Who Is The Real & True God In The World? Only One God Or Many?!

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In This article, we will discuss who is the real and true God. We will clarify the attributes of a true God and mention the most popular worshipped Gods in the world. The article will review the attributes of these Gods objectively as believed by their original followers. It will also answer the most commonly asked critical questions regarding this topic.

Are all Religions In The World Worshiping The Same God?

People all over the world tend to believe in a supreme power that handles the universe or even holds their happiness and well-being. That is regardless of their background or religion. Even Atheists who claim to believe in no hidden power- namely God, do believe in the power of nature or even the power of money, family, or success. 

In response to such beliefs, people raise this power to the status of a deity where they dignify this power and follow it in different ways (worship). 

This widely varies among people, where they differ in their perception of this supreme power (God) and their way of worship. 

If we acknowledge there are numerous worshiped Gods nowadays, which of these numerous Gods could be true?

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Is The Concept Of The Real God True?

First, to discuss which God could be true, we should initially agree on the presence of God. Although that is not our scope of research in this context, we will simply clarify it in this section.

In brief, the presence of God is essentially logical and intellectually compatible. The creation of the world from nothing, the precise engineering of the universe, the care we encounter during life, and several revelations calling to God as well as many other reasons, are evidence of the inevitability of God.

Besides, imagining the opposite leads to the feeling of chaos, irrationality, and confusion. That’s actually not the case in this harmonized, precisely created universe. In fact, science unveils its secrets from time to time to support the fact of the presence of God.

If you want to learn more about the presence of God, check to the following: Is There a True Religion? – Explore Islam

How Many Gods Are There?

There are numerous worshiped Gods worldwide that are estimated to be hundreds or even thousands. The exact numbers are unclear and vary between different researchers.

In this article, we will discuss the major names claimed/thought to be divine throughout the most popular religions. It is apparently impossible to include all Gods or Goddesses all over history in a single article. However, we will include the basis and standards by which any person could decide for any claimed God whether he is true or not.

Who Is The Real & True God In The World Only One God Or Many!

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Which God Is The Real God?

True God should be one and couldn’t be three or more. This could be explained by understanding the true meaning of God.

God is the highest, the most powerful, the most glorified of all. He is unique in his attributes and no one should be equal or similar to him. 

If we assume there is more than one God, then we actually denied the divinity of them all. That’s because we made them equal whereas God should always be unique. 

Besides, if we made one God more superior to the others, then we actually acknowledged the concept of oneness and denied other Gods. Assuming these less superior Gods are a kind of helpers or responsible for certain divine actions is actually an insult to God.

Also, the concept of polytheism allows chaos in the universe and negates any form of harmonization we see in it.

What Are The Attributes Of A Real And True God?

The attributes of a true God have specific standards. The term ‘God’ requires special, indispensable, logical qualities that are associated with Him being God.

#1- God Is One

The true God should be One and couldn’t be more. As we discussed in the previous section, polytheism logically negates the very true definition of God as being the most superior of all. 

It also assumes that this universe is shared by many deities. It is impossible as these powerful deities would intervene in each other’s power which limits their extreme power and negates the fact in this precise, harmonized world.

#2- God Is Unique

The true God should be unique where no one is similar to him at all. That is because if God is like any of his creations, he wouldn’t be more than a creation himself. If God is needy, with limited abilities, exposed to dangers, and dies like his creation, then he couldn’t be God

The sustainer of all shouldn’t be sustained. The one who holds the life of all, shouldn’t die. The One who created the heavens and earth shouldn’t be weak.

#3- God Is Superior

The true God’s attributes are superior to anything and everything. He knows more than anyone, he has the highest strength and power, he sees better than anyone, he hears more than anyone… etc. 

The one who created everything should be superior to what he created.

#4- God Has The Best Attributes

The true God should have the best of attributes. His attributes should be exceptional and perfect. He should be The All-Knowing, The Merciful, The Wise, The Omnipotent…etc.

He shouldn’t by any means be unjust, limited, needy, or ignorant. The imperfection and limitedness are the attributes of creation, which shouldn’t apply to the creator. 

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Are Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva The True God?

Brahma is the God of creation, Shiva is the destroyer, and Vishnu is the protector according to Hinduism. After comprehensive research in the Hindu faith, we concluded that they couldn’t be the true God for several reasons, and we will mention some.

1. Hindu God Had Associated Partners And Sons

Hinduism is a polytheistic belief that includes several Gods and Goddesses. This fact negates the oneness of God which is one of the fundamental attributes of a true God. 

2. Brahma Sprang from The Cosmic Golden Egg

It was mentioned in Hindu references that Brahma sprang from the cosmic golden egg. This fact appears quite fictional as how could Brahma -who is thought to be the creator in Hindu beliefs- have a beginning rather than such a fictional one?

3. Brahma Had Several Wives

Brahma had several wives. His wives bore him sons and Vedas (The holy books of Hinduism). This n.negates the fact that God should be unique and superior over his creation. God doesn’t have wives as do human beings. He actually doesn’t need that and is far above sexual relationships or desires.

The holy scriptures of God are -in fact- the words of God and His revelation. They are not born of God as this doesn’t make sense.

4. Hindu Gods feared men’s Power

Hindu Gods feared men could become more powerful and challenge their reign. This idea is -by all means- negating the attributes of a true God. It associates fear, weakness, and challenge to God, which is actually an insult to God.

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Is Buddha The True God?

Buddha cannot be the true God. Buddha is the founder of one of the major religions in the world, Buddhism. In fact, he didn’t claim to be God or divine. However, he was the first to reach the state of enlightenment according to Buddhists. Buddhists don’t even believe in a specific God or deity.

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Is Yahweh or Jehovah The True God?

Jehovah is the English translation of the name Yahweh who is the God believed in by Jews. The concept of God in The Old Testament tends to be the humanization of God. This is apparent in several verses where they describe God in the attributes of a limited human being. These are some of these attributes according to The Bible Old Testament:

  • God was described as a man having white hair and white clothes. 
  • When he gets angry, smoke comes out of his nose and fire comes out of his mouth. (Psalm 18:8)
  • He transports by riding an angel.
  • He got a rest out of tiredness after he finished the creation of the heavens and earth. (Genesis 2:2)
  • He quarreled with one of his messengers ‘Jacob’ where Jacob defeated him. (Genesis 32:22-32)

These attributes make God a weak, limited human being, not a superior, powerful God. This actually doesn’t make Jehovah the true God.

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Is Jesus The True God?

Jesus couldn’t be the true God. He is a human being who was born from the womb of a woman, ate food, wore clothes, rode donkeys, and finally crucified and died -according to Christians’ belief. All these attributes support the fact of his humanity, not his divinity. His miracles don’t necessarily support his divinity. However, it supports the fact he was sent with a revelation from the true God.

Jesus Couldn’t be The Son of God. As we previously clarified, God is superior and unique where He doesn’t bear sons. Besides, God doesn’t need to crucify his claimed son to forgive people’s sins, He is the best Forgiver. He is also just and doesn’t punish someone for the sin of another.

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Is Muhammad The True God in Islam?

Muhammad is not the true God. He is a human being with limited attributes and qualities. Muhammad never claimed to be God nor ordered people to worship him. However, he said he is God’s servant and messenger who was sent with a revelation from God like the previous messengers.

Muhammad (PBUH) said: “Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians exaggeratedly praised the son of Mary (Jesus Christ), for I am only a Slave. So, call me the Slave of Allah and His messenger.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 3445)

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Is Allah The True God?

Allah is not a special God for Muslims. However, Allah is the Arabic name of The True God. “Allah” is the same word used by Christian and Jewish Arabs in the Bible. 

When we refer to Allah, we usually use the pronoun “He”. “He” is used only out of respect and dignity – not for gender.

Allah’s attributes were mentioned in His revelations throughout history. His final preserved revelation; The Quran mentions his attributes which perfectly match the attributes of the true God. We will clarify these attributes in the following paragraphs.

A. The Oneness Of Allah 

God says in The Quran He is only One. He stressed on the fact of His Oneness several times in the holy book; the Quran.

1. Allah (SWT) clarified His Oneness

Allah (SWT) clarified His Oneness in plenty of verses. We will only mention a few in that context.

  • Allah (SWT) said in the Quran: “And your god is one God. There is no deity [worthy of worship] except Him, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.” (Quran 2:163)
  • He also said: “Allah! There is no god ˹worthy of worship˺ except Him” (Quran 2:255)
  • Allah (SWT) revealed to all prophets He is One. He (SWT) said: “We never sent a messenger before you ˹O Prophet˺ without revealing to him: “There is no god ˹worthy of worship˺ except Me, so worship Me ˹alone˺.” (Quran 21:25)

2. Allah (SWT) Responded to Those Who Associate Partners With Allah.

  • Allah (SWT) responded to those who associate partners with Allah by stating that they all perish, die, and become destroyed except Allah.

“And do not invoke any other god with Allah. There is no god ˹worthy of worship˺ except Him. Everything is bound to perish except He Himself. All authority belongs to Him. And to Him, you will ˹all˺ be returned.” (Quran 28:88)

  • Allah (SWT) also clarified that these allegedly claimed deities other than/with Allah (SWT) don’t hold any good or harm for anyone, so, how come they make them Gods?

“Tell them, ˹O Prophet,˺ “How can you worship besides Allah those who can neither harm nor benefit you?” (Quran 5:76)

  • Allah (SWT) clarified that those false deities are only weak creatures like yourselves!

“Indeed, those you [polytheists] call upon besides Allāh are servants [i.e., creations] like you. So call upon them and let them respond to you if you should be truthful.” (Quran 7:194)

  • Allah (SWT) clarified that those false deities cannot create even a small fly!

“O humanity! A lesson is set forth, so listen to it ˹carefully˺: those (false deities)  you invoke besides Allah can never create ˹so much as˺ a fly, even if they ˹all˺ were to come together for that.” (Quran 22:73)

3. Allah (SWT) Responded to Polytheists.

  • Allah (SWT) clarified that if there were Gods other than Allah, this Universe would be in chaos.

 He (SWT) said: “Had there been other gods besides Allah in the heavens or the earth, both ˹realms˺ would have surely been corrupted” (Quran 21:22)

  • Allah (SWT) clarified that if there were Gods beside Allah they would dominate over each other.

“Allah has never had ˹any˺ offspring, nor is there any god besides Him. Otherwise, each god would have taken away what he created, and they would have tried to dominate one another.” (Quran 23:91)

4. Allah (SWT) Responded to Those Who Claimed a Wife and Son to God

  • Allah (SWT) said He is glorified to have a son. 

He said: “And they say, “The Most Merciful has taken [for Himself] a son. You have done an atrocious thing. The heavens almost rupture at it, and the earth splits and the mountains fall, crumbling: that they have attributed a son to the All-Merciful! And it is not appropriate for the Most Merciful that He should take a son.” (Quran 19:88-92)

  • Allah (SWT) doesn’t have a son, as He doesn’t have a wife in the first place:

“How could He have a son when He does not have a companion [i.e., wife]” (Quran 6:101)

5. Allah (SWT) Commented on Jews And Christians’ Belief in God

Allah (SWT) commented on Jews’ and Christians’ beliefs many times in the Quran. Allah (SWT) said he sent them revelations through prophets and messengers such as Moses, Jesus, and finally, Muhammad to worship Allah alone without any partners. This indicates that submission to God alone; which is the literal meaning of the word Islam, was the message of all prophets.

However, they mimicked the beliefs of others who used to associate others with Allah. It is apparent through history that modern Christianity is somehow inspired by the Old Greek philosophy and beliefs. 

Allah (SWT) said in The Quran: “And the Jews said, “Ezra is the son of Allah,” and the Christians said, “The Messiah is the son of Allah.”….they emulate the saying of those who denied earlier. ” (Quran 9:30)

“They have taken their rabbis and their monks as lords apart from Allah, as well as the Messiah, son of Mary, although they were commanded to worship none but one God (Allah)” (Quran 9:31)

B. Allah Is Unique

Allah is unique and different from his creation. This fact is clarified in the Quran in several verses. Allah (SWT) said: “There is nothing like Him, for He ˹alone˺ is the All-Hearing, All-Seeing.” (Quran 42:11)

Allah is always described as being unique. You would never find qualities of his creation associated with him. He is always glorified, beyond limitedness.

C. Allah Is Superior

Allah is superior over his creation. He is The most high, The most Powerful, The most Omnipotent. Allah clarified his superiority in several verses as: “Glorify the Name of your Lord, the Most High” (Quran 87:1)

Unlike other false Gods, you would never find Allah described as being weak or defeated by anyone.

D. Allah Has The Best Attributes

Allah has the best and the perfect attributes. He is far away from imperfection. He is The Just, The All-Knowing, The most Merciful, The most Forgiving…etc. 

Allah said in the Quran: “Allah—there is no god ˹worthy of worship˺ except Him. He has the Most Beautiful Names.” (Quran 20:8)

He also said: “Allah has the Most Beautiful Names. So call upon Him by them, and keep away from those who deviate His Names from the truth” (Quran 7:180)

You would never find Allah described by fearing anyone or anything or punishing someone for the sin of another.

Allah is The True and Real God

Read the Quran to explore more about Allah’s perfect attributes!

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Conclusion| Do All Religions Lead to The True God?

All Religions don’t lead to the true God. Each religion has its own perception of God or the supreme power behind this universe which may be due to a true revelation from God or due to influence of culture and folklore.

In this article, we discussed the most popular worshiped Gods all over the world. We clarified the attributes that should logically apply to the true God. Then, we examined the attributes of each God to see if He truly fits these attributes.

After a long research, we reached the conclusion that Allah is the One True God who deserves worship. We clarified His attributes in detail and mentioned supporting evidence from His final revelation the Quran.

It is worth mentioning that Allah is the true God worshiped by all previous messengers as Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. However, people corrupted their message and lost the true authentic scriptures. 

If you want to read more about this topic and know more details, refer to these articles: Islam Is The Message of All Prophets and Which Religion Came First In The World.

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Samaa Muhammad is an academic Pharmacy Lecturer, web writer, and Islamic researcher. Besides Samaa's work in the academic field at Cairo University, She has been researching in several Islamic fields; such as The Quran and Sunnah. Moreover, she reads in comparative religion, especially Christianity and Judaism. Samaa Muhammad has several articles discussing The authorship of The Quran and The Bible, The True God, and The True Religion as well. Her articles are academic, objective, and well-discussed. Samaa believes everyone has the right to ask, read, and learn. So, she is always keen on self-learning and helping others to learn as well.