Three Different Gods Essay

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Who is God to you? Is God the omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent being who sits in heaven and watches over us all with his vast arms hovering over our every thought and action? Does God take form of man, and walk amongst us in harmony, or does God not even exist in your eyes and He is an imaginary being that rests in the mind of the weary and oppressed? In actuality God can be anything people want to make Him out to be. Three books which all depict a particular type of god all portray either the way people should live their lives or the passages to eternal life. These three books are the Bhagavad-Gita, the Holy Bible, and the Koran. All of these books show their god to have specific characteristics and laws that lead these religions to differ or compare to each other. Out of these three omnipotent gods, I can relate to the god in the Bible more because his teaching goes beyond words and is portrayed through his personality, his forgiveness is eternal because he accepts sinners, and because he performs miracles to aid the weak, the poor, and the helpless.

In all three books God is a wonderful teacher. God's teaching style in the Holy Bible and the Koran are similar solely when God is in the Old Testament in the Bible. The Bhagavad-Gita and the Bible are similar almost exclusively when God is in the New Testament in the Bible. In the Old Testament God teaches through laws and ordinances that He gives to the people. In Genesis He teaches Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of knowledge because "...for when you eat of it you will surely die" (Bible, Genesis 2:17). God also gives the Israelites, whom were led out by Moses a specific set of laws (Bible, Exodus 20:1-25) and ordinances (Bible, Exodus 21:1-35) that depicted the way that God wanted them to lead their lives. God in the Koran is similar to God in the Old Testament in the sense that they both teach by declaring laws and ordinances. Not only do the gods give formal laws, but the gods also give laws that talk about daily concerns such as money, marriage, and even menstrual cycles. (Koran, Sura 195). The goal of the gods' teaching in both books is to facilitate the follower to practice the laws, and thus lead him to a more peaceful and simpler existence.

Although God in the Old Testament is the same god he was in the New Testament, he possesses a variety of different attributes. Foremost, God becomes a man and teaches more informally by demonstrating through His life, how to live life (Bible, Mathew 1:23). As a teacher, Jesus is more patient and lenient. While He teaches in parables, He also possesses a specific simplicity that facilitates the pupils' learning (Bible, Mathew 13:10). Not only did Jesus teach through words, but also as a symbol of great leadership, he taught through sinless action. In many ways the god in the Bhagavad-Gita is similar to the god in the New Testament. For instance just as God took the form of a human in the New Testament, God in the Bhagavad-Gita...

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