argument, which is the testimony afforded by reason.
The a posteriori argument, by which we proceed logically
from the facts of experience to causes.
These arguments are:
The cosmological, by which it is proved that there must be a First Cause of all objects, for every effect must have a cause.
The teleological, or the argument from design. We see everywhere the operations of an Intelligent Cause in nature.
The moral argument, called also the anthropological argument, based on the moral consciousness and the history of mankind, which exhibits a moral order and purpose which can only be explained on the supposition of the existence of God. Conscience and human history testify that "verily there is a God that judgeth on the Earth."
God acts solely by the laws of nature.
God's attributes are spoken of by some as absolute.