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A supernatural deity. When used as a proper noun, usually refers to the Judeo-Christian god.


Gods in General

Humans have worshipped many supernatural beings over the centuries. Gods are usually more powerful than daemons, sprites, pixies, etc.

Gods sometimes take an interest in, and influence the affairs of humans, and are often credited with creating the Earth and the rest of the universe, influencing the weather, bringing good or bad fortune to people, and so forth.

Gods can often be propitiated through prayer.

The belief in one God is called monotheism the belief in more than one God is called polytheism.

The Judeo-Christian God

This is the god described in the Bible. Since the Old Testament of the Bible is closely related to the Jewish Torah, the god described there (often called YHWH or Jehovah) is the same for Jews and Christians.

The New Testament of the Bible features Jesus Christ, the son of the Old Testament God. Christians accept Jesus as the messiah, or savior, foretold in the Old Testament, whereas Jews do not believe that the messiah has arrived yet, and think of Jesus as merely a prophet.

The Islamic God

The Koran, the holy scripture of Islam, is rooted in the same culture that produced the Torah and the Bible, so the god of Islam (usually called Allah) is regarded to be the same as the Judeo-Christian God. Jesus is considered by the Koran to be an earlier, though lesser prophet to Mohammed, the final one according to Islam.

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