1 readers online now  |  69 million page views

The attributes of God

Reader comment on item: Uncovering Early Islam
in response to reader comment: Whether Muhammad Existed Or Not ...

Submitted by Sigmund Derman (United States), May 18, 2012 at 12:20

Who knows the attributes of God? The God of the Bible certainly ordered the killing of many people. Also, He directly killed many people. Does that mean that the Judeo-Christian God does not exist? I suppose that you can recognize only the God of the New Testament. If you wish you could say that the God implied or revealed in each separate book of the Bible was a separate God. I prefer to think of the God of the whole Bible as one God and different revealed attributes simply approaches to understanding that God. In that sense, I can look at Allah as another word for God with various attributes implied by the Koran and the other Muslim writings (such as the Hadiths). I think all of these works are imperfect or, at least, in need of filtering and interpretation and therefore everything that seems to be an attribute of God on the surface is not necessarily a true attribute.

It seems that you are saying that you want to judge the entity called Allah in the Koran and that you feel that the attributes revealed there are so different from what you think of as God that you cannot accept that Allah and what you think of as God are the same. That's reasonable too. You certainly are entitled to that belief.

But I do not think there is any proof of anybody's interpretation. It all is a matter of faith.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to The attributes of God by Sigmund Derman

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List
eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2020 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)