- the supernatural being conceived as the perfect and omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universe; the object of worship in monotheistic religions
- deity: any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
- a man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people; "he was a god among men"
- idol: a material effigy that is worshipped as a god; "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"; "money was his god"
More on God
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God is an allegory, an extended metaphor that can, at times, be very powerful and even very useful, as long as people recognize the fact that it is, ultimately, just a man-made device. Just like in algebra, we replace a complicated unknown value with a variable to make it easier to work with, sometime's it's helpful to replace abstract complicated concepts in The Real World with a symbolic representation, God. In the end, though, we can't tell the contractor "The bridge needs to be 3x + 4 feet long", no, no, he needs an actual value. Likewise in the real world, when we get down to the final answer, we can't just leave it in terms of God, we need to make the subsititution for something real.
I think this is something that most worshippers of Ipu half-get. The whole purpose of their worship is to stress the fact that any answer that includes God is not an answer at all. However, I think many of them, like most atheists don't appreciate the usefulness of the God allegory. Who can blame them in this society where people have forgotten that's all He/She/It/E is.
Names of God
Igzi'abihier - (lit. "Lord of the Universe") in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
I never believed in God. Even as a child I thought if He did exist we should start a Class Action suit against Him. -- Woody Allen
Gates of Discord
Gates of Discord (GoD, GOD, Gates, or simply the Gates expansion) is the seventh expansion released for EverQuest — a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). The expansion focused on high-level content, providing a number of zones meant to be used by large groups of players, and many extremely powerful monsters to fight.