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What was 'God'?

What was 'God'?
April 11, 2012, 05:36:54 PM
Before being sidelined, dismantled, explained, and 'understood' by all-knowing, omniscient, intelligent people, God was that perfect leader people seek.
"Who can we trust?" People wonder.
"Who is wise and powerful, constant and benign?"
Who else but God?

But who is God?
Or rather, what was God, before we did away with Him?
Because it was the idea of a who, as opposed to a what, that did the deed.
Humans drifted into ego, which is a who.
And away from an it, which is distinct from the self.

It becomes a simple matter of perspective:
Focusing on 'who', instead of 'what', is at the heart of the dysfunction of modern man.
Which carries more power and purpose?
"I am a man." Or: "I am Henry"?

Henry is only Henry. He may be smart. He may be strong. But still, he is only Henry.
But when a man is Man, he is the whole of mankind.
Created in God's image. Of God. Godlike, in his way.

God is what is, whether or not men see Him as what was.
Like a wall-socket: there to be plugged into. Or not.
The power-source. Used, or not used.
Intellect is a poor substitute for all the power of the universe.


 

Re: What was 'God'?
April 11, 2012, 05:59:30 PM
The only thing I do not agree with is when people say God is a "Force" or "energy". This is not star-wars. God is way beyond that.

Re: What was 'God'?
April 11, 2012, 06:04:27 PM
Of course. But how does one describe what can not be described?
Paradox.

Re: What was 'God'?
April 11, 2012, 06:05:45 PM
They say it has to be done describing what it is not. But I really know very little about it.

Re: What was 'God'?
April 11, 2012, 06:27:04 PM
For all I know is that
He is all and nothing at the same time

Re: What was 'God'?
April 11, 2012, 06:29:13 PM
Paradox. The very nature of truth.

Re: What was 'God'?
April 11, 2012, 06:51:22 PM
He is all and nothing at the same time

Is that the "nihilism"?

Re: What was 'God'?
April 11, 2012, 07:22:47 PM
God is what is
This makes sense. God is what remains when human perceptual filters and biases are removed.

"Anyone who seeks the truth seeks God, whether or not he realizes it." - St. Edith Stein

Re: What was 'God'?
April 11, 2012, 07:33:29 PM
God is what remains when human perceptual filters and biases are removed.


Go out into the world and manifest this thing :)

Phoenix

Re: What was 'God'?
April 12, 2012, 12:08:39 AM
Paradox. The very nature of truth.

Paradox is reality, and reality is paradox. Paradox is a perpetual cycle, self-sustaining, and it never makes sense, the meaning is always in motion.

Re: What was 'God'?
April 13, 2012, 02:02:28 AM
God=Good

God is the good in everyone, every object. in everything. To find God, you most find the good in everything.

Re: What was 'God'?
April 13, 2012, 02:06:45 AM
Agreed.
Sometimes I think the original writer of Genesis made a cosmic typo.
He spelled Good as God, and look at all the trouble it's caused.
Our problem, today, is an increasing inability to see the Good.
As long as you, and I, and a few others can still see it, all is not yet lost.


Re: What was 'God'?
April 13, 2012, 02:14:36 AM
Yeah, I dunno.

To me, information came before matter. There is some intelligence and design to it all. I don't think it's conscious in the way we are. I don't think its anthropomorphic although I do think the human form is essential to the universe, and it's likely that humans and monkeys have co-existed everywhere as a kind of species and shadow species relationship.

If God is there, it's that design. Something vast and beautiful.

I think owing to the nature of time itself, the soul persists after death.

I don't think God has anything to do with that, except that it's part of the design.

As I say too frequently:
I have only one spiritual belief, and that is adualism.

Re: What was 'God'?
April 13, 2012, 08:34:51 AM
Reality knows that it is, or what it is, as knowing and being are inseparable.  Beyond that there is nothing else to know.  Human consciousness is self-defining, it limits itself and is therefore is constantly in motion, pure consciousness already knows everything and is therefore unchanging.  When the ego dies only reality remains.

Re: What was 'God'?
April 13, 2012, 10:35:54 AM
God has many interpretations, for some its wishful thinking, or being a part of something greater than life, for others its a projection of life and death.

God might have become a commodity at some point.