What are the requirements of God? I found that question rather intriguing. I, for one, really had to think long and hard to come up with some ideas of what requirements God must have in order to be a God. My requirement compassionate. God must have the required level of compassion, in order to be my God. What are some of your ideas of the requirements of God? I would love to read them! I would really love to hear from our Atheist and other non-believers of what might be a requirement for them. My son who is an Atheist said, "Visible." I thought that was a great requirement. My husband said, "Logical."
It can be either or... You need to put in order those aspects, which must come first, in order for God to be a God for you. Is it the philosophical properties or the tangible characteristics like that of my son's needs...? He needs God to be visible. So you see that's for you to decide. There are no wrong answers here.
Oh you want to know the truthful attributes of the Creator God. His attributes are round shaped without a blemish. He is visible to the believers but invisible who don't want to believe in Him. He is logical as all the wisdom belongs to Him but a non-believer may not understand the wisdom.
He has innumerable attributes; all good without a blemish.
This is at base a stupid question - if you have a god then it is not in your purvey to have requirements for it - in fact this is exactly the argument for why there is no god except as an invention that represents our own ego !
If you want a god that you can 'require' of, then you should move to a religion that has totems, then you can require your god to perform or throw it out and replace it with a different set of skulls, bones and feathers. Or of course you could follow Taoist religion and they will make you a plastic god, replete with electric candles and moving arms, and 'bring down' part of the great spirit into it for you to keep in your house - if this one does not perform then you can de-spirit it and repeat the process with a new one.
The only real requirement for "Godhood" is omnipotence. If God cannot do anything he wishes or is bound by the same natural laws that we are then He is little more than a powerful ET with a little more knowledge of our universe than we have.
No proposed God has ever exhibited things like compassion or love; these are inventions by religion to promote worship. Some Gods have been visible (trees, mountains, animals, etc.) and some have produced detectable actions such as lightning, storms or good harvests. None have been logical - all have been ruled by their emotion, performing actions that we would never accept from our fellow man.
So you feel that God must be all powerful? That he must have maximum rule over everything? So your belief leaves room for multiple Gods. What I mean by this is that a God can be anything or any being with complete power. Is that correct?
As for God being an ET, well he is not of this world and technically he would be classified as an Extra Terrestrial.
If God were visible or had such tangible characteristics then He wouldn't possible be omnipresent anymore. God is spirit, yet His intervention in human affairs, for our good that is, expresses His love for us. Miracles are acts of God.
Well this is just your opinion. I don't think visiblity has anything to do with being all powerful. Why must God be a spirit? So what your saying is that God has to be invisible. That's your requirement basically.
The reason the modern believer views God as spirit is because there is no evidence of his/her existence. Because God cannot be seen, heard, touched or sensed in any way by the human body, then the spiritual explanation has necessarily to hold sway.
The only requirement I would have of any god is that there be actual proof of its existence. Belief is not enough, because the human mind can believe in any fairy tale it wishes to create. Whilst believers will claim that they know in their hearts that their god exists, not one of them has ever seen it.
A lot of people immediately assume God would have to be the three big Os. Maybe he would. But one thing he could never display would be omnipotence. If one did, we could never hope to be a reflection of God. Because of our egos he would end up a reflection of us. Complete invisibility and non intervention in all things physical is almost a requirement in order for people to grow spiritually. Omnipotence would also breed fear. No thing should seek to be recognized as god through fear.
I would make few demands in order to recognize a god. Omnipresence would be a must for me. He would have to be everywhere and in all things.
He would have to look at all life equally and play no favorites in eternity. He could not favor any religion over another and not favor spirituality over complete non belief. He would have to offer eternal existence in communion with his spirit for all consciousness.
I think your son's requirement of "visible" is a bit misguided. In the Ten Commandments it cautions against any graven image, because God has no physicality. A graven image would thus be a lie. Give my regrets to your son; "visible" ain't gonna happen.
God is every bit logical. Any apparent illogicality is only a misinterpretation. But His works go beyond logic and sometimes can seem counterintuitive. Forgiveness is an example. True forgiveness may not seem logical, but only from the viewpoint of ego. After years of blood feuds, forgiveness is the only logical thing to do.
For me, God is a non-physical, spiritual and immortal source of creation. For me, this is the "image" of God. And from Genesis 1:26, so are we. In other words -- baby gods. What else would one expect from a spiritual being? Birds have baby birds; humans have baby humans.
For me, compassion is a given. What else would any parent feel for their infant children? Certainly there are human exceptions and aberrations, but thankfully they are rare.
For me, everything in the Bible that talks of God's vengeance and hate is merely a quaint way of describing the effects of creation. When a suicide perpetrator decides to jump off of a 20-story building, they go splat! That's God "hating" them at the velocity of impact. The real cause there is not God's "emotion," but the perpetrator's decision.
When God created Noah's Flood (and it didn't happen 2348 BC, as Ussher thought it did), this was an act of profound love.
What most seem to ignore or forget is that God's love is for His children, not the Homo sapiens bodies they wear.
That God is the source of all creation is simple enough for me. But having seen the realm of creation a few times in this lifetime, it is not built of the same stuff. In fact, it's not built of anything. It is timeless, spaceless and contains no energy or matter. All of these are too coarse to exist in that realm. Ego is made of energy and time, and thus cannot pass into that realm. Ego may very well be the dirty rags, described by the Nazarene teacher. And these rags prevent a person from making it to Heaven.
Without ego, one has a chance to walk with God and to know Him intimately.
That is a good point. The Old Testament god was physical. He was seen coming down from the heavens in his fiery chariot. So, whatever happened to that god, and why did he become spirit without a body. And if he used to be physical, how did he exist before he created the physical universe?
I lost 4 months with a ban, but that may have been while you were here. I hope you are having a good life. I know it got rough there for a while, but I also noticed you have more guts than most professional boxers!.
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