The Quest: A Karaite Perspective
Over time, I have built up relationships and friendships with people from all different backgrounds. Some of those acquaintances and friends are believers in a theistic universe, others prefer to label themselves as atheists or humanists but still haven't come to grasp with their own reality that by even claiming to be atheist so many of them still believe in a unicentric force that served as the original point of all existence. It is to them, that I am addressing this article specifically. The concept of God as a male deity, with flowing beard and outstretched hands, ruling over us in our day to day lives, and engaging us on a personal basis is a comfort to many people but far from the reality of God's being, "That Is What Has Always Been, Is and Will Be." The humanization of God may be the only way in which some believers can find a deeper relationship and understanding of the Creator but essentially, those that can trust simply in the "Presence That Exists" are probably far stronger in their faith and this includes many atheists that reject the humanized portrayal of God as provided by many religions, but have no difficulty in accepting the cosmic entity that is without gender, without human characteristics and without human foibles.
God Is Dead?
Firstly, that which has no beginning and no end cannot die. So for those that wish to believe such is the case, then again, I would say that they have no real understanding of the concept of God. Similarly, for those that wish to say that Yeshua is God and he died and then came back again, I would like to point out that God cannot die and therefore to even think that was possible, requiring a resurrection points out the error in that belief. Furthermore, how could there even be a belief in God wishing to experience death, when all along He knew he could not die. The two events are contradictory and those that cannot appreciate this fact are still committed to a pagan mindset without any true appreciation of the manifest Glory of God. To them, God has to be human before he can be God and that immediately imposes obvious limitations on the Creator. Sadly, they are limited by the scope of their own language where the word God is nothing more than a noun. They have bound the concept of God to the human world in which they exist, and as such, a God being born, a God dying, is within the scope of their limited imagination. But in truth, God is not only a noun, but a verb, an adjective and every other grammatical index. God is action, God is events, God is in everything that surrounds us, and is even within us, so how can those that wish to follow this fallacy of God being dead, or having died only to live again even adhere to such concepts that violate every principle of what the Creator of the Universe should be? We are probably closer to comprehending the true nature of God if we think of Him (and I only use the male gender for ease of literary expression) as a VERB and completely eliminate any attempt to visualize Him as a NOUN. It is only as the noun that something can die, where death is the action verb, but as soon as you come to realize that death is God, just in the same manner that living is God as well, then you come to grips with the foolishness of any statement that tries to portray God as dying or being dead.
Much as my atheists friends would like to view the Big Bang as the creation event without asking themselves the question "WHY?" as in why bother, or why exist at all, they do appreciate one thing that those that humanized God do not: that God is the integrating principle in the universe even though they refrain from using the word God and adopt any other scientific term they can lay their hands on. But one thing which all of must accept, there is a harmony in the universe. The atheists, the physicist, the natural scientists, all admit through their own physical studies of the universe that much is beyond question. But for harmony to exist, then it can only do so by intentional design. Harmony is a structured process, requiring many parts or systems to integrate into a synergy that is greater than each individual part. Such harmony cannot be the result of random, chaotic events. That type of hit or miss approach would prevent any form of evolution because it would be constantly wiping itself from existence. Therefore we can even view evolution as an intentional design and there is absolutely no reason to believe it would not be one of the natural laws or tools that is in itself, God. To some religious fundamentalists, accepting that evolution is part of religious design may be upsetting, even the mention of the word 'evolution' makes them gasp and shudder. But evolution is merely a dynamic process that ensures an ever-changing world will continue to exist. Religion in itself has evolved as soon as it accepts that change is part of the greater design of the universe and since God is the promoter, designer, artistic genius behind that ultimate design, then appreciating the role of evolution in His works should be as simple as taking a breath. It is natural, it is autonomic, and creation and evolution are all part of that essential harmony.
He is Not an IT
I will continue to use the male gender expressions for God, not because I believe he is male but because he is the God of mankind. And just as mankind being a male expression is all inclusive of all people, of both gender, all races and all differences, then my reference to 'He' is being used exactly in the same manner. Unfortunately it is our language that suffers from limitations, just as in the case that it attempts to pigeon-hole words into nouns or verbs, etc, not easily adapting itself to a word that can transcend all grammatical components, so to, it has limited itself in a pronoun sense to those things which are male, female and less than human or inanimate. It would be denigrating to place God into the third category and therefore automatically, it has become our habit or custom to use the first or masculine category. But we must realize that due to the limitations of our linguistic expression, God is by all definitions an 'it', neither male nor female, definitely not human, and certainly manifest in all inanimate objects that make up our world. Therefore whenever the masculine expressions of 'he, his or him' are being used, we must automatically realize that what is being inferred is something far greater than 'it' to a magnitude that is beyond our comprehension and therefore requiring a word that does not yet exist in our language. Perhaps we should view the entirety of existence in four categories of pronouns, these being; He, She, It and God, thereby letting all know that when they see or use the word God, that it is all three of the previous categories and yet still far more.