How Many Different Names Does God Have?


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Across religious traditions, countless names are used for “God” or the divine. While some religions use no names in reference to the divine, most use a number of names or understand God as having an infinite number of names.

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The various names used in reference to God concepts across religious traditions highlight the various characteristics or activities of God. However, some religious systems, such as Buddhism, don't believe in the existence of an omnipotent and anthropomorphic God, and therefore, have no names in its reference.

Christianity uses a number of names in reference to God, such as Yahweh, Elohim, Christ, Father and Jehovah. Hindu traditions view God as having an infinite number of names that refer to God’s qualities, characteristics and activities. These qualities are represented by myriad gods and goddesses.

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