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According to tradition there are 99 Names of God al-asma al-husna lit. All these names refer to Allah , the supreme and all-comprehensive divine name. Among the 99 names of God, the most famous and most frequent of these names are "the Compassionate" al-rahman and "the Merciful" al-rahim. Creation is seen as an act of divine choice and mercy, one with a grand purpose: "And We Royal we did not create the heaven and earth and that between them in play.

And He is the All-Mighty, the Oft-Forgiving;" [20] Those who pass the test are rewarded with Paradise: "Verily for the Righteous there will be a fulfilment of the heart's desires;" [21]. According to the Islamic teachings, God exists above the heavens and the creation itself.

The Qur'an mentions, "He it is Who created for you all that is on earth. Then He Istawa rose over towards the heaven and made them seven heavens and He is the All-Knower of everything. And We are nearer to him than his jugular vein by Our Knowledge. Indeed, the disbelievers will not succeed. Islam teaches that God as referenced in the Qur'an is the only god and the same God worshipped by members of other Abrahamic religions such as Christianity and Judaism. One of the biggest responsibilities in the faith of Sikhism is to worship God as "The Creator", termed Waheguru who is shapeless, timeless, and sightless, i.

The purpose of creation is for the created to have the capacity to know and love its creator.

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Monolatristic traditions would separate a secondary creator from the primary transcendent being, identified as a primary creator. According to Vaishnava belief Vishnu creates the basic universal shell and provides all the raw materials and also places the living entities within the material world, fulfilling their own independent will. Brahma works with the materials provided by Vishnu to actually create what are believed to be planets in Puranic terminology, and he supervises the population of them.

Monism is the philosophy that asserts oneness as its fundamental premise, and it contradicts the dualism-based theistic premise that there is a creator God that is eternal and separate from the rest of existence. There are two types of monism, namely spiritual monism which holds that all spiritual reality is one, and material monism which holds that everything including all material reality is one and the same thing. Buddhism denies a creator deity and posits that mundane deities such as Mahabrahma are misperceived to be a creator.

Jainism does not support belief in a creator deity. According to Jain doctrine, the universe and its constituents - soul, matter, space, time, and principles of motion have always existed a static universe similar to that of Epicureanism and steady state cosmological model. All the constituents and actions are governed by universal natural laws. It is not possible to create matter out of nothing and hence the sum total of matter in the universe remains the same similar to law of conservation of mass.

Similarly, the soul of each living being is unique and uncreated and has existed since beginningless time. The Jain theory of causation holds that a cause and its effect are always identical in nature and therefore a conscious and immaterial entity like God cannot create a material entity like the universe. Furthermore, according to the Jain concept of divinity, any soul who destroys its karmas and desires, achieves liberation.

A soul who destroys all its passions and desires has no desire to interfere in the working of the universe. Moral rewards and sufferings are not the work of a divine being, but a result of an innate moral order in the cosmos ; a self-regulating mechanism whereby the individual reaps the fruits of his own actions through the workings of the karmas. The theme of non-creationism and absence of omnipotent God and divine grace runs strongly in all the philosophical dimensions of Jainism, including its cosmology , karma , moksa and its moral code of conduct.

Jainism asserts a religious and virtuous life is possible without the idea of a creator god. In polytheistic creation, the world often comes into being organically, e. Sometimes, a god is involved, wittingly or unwittingly, in bringing about creation. Examples include:. Neoplatonism and Gnosticism continued and developed this concept. In Neoplatonism, the demiurge represents the second cause or dyad , after the monad. In Gnostic dualism , the demiurge is an imperfect spirit and possibly an evil being, transcended by divine Fullness Pleroma.

Unlike the Abrahamic God, Plato's demiurge is unable to create ex-nihilo. Hinduism is a diverse system of thought with beliefs spanning monotheism , polytheism , panentheism , pantheism , pandeism , monism , and atheism among others; [40] [41] [web 1] and its concept of creator deity is complex and depends upon each individual and the tradition and philosophy followed. Hinduism is sometimes referred to as henotheistic i.

The Nasadiya Sukta Creation Hymn of the Rig Veda is one of the earliest texts [43] which "demonstrates a sense of metaphysical speculation" about what created the universe, the concept of god s and The One, and whether even The One knows how the universe came into being. The "One Truth" of Vedic literature, in modern era scholarship, has been interpreted as monotheism, monism, as well as a deified Hidden Principles behind the great happenings and processes of nature.

The post-Vedic texts of Hinduism offer multiple theories of cosmogony , many involving Brahma. These include Sarga primary creation of universe and Visarga secondary creation , ideas related to the Indian thought that there are two levels of reality, one primary that is unchanging metaphysical and other secondary that is always changing empirical , and that all observed reality of the latter is in an endless repeating cycle of existence, that cosmos and life we experience is continually created, evolved, dissolved and then re-created.

Brahma is a "secondary creator" as described in the Mahabharata and Puranas , and among the most studied and described. In other versions of creation, the creator deity is the one who is equivalent to the Brahman , the metaphysical reality in Hinduism. In Vaishnavism , Vishnu creates Brahma and orders him to order the rest of universe. In Shaivism , Shiva may be treated as the creator. In Shaktism , the Great Goddess creates the Trimurti. Pangu can be interpreted as another creator deity. In the beginning there was nothing in the universe except a formless chaos. However this chaos began to coalesce into a cosmic egg for eighteen thousand years.

Within it, the perfectly opposed principles of yin and yang became balanced and Pangu emerged or woke up from the egg. Pangu is usually depicted as a primitive, hairy giant with horns on his head like the Greek Pan and clad in furs. Pangu set about the task of creating the world: he separated Yin from Yang with a swing of his giant axe, creating the Earth murky Yin and the Sky clear Yang. To keep them separated, Pangu stood between them and pushed up the Sky. This task took eighteen thousand years, with each day the sky grew ten feet higher, the Earth ten feet wider, and Pangu ten feet taller.

In some versions of the story, Pangu is aided in this task by the four most prominent beasts, namely the Turtle , the Qilin , the Phoenix , and the Dragon. After eighteen thousand years [57] had elapsed, Pangu was laid to rest.

His breath became the wind ; his voice the thunder ; left eye the sun and right eye the moon ; his body became the mountains and extremes of the world; his blood formed rivers; his muscles the fertile lands; his facial hair the stars and milky way; his fur the bushes and forests; his bones the valuable minerals; his bone marrows sacred diamonds; his sweat fell as rain; and the fleas on his fur carried by the wind became human beings all over the world. Shangdi is another creator deity, possibly prior to Pangu; sharing concepts similar to Abrahamic faiths.

According to Kazakh folk tales, Jasagnan is the creator of the world. Many of us think of it as a list of subjects like chemistry, geology, physics, and so forth. To most scientists, however, science is primarily a method for seeking the truth, not the subjects studied by that method. Most of us have learned the three-step method: 1 imagine models of how something might be; 2 predict what you could observe if the models were true; and 3 check what actually occurs either through experiments or other methods.

Although minor changes occur continually, a well-established scientific theory is not changed or abandoned very often. But major changes do occur. Probably every scientist has dreamed of coming up with the new data that will overthrow an old, established theory.


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Newton and Einstein are justly honored because they did just that. Yet for many, science has come to mean not a method for understanding how nature does work, but a particular philosophy about how nature has to work. Where did naturalism come from? It began with the Greeks, but we can pick it up in the seventeenth century when the age-old discussion about the relationship of God to the order of nature acquired a new image. In Western cultural tradition, scientific thought and religion have always agreed that there is an order to nature and that events do not just happen randomly.

Thus, both science and religion have asked certain questions: Is God responsible for creating that order? Is he responsible for upholding it? Can he or does he ever interfere with that order by causing miracles to happen? The traditional belief of our Bible-based Western culture was always that the order of nature is subject to God, who created that order in the first place, who sustains it, and who can alter it according to his own will. From this philosophy it was easy to take the next step in the nineteenth century to the present version of scientific naturalism, which holds that self-existing scientific laws are themselves the causes of the order, not God.

This secular viewpoint holds that God has no direct relationship to nature. In this view, if there is a God, he, like man, exists and acts within nature. This mechanistic philosophy holds that miracles do not and cannot happen. And that nature itself has no intelligence, no will, and no purpose. Naturalism has had a strong influence on the development of astronomy, geology, and biology.

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The Marquis Pierre Simon de Laplace — was a key figure in the changing philosophy of astronomy. He claimed that it was unnecessary to have a supernaturalistic explanation God for the origins of the universe and a naturalistic one scientific laws for its functioning. Instead, he proposed that a chance distribution of matter in whirling clouds operated on by the Newtonian laws of motion and gravitation would, given enough time, produce something like the solar system. Thus, he proposed, the apparent design of nature no longer required God as an essential part of the scientific explanation; it could now be explained by a combination of purposeless, unconscious chance and necessity.

The divorce between science and religion, once so closely allied, was underway. We can trace the same general processes at work in geology and biology. In the s, the most widely accepted theories still required God as part of their theories. Cuvier had concluded that the earth had passed through a series of geological ages, each characterized by unique life forms. But what had happened to the older forms and where did the new ones come from? He argued that each age must have ended with a great catastrophe that destroyed all or most living things and was followed by a new creation.

This succession of catastrophes and new creations obviously required a Creator. The connection with Genesis was clear for holders of this view. The Flood was exactly such a catastrophe. He was seen of Mary at the tomb, Q: My husband had an affair. He continues to talk to other girls and doesn't want to go through the repentance process. I still love him and I honor the covenants we made when we were married in the temple more than 20 years ago.

I have pleaded with him to talk to our bishop or go to therapy. My husband was killed; I lost a son. I was driving. My seven surviving children and I spent months in hospitals, to be reunited as a family again just before Christmas. During this time I was faced with overwhelming decisions and problems. I must admit that forgiving myself was actually one of the easier challenges that I faced.

I wasn't sure that I could face what lay ahead, especially trapped in a body that didn't work On the other hand, we can see the blessings beyond when we look up. Skinner and D. Kelly Ogden. Candidates to fill the vacancy in the Quorum of the Twelve are narrowed to two, apparently from among several possibilities. The apostles prayed, inspiration came from the Lord, and Matthias was chosen and ordained this is the only mention of him in the New Testament.

The name Matthias is in Hebrew Mattityahu , Given how central the family is in Church doctrine, divorce in the Latter-day Saint community is a sensitive and complicated issue.

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To find out more about how Latter-day Saints experience divorce, I surveyed more than 1, active members who have been divorced or are currently going through the process. For Latter-day Saints, families are not only the fundamental unit of society but also of the Church.

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With the comforting doctrine that we can be sealed to our loved ones for eternity, divorce is a conclusion drawn with heavy hearts. The world is taking notice of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and this is especially evident in mainstream literature. Often inaccurate but sometimes flattering, you'd be surprised by how many famous authors are writing about "the Mormons"! Danielle B.