Beverly Nadler, CH, CMT ©2013

Most people, except atheists (about 7% of the population) and possibly some agnostics (people who are not sure if there “is” a God), believe that there is a Power that created the Universe. Although there are hundreds of names for this Power — including Creator, Allah, Lord, Jehovah — the most commonly used word in our society is God.

It may interest you to know that the word for “God” is not in Judeo-Christian scriptures written in Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek or Latin. Nor is it in older religious texts in India and other parts of the world. It is thought that the word for God first appeared in a German manuscript in the 6th century, and is related to a word meaning “good.”

Beyond the belief that God “exists,” the concepts, ideas, theories and opinions about God differ widely. Some people see God as a benevolent Being possessed of human -like characteristics and emotions; others see God as a punishing, demanding Being who may sometimes be benevolent if He chooses, but still very human-like.

Some think of God as sitting in judgment, deciding whose prayers He will answer and whose He will reject. Some people are pleased with God, especially when they get what they prayed for, and some are displeased and angry because they or a dear friend or family member is sick, or injured or suffering severe loss.
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