God the Father
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ed title given to God
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in many monotheistic religions, particularly patriarchal
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, Abrahamic ones. In Judaism, God is called Father because he is the creator, life-giver, law-giver, and protector. In traditional Christianity, God is also called Father because of the Father-Son relationship revealed by Jesus Christ
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as well as the reasons mentioned above.
In general, the name Father signifies God's role as a life-giver, an authority
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, and powerful protector, often viewed as immense, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent with infinite power and charity
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that goes beyond human understanding.