Views on God and how what he wants from us - Jewish sacred Text - Sikh sacred Text - Christian sacred Text

When first joining a religion, the beliefs and views may be overwhelming and sometimes even controversial to learn and abide by. However the main question that many new converts may ask about their religions are; "Who is god, and what does he want of us?" Many religious followers ask why we were placed on this Earth, and what does the Almighty want of us. What, as humans, is our greater spiritual goal to serving our god. Below, I have compounded 3 very different religions and analyised each of their sacred text respectively in order to see each religions views on not only god, but also why we are here.

The Christian story of the creation of the universe is probably the most well known.
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth... God saw all that he had made, and it was very good." (Genesis 1:1, 31)
"You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you." (Nehemiah 9:6) The Chrstian sacred text known as the Bible illustrate their god not only creating, but giving life to all in our known world heaven included. It never tells us where god himself comes from, or even his/her/it's intentions behind it all, however it does tell us how humans were created in the image of god himself. "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:27" Now that we know how the Christian believe their god made the world, why did he/she/it do it? The bible has this to say on the matter. Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."

Often this God is beyond our ability to comprehend, but God is nevertheless present in our everyday lives. How individual Jews choose to understand this manifestation of the divine varies. Some connect with God through prayer, others see the divine in the majesty of the natural world, others may not think about God on a daily basis. Each individual's relationship with God is unique and personal.

Sikh beliefs about God

Belief in one God is central to Sikhism. Sikhs are monotheists. They believe it is important to keep the name of God in their mind and live their life as God would wish.
Sikhs believe that God:

  • cannot be described and is neither male nor female
  • is eternal truth, timeless, beyond the cycle of birth and death, and self-existent
  • is both sargun (immanent – everywhere and in everything) and nirgun(transcendent – above and beyond creation)
  • created the world for people to use and enjoy
  • created people, and made them know the difference between right and wrong
  • is present in everyone's soul but can only be seen by those whom he blesses
  • is personal and available to everyone
  • is the only one to be worshipped; no images of God are to be worshipped

The Sikh also believe that there exist only one god and he is neither mal nor female. They believe god created the world in order for humans to enjoy it. They say he is a personal god available to any and everyone even if they do not follow the same religion. A very important deference of the view of god as opposed to other religions is the fact that idols nor images of god can be worshipped, only god himself must be worshipped even if they cannot comprehend "its" almighty image.

The Christian God is a personal God. This does not mean that God is a human being, but that God has "personality" and the capability of both relationships with other personal beings. This is seen clearly in both the Old and New Testaments, in which God is described in strongly personal terms (father, shepherd, etc.) and establishes relationships with human beings.
In this belief, Christianity is like Judaism and Islam but very different from deism or the theism of Greek philosophy. In the latter systems, God is an impersonal force that causes the world to exist but does not interact with it.
But it has never been a part of Christian doctrine that God is male, or that God has gender at all.