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GOD. From the Saxon god, good. The source of all good; the supreme being. 1. Every man is presumed to believe in God, and he who opposes a witness on the ground of his unbelief is bound to prove it. 3 Bouv. Inst. u. 3180.
     2. Blasphemy against the Almighty, by denying his being or providence, was an offence punishable at common law by fine and imprisonment, or other infamous corporal punishment. 4 Bl. Corn. 60; 1 East, P. C. 3; 1 Russ. on Crimes, 217. This offence his been enlarged in Pennsylvania, and perhaps most of the states, by statutory provision. Vide Christianity; Blasphemy; 11 Serg. & Rawle, 394.
     3. By article 1, of amendments to the Constitution of the United States, it is provided that "Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." In the United States, therefore, every one is allowed to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

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Trinity, at its best, is the doctrine that lets us know it is in the nature of God to be more mysterious and grand than we will ever imagine.
The development of a statement concerning the nature of God (see accompanying story) arose from a request from Archbishop Robin Eames of Ireland, Archbishop Griswold said in a published interview.
With each new scientific discovery -- how the sun produces light, how fast the universe is expanding, or how human genes differ only infinitesimally from those of other primates -- Swimme finds more clues about the nature of God.
Her reinterpretations of the masculine nature of God and the Virgin birth as parthenogenic will resonate with contemporary feminists.
have rejected Thomas Aquinas's entire metaphysical doctrine of the real distinction between essence and existence in all finite beings, and his doctrine of the nature of God as pure Subsistent Existence, as meaningless from the start, because "exists" by itself can never be a real predicate as applied to individuals; it is either an incomplete statement or a pure tautology.
It shows how the traditions of the church developed from the simple proclamation of Jesus's life, death, and resurrection to the complex understanding of the nature of God the Trinity that we find in the historic creeds.
The first reaction blames the individual and completely ignores the nature of God.
For example, Fumerton and Jeske pair Star Trek show episodes/films with readings to shed light on the mind-body problem and the nature of God.
We are brought into the circle to share the glory of this relationship through the gift of grace, a peace with God accessed by faith in this gifting nature of God that we experience in Jesus the Christ.
s account of the necessity of Christian care for those outside the Christian community, linked expressly to the nature of God and God's purposes, is enormously powerful.
Along with the text of that confession (printed here side by side with those of 1925 and 1963) contributors offer commentary on such issues as the scriptures, the nature of God and man, the doctrine of salvation, baptism and the Lord's Supper, evangelism and missions, education, stewardship, the social order, cooperation, religious liberty and the family and the last things.
He does so with an appeal to the nature of God who bestows blessings upon the good and the bad alike.

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