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2 years ago  ::  Jun 10, 2012 - 6:56AM #1
Daldianus
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I'm sorry for all these seemingly identical questions but they're crucial since Christians use a lot of the apparently ill-defined words all the time.

Therefore: what are the differences between the words/concepts of 'God' and 'The Father' if there are any? 
 
 
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2 years ago  ::  Jun 10, 2012 - 8:40AM #2
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Jun 10, 2012 -- 6:56AM, Daldianus wrote:

I'm sorry for all these seemingly identical questions but they're crucial since Christians use a lot of the apparently ill-defined words all the time.

Therefore: what are the differences between the words/concepts of 'God' and 'The Father' if there are any? 
 
 



Well, the word "God" has three letters and "the Father" has nine, or six if you ignore the "the".



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2 years ago  ::  Jun 10, 2012 - 8:47AM #3
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Jun 10, 2012 -- 6:56AM, Daldianus wrote:

I'm sorry for all these seemingly identical questions but they're crucial since Christians use a lot of the apparently ill-defined words all the time.

Therefore: what are the differences between the words/concepts of 'God' and 'The Father' if there are any? 
 
One shows intimacy.  It implies that one has a relationship with and knows HIM personally as such. 

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 10, 2012 - 9:14AM #4
Daldianus
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Jun 10, 2012 -- 8:40AM, Jiwe wrote:

Well, the word "God" has three letters and "the Father" has nine, or six if you ignore the "the".



You're so funny, James. Then let's try this again:


What are, in a Christian setting, the differences in the meaning of the words 'God' and 'The Father'?

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 10, 2012 - 12:18PM #5
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Let's not forget this one, people.

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 10, 2012 - 5:18PM #6
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One such distinction for Trinitarians would be that God encompasses the whole triune Being, while the Father picks out one of the persons of that trinity.

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 11, 2012 - 2:39AM #7
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Jun 10, 2012 -- 5:18PM, Thetanager wrote:

One such distinction for Trinitarians would be that God encompasses the whole triune Being, while the Father picks out one of the persons of that trinity.



So 'The Father' is different from 'God'?


'The Father' cannot be 'God' if 'God' encompasses more than he does.

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 11, 2012 - 7:56AM #8
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Jun 11, 2012 -- 2:39AM, Daldianus wrote:

So 'The Father' is different from 'God'?


'The Father' cannot be 'God' if 'God' encompasses more than he does.



Could you please explain why you think this and then I could better respond.  Show me the logic you are using.


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2 years ago  ::  Jun 11, 2012 - 8:01AM #9
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Jun 11, 2012 -- 7:56AM, Thetanager wrote:


Jun 11, 2012 -- 2:39AM, Daldianus wrote:

So 'The Father' is different from 'God'?


'The Father' cannot be 'God' if 'God' encompasses more than he does.



Could you please explain why you think this and then I could better respond.  Show me the logic you are using.



X = The Father


Y = God


Now if Y > X then X obviously cannot be Y.

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2 years ago  ::  Jun 11, 2012 - 9:01AM #10
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Jun 11, 2012 -- 8:01AM, Daldianus wrote:


Jun 11, 2012 -- 7:56AM, Thetanager wrote:


Jun 11, 2012 -- 2:39AM, Daldianus wrote:

So 'The Father' is different from 'God'?


'The Father' cannot be 'God' if 'God' encompasses more than he does.



Could you please explain why you think this and then I could better respond.  Show me the logic you are using.



X = The Father


Y = God


Now if Y > X then X obviously cannot be Y.




Why use the term 'Father' if both Father and Son are equally old?

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