Is God all powerful — able to do anything? Knowing everything? Being everywhere? Those who say yes then say any other view means God is not God. So said the Greek philosophers, but not the Bible.

The Hebrew Bible and the Christian Bible have many views of God that vary widely. They say God chooses roles that are not all powerful or all knowing. God is imaged as a mother and a father long before Jesus — with the love and the limits of a parent. My wife and I were never all powerful even when our kids were infants! And we chose to limit our control as they grew: we wisely chose not to be dictator parents! The God I believe in chooses not to be a dictator parent — with all the frustration that causes!

Virginia Capital News Service reported a Legislator who believes in a dictator God who is mean and vengeful! Bob Marshall of Manassas, Virginia, says disabled children are God's punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy. "The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically," he said. Factually he is wrong. He is stating his belief in a god opposite to Jesus Christ! Reported February 22, 2010.

Can God be all powerful in an earth system of tectonic plates that cause earthquakes and tsunamis? Is God all knowing when a nation can invade another, causing unspeakable horrors? Can God be both all powerful and knowing who lets a terrorist shoot a gynecologist who has helped countless women birth their babies while that physician is giving bulletins to fellow worshippers and his wife is in the choir?