In Judaism and Christianity, it is a grave sin to take the name of God in vain.
God is also referred to as Shekhinah, which is God manifested as a female, in Kabbalah, a tradition of Jewish mysticism.
In order to both honor the divine and invoke their security, there are several "theophoric" names that embed the name of God or a god into a name. Examples include Theophile (French), Bogomil (Russian), Amadeus (Italian), and Gottlieb (German).
Many religions have martyrs, early believers who, by giving their lives for their faith, displayed their ultimate devotion to God.
Most Christians believe that from their original privileged place within existence, human beings have fallen through sin. The doctrine of the fall maintains that human nature is thoroughly corrupted and only by involvement in the divine grace of God can goodness be attained.
As the personification of space, time, and matter, from whose womb all was born, including the other gods, the Great Goddess of Neolithic times was worshipped.
The central figure of religion for many neolithic cultures was the Mother Goddess, or Great Goddess.
The ancient Egyptian god, killed and cut his brother-god Osiris to pieces. Goddess Isis put him back together, but she was unable to find his penis. As such, Osiris temples often feature phallic art and statues.
The Jewish Kabbalah notes that the eternal God had to contract within Himself to create room for life. Then God poured out His light into containers that were broken because they were unable to hold Him. The broken vessels are the world they made.
For failing to keep him from temptation and evil, a Romanian man convicted of murder tried to sue God in court