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God the Father is the first Person of the Trinity, the others being Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. Most Christians believe in one God who exists in three Persons, a doctrine that cannot be fully understood by the human mind, but which has become a key doctrine in Christianity. Through Jesus, God the Father created the universe, the earth, and everything in it. God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, and He has always existed. As Muslims accept portions of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, many Islamic sects would consider the Christian God the Father to be the same Person as Allah, although they do not believe in the deity of Jesus. Likewise, given that Christians view Christianity as the fulfillment of Jewish prophecies, the Christian God would be the same Person as the one in Jewish Scripture. God the Father is known by many names. The most frequently occurring name by which He is known is "Lord," which is translated "Jehovah" in some versions. The Hebrew word from which "God" is translated most frequently is "Elohim." In some Scriptural references, He is known as "Jehovah-Elohim." The word "El" itself is sometime used in reference to God, particularly when the reference is to the power of God. Another word from which some say that "Elohim" is derived is "Alah," which is where Islam gets "Allah." Among the Patriarchs, God was known as "God Almighty" which, in Hebrew, is "El-Shaddai." That word is first used when God appeared to Abram and said, "I am God Almighty (El-Shaddai); walk before me, and be thou perfect." Used as a name of God, "Adonai" occurs about three hundred times in the Old Testament, although it is often used in its plural, which may be a reference to the Trinity. God is known by many names that are compounded with "Jehovah." These include "Jehovah-Jireh," "Jehovah-Rophe," "Jehovah-Nissi," "Jehovah-M'Kaddesh," "Jehovah-Shalom," "Jehovah-Tsidkenu," "Jehovah-Rohi," and "Jehovah-Shammah."



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