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When people refer to god what do they mean exactly? Is it a super natural power? An energy? A substance? A spiritual father? Or some combination of the above?

God is a king Show more Show less

When people refer to god they understand it in anthropomorphic terms, a being who rules over humankind.
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In common philosophy and religion, God is described as a king

God is most commonly associated with the figure of a king or father, given that the constructs of religion are to explain why society or people are situated where they are. When considering the structure of society as a hierarchy, God would sit above all, as God is all knowing and powerful.
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The Argument

God is referred to as a king or father-like figure, most prominently in Christian text and most Abrahamic faiths. [1] The pronoun 'he' is used to characterise God across most religious scriptures. Reasons for this may stem from the development of societal structures, where above all there is a leading or central figure that dictates the course of nature and all happenings. A king sits atop a hierarchy, kingdom or monarchial system of governance, which is a common metaphor for the position of God to humans, of whom are often described as God's children or God's people. Examples of the pairing of God and kingship can be found in the third and final sections of the Hebraic Old Testament. These segments are called the Psalms or Writings, passages of sacred hymns meant to be sung. The script Psalm 47:2 writes: For the Lord Most High is to be feared, A great King over all the earth. [2] In this passage, 'Lord' is the equivalent of 'God', and is characterised as a 'great King' who's sovereign is cast over the earth. The relationship between God and mortal is made clear, as seen in this depiction of God's rule sitting above the people who follow under this leadership. Studies in historical theocracy support the trope of God as king. Theocracy is a system of governance guided by a divine being, in the sense that this deity is an authoritative figure in modus operandi. The figurative imperial power of Japan sits with the Tenno, which translates into 'heavenly sovereign'. [3] Under the Japanese constitution, the Tenno is the head of the imperial family and the symbolism of the state. Another example is the now non-operative Igbo Nri Kingdom of Nigeria, where the Eze Nri, or 'heavenly one', has religious authority. [4]

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  1. https://icehm.org/upload/8117ED1116006.pdf
  2. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/ot/ps/47?lang=eng
  3. https://www.britannica.com/topic/tenno
  4. https://www.britannica.com/place/Nri

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