The nature of God
There are a number of ways to describe the nature of God from a Catholic perspective.
- Monotheism - Catholics believe that there is only one God. They are monotheists.
- Trinity - most Christians believe that there are three distinct Persons to this one God and that these three Persons form a unity. This belief is called the doctrine of the Trinity:
- God the Father - the creator and sustainer of all things.
- God the Son - the incarnation of God as a human being, Jesus Christ, on Earth.
- God theHoly Spirit - the power of God which is active in the world, drawing people towards God.
- Holy - God is 'other', different from anything else - separate and sacred.
- Omnipotence - God is all-powerful. Everything consistent with God's nature is possible.
- Omniscience - God is all-knowing, of past, present and future.
- Omnibenevolence - God is all-good/all-loving.
- Omnipresence - God is present everywhere.