I was shocked when my neighbour's little son of 9 walked into my apartment and asked me this question; IS GOD A SINGLE PARENT? I didn't bother answering the uestion as i don't know what to tell him. So, can any hubber please help? Cheers everyone!!
Teehee! Is the holy ghost the same as God? And what about the angel of the annunciation? Its a very complex story isn't it? More to the point, didn't the term Virgin mean a single independent woman in those times and therefore the new testiment was not claiming an immaculate conception at all, rather that Mary was single? Most importantly chinweike, this child is very smart and should be praised for asking such a thought provoking question.
chinweike!!! The Following comments may help you to satisfy the child asking about GOD.
"In the Qur'an, we read that Allah (GOD) is Compassionate and Merciful. He is Kind, Loving, and Wise. He is the Creator, the Sustainer, the Healer. He is the One who Guides, the One who Protects, the One who Forgives. "
It depends on your beliefs. So I will leave Allah to those who are better qualified to answer such as paarsurrey (great post!).
As far as I understand it.......God, The Holy Spirit and Jesus are one and the same - grouped together as the holy trinity. God is all three. All three are God. God is the holy trinity. Jesus is not 1/3 of God in the same way that a third of infinity is infinity.
Jesus is God on earth in human form. The use of the term "his son" is a useful way for us humans to better comprehend God. With God being, well, incomprehensible to us mere mortals.
So before I ramble on too long, God is not a single parent, because Jesus is God. He didn't have a wife, because God is not a man. He didn't have a husband either because he is not a woman. He is God. Unless of course you are a Viking, Roman or ancient Greek in which case he was a man, and Jesus was not around so they didn't have to bother with tricky questions like the one your son asked ;-)
Who could claim ownership of all the atomic structures within the totality via cosmos, and call their divine self a single "parent?" Ha-ha! This query is ludicrous to no end, infinity if ya will, and due to the humor, it should have been filed under the "entertainment" category.
According to the Bible, God is plural, especially when you talk about the creation of man:
Genesis 1:26: 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
The ONLY way this passage makes sense is if God becomes plural. The passage also strongly suggests that these beings (Gods) actually have a body instead of just exist in spirit. That kind of blows the idea that it's simply a reference to the Trinity.
Since most Christians believe in "cafeteria" Christianity (believe what you want and throw the rest out), you can take from this what you want. The original text implies plurality of Gods, from what I understand.
Therefore, God does not have to be a single parent, IF you are up to such speculation.
Just believe that GOD is GOD who hold whole the universe not only creation of human beings. Eample: if we make a car, can car explore us...never. in the same way...GOD created us..so we cannot explore GOD. we have limited thinking memory but GOD is unlimited. so how we can accomodate unlimited in a limited one.
if you were a devout believer, why have you changed and become so bitter....... i think you would have been a nicer person before., you annoy everyone on here especially me. Your comments go round and round and make little sense..... please take a break
Do you mean I disagree with you so I should shut up and go away? As for annoying everyone, I would have thought others can speak for themselves, and have no idea how you could conclude that about "everyone." If you want a discussion I would have felt that would require you being open to discussion.
Believe you or be annoying to everyone? I don't think so.
I told we cannot explore more about GOD because of many limitations about our attributes. How much far away you can see....definitly there is a limit to see..some time you may not be able to see as you can do now.... Lot of limitations are attached with Us. However if you are in accepting mod...you see little and accept it.
hard to explain to a child, but god being a spirit is neither male or female, he created everything, and is a parent to us all......... god bless. I know lots wont agree, and i don't want to argue, but that would be reply to the child.
i am open to discussion, occasionally i am a busy lady, off to work soon, we could have a vote on how many people you annoy...... i could start a thread, something like if Earnesthub annoys you say I......
I absolutely do not expect anyone to agree with me, it is up to them, but no matter what day we look on the religious forum, there you are bad mouthing religion. If you do not like religion, why even go on the forum..... makes sense to me, change your picture from timeto time too, i find the same one all the time a little boring, maybe i will get banned off forums for a few days i can manage that, could you manage not being on forums for a few days, annoying peoople i think not.
So same old. You don't want to see the same avatar now? Geez that would apply to most here who do not change pictures of themselves. Any thing else you would like? Should I just agree with you to make you happy? I have a feeling that nothing would please you.
As for being here on these forums I would remind you that these forums are titled "Religion and beliefs," not "poetlorraine's religious beliefs forums!"
You will find just as many who are religious who do not share your views! By all means do your "Who hates Ernest" thread. It has been done before. Backfired somethin dreadful!
The Creator - God Allah YHWH has no gender; so he has no wife, no son or daughter; only those things need off-shoots which are mortal; God Allah YHWH is Immortal; so cannot have any wife sons or daughters.
If God had a name, what would it be And would you call it to his face If you were faced with him in all his glory What would you ask if you had just one question
And yeah yeah God is great yeah yeah God is good yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
What if God was one of us Just a slob like one of us Just a stranger on the bus Trying to make his way home
If God had a face what would it look like And would you want to see If seeing meant that you would have to believe In things like heaven and in jesus and the saints and all the prophets
And yeah yeah god is great yeah yeah god is good yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
What if God was one of us Just a slob like one of us Just a stranger on the bus Trying to make his way home He's trying to make his way home Back up to heaven all alone Nobody calling on the phone Except for the pope maybe in rome
And yeah yeah God is great yeah yeah God is good yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
What if god was one of us Just a slob like one of us Just a stranger on the bus Trying to make his way home Just trying to make his way home Like a holy rolling stone Back up to heaven all alone Just trying to make his way home Nobody calling on the phone Except for the pope maybe in rome
That's such a cute thing for a young boy to say!! I don't believe in God, because to me it just seems like a story that for whatever reason people decided to take seriously. But anyway, kids are adorable. I wouldn't have known what to say to him either. It's one of those topics that I would have left alone and been like "ask your parents" lol.
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