According to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines God as the Supreme Being of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, creator and ruler of the universe.
God is generally accepted as the creator of the world. When there was no heaven and earth there has been God. God is the uncreated spirit being who existed before the beginning of time.
God is the sovereign Lord of the universe, because He is the creator of all creatures. God is also the provider of all needs. Before He created man He knew that man would eat, and so he created countless plants bearing fruits for him to eat.
He has final authority and power over everything created. E.g. weather, seasons, storms, floods, earthquakes, man, sun, moon, mountains, rivers etc.
Attributes of God:
God is the Almighty, the Creator, the Omnipotent, Omniscience, Omnipresent, Sovereign God the Great Healer, the Sustainer of heaven and earth, God is Love, Kind, Just, Holy, the most Powerful, Merciful, God is Invisible.
Names of God in Nigerian Languages:
Various tribes in Nigeria call God different names based on their beliefs and attributes of God e.g.
The Yoruba call God Olodumare, Olorun, etc., meaning the owner of sky, the owner of heaven and king of wonders respectively.
The Igbos call God – Chukwu or Chineke meaning the Great Spirit, God the creator.
Nupe call God Soko, that is the owner of the world.
The Hausas/Fulanis call God – Ubangiji, meaning the Supreme Being.
The Urhobos call God – Oghene, that is, the creator.
The Ijaws call God Tamara, Egbesu that is, the supreme protector.
Ibibio/Efik call Abasi meaning Great God.
Itsekiri call God Oritse, meaning Creator or Mighty God.
The Edos call Osanobua meaning the Source of all being and sustainer of the world.
The Gbagyi call God Shekwoi meaning one who was there before their ancestors.
(i). Who is God?
(ii). Mention and explain five attributes of God.
Assignment: Write what it means when we say God is: Omnipotent, omnipresent, Omniscience, Kind, just, Holy, invisible.
- Give the names of God according to: (i) the Yoruba’s, (ii) the Igbos, (iii) the Hausas.
- All the following are attributes of God except (a). love (b). wisdom (c). spirit
- What is Nupe name for God a. Abasi b. Soko c. Oghene d. Tamara
- What is Gbagyi name for God? (a) Abasi (b) Oritse (c) Shekwoi (d) Osanobua
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