Belief About Deity

OCR Specification

  • Nature of God
    • Beliefs about the nature of God
  • Belief in God
    • Reasons given in support of that belief
  • Miracles
    • Concept of miracles, including different beliefs within Christianity
    • God intervening in the world through:
      • Miracles
      • Jesus
      • Holy Spirit


  • BIBLE - the Christian scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments
  • BIG BANG THEORY - theory about the cause of the beginning of the universe
  • CAUSE - a person or thing that gives rise to an action, phenomenon, or condition
  • CONSCIENCE - a person’s moral sense of right and wrong, viewed as acting as a guide to one’s behaviour
  • COSMOLOGICAL ARGUMENT - an argument for the existence of God which claims that all things in nature depend on something else for their existence, and that the whole cosmos must therefore itself depend on a being which exists independently or necessarily
  • DEITY - a god or goddess
  • DESIGN - purpose or planning that exists behind an action, fact, or object: the appearance of design in the universe
  • ETERNAL - lasting or existing forever; without end. Existing outside of time
  • EVERLASTING - lasting forever or a very long time. Existing before, during and after time
  • EVOLUTION - the process by which different kinds of living organism are believed to have developed from earlier forms during the history of the earth
  • EXORCISM - the expulsion or attempted expulsion of a supposed evil spirit from a person or place
  • JUDGE - someone qualified to decide whether someone is guilty or innocent
  • HOLY SPIRIT - in Christianity, the third person of the Trinity; God as spiritually active in the world
  • INCARNATE - embodied in human form
  • MONOTHEISM - the belief that there is only one god
  • OMNI-BENEVOLENT - all loving
  • OMNIPOTENT - all powerful
  • OMNIPRESENT - existing everywhere at the same time
  • OMNISCIENT - all knowing
  • TRINITY - three parts of the Christian god: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

These keywords are specific to Belief about Deity. To find out more about keywords and command words, see our page on Exam Preparation


'A' Questions

  • What is a miracle?
  • What does omnibenevolent mean?
  • What is faith?
  • Who do Christians believe Jesus is?
  • What does omnipotent mean?
  • What is a God?

'B' Questions

  • What is the Holy Spirit?
  • What is the Trinity?
  • What is the bible?
  • Name two things that Christians might believe about miracles.
  • What is the cosmological argument?
  • What is the teleological argument?

'C' Questions

  • Describe what Christians believe about the Trinity.
  • Describe what Christians believe about Jesus.
  • Describe what Christians believe about the Holy Spirit.
  • Describe what Christians believe about God’s purpose in miracles.
  • Describe what Christians believe about baptism with the Holy Spirit.

'D' Questions

  • Explain why Christians believe in Jesus.
  • Explain Christian beliefs about miracles.
  • Explain why some Christians may not believe in miracles.
  • Explain the Christian beliefs about the nature of God.
  • Explain why Christians believe in the Holy Spirit.
  • Explain why Christians believe God is omni-benevolent.
  • Explain why Christians believe God is omnipotent.

'E' Questions

  • "Darwin disproved there is a God." Discuss this statement.
  • "God cannot exist." Discuss this statement.
  • "There is no way of knowing what God is like." Discuss this statement.
  • "If God existed we would know it." Discuss this statement.
  • "Reason is not enough to believe in God." Discuss this statement.
  • "It is unreliable to base your faith in God on miracles." Discuss this statement.
  • "The bible is an unreliable source of evidence for faith in God." Discuss this statement.

Usually the 'E' question statements are followed by the instructions: "Discuss this statement. You should include different, supported points of view and a personal viewpoint. You must refer to Christianity in your answer."

For the sake of this book these instructions will be reduced to, "Discuss this statement".

Key Quotes


    "The Lord is one."Deuteronomy

    The three parts appear at Jesus' baptism

    "Our father who art in heaven."Lord's Prayer

    "this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleasedGod at Jesus' baptism
    "the word became flesh and dwelt amongst us"John

    "the counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I [Jesus Christ] have said to you"John
    In the Pentecost it shows the Holy Spirit acts as God in the world, performing miracles, inspiring worship and giving the disciples strength to carry on against adversity

    "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."Genesis

    "Jesus, who will judge the living and dead"Peter

    "God you know all things"John

    "With God all things are possible."Matthew

    "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were sinners, Christ died for us."Romans

    "Every word of God is flawless."Proverbs

    "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you."Jeremiah

    "In the power of signs and wonders, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ."Romans

    "Behold, the man has become like one of us knowing good and evil."Genesis
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