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The Definition of 'God'

We do not define God because He defined Himself.  But we do define the word 'God' or 'god', so that we can make sense of our talk about God.  'God' is a word which names or points to God.  The word will be different in other languages.  In Arabic, it is Allah.  In Latin, Deus.   Etc.  So words are arbitrary, but within the language community they carry meaning. 

In the Biblical context, God is two things.  He is creator ex nihilo of all things, and He is therefore sovereign over all things.  So the Biblical definition of 'god' is the one who is creator and thereby sovereign.  If you are not those to things, you are not God.   

The creator is, as a logical fact, sovereign because the creator, and only the creator, is logically capable of defining the reason for existence of the created thing.  God, my Creator, defines my reason for existence. 

Reason for existence then becomes the only logically tenable basis for moral authority, i.e., sovereignty. 

In pagan (all non-Biblical) religion, the word 'god' will usually refer to those who are the highest, strongest, most powerful personal beings in the cosmos, those in control.  Control is different from moral authority.  Control is based on coercive force, authority is based on defining the purpose for existence. 

For other pagan religions, 'god' might refer to an divine essence or state of being, such as cosmic consciousness, which is totally impersonal.  In such a cosmos, neither control or morality have any ultimate meaning.

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