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personal god

n. A deity who can be related to or thought of as a person, through an anthropomorphized persona, rather than an impersonal, and faceless, force of nature—an example of a personal god is the Abrahamic God of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—and a god with whom one cannot have a personal relationship.

Personal god

A personal god is a deity who can be related to as a person instead of as an impersonal force, such as the Absolute, " the All", or the "Ground of Being".

In the scriptures of the Abrahamic religions, God is described as being a personal creator, speaking in the first person and showing emotion such as anger and pride, and sometimes appearing in anthropomorphic shape. In the Pentateuch, for example, God talks with and instructs his prophets and is conceived as possessing volition, emotions (such as anger, grief and happiness), intention, and other attributes characteristic of a human person. Personal relationships with God may be described in the same ways as human relationships, such as a Father, as in Christianity, or a Friend as in Sufism.

A 2008 survey by the Pew Research Center reported that, of U.S. adults, 60% view that "God is a person with whom people can have a relationship," while 25% believe that "God is an impersonal force." A 2008 survey by the National Opinion Research Center reports that 67.5% of U.S. adults believe in a personal god.

Usage examples of "personal god".

I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly.

And although Bardo himself eschewed a personal God or any formal notions as to how a man should relate to the godhead, he, as Master of Novices, was required to respect all of humanity's religions, even the most totalitarian and bizarre.

A personal god, furthermore, sits now behind the laws of the universe, not in front of them.

I believe in a personal God, who speaks to me as He did to Thomas Kenworthy.