Couldn't it be said that God is "no thing" -- not a physical construct or created object? If one posits a source of the universe (and logically existence of anything seems to demand a source) then this "nothing" could be the source of every "thing." In a similar vein, the "place" from which the Big Bang was constructed was likely "no place," for space did not exist "beforehand." And the moment before the Big Bang was likely "no time," because the persistence of the space-time continuum required a source, too. So, the direction of that "no thing" would be perpendicular to all we know. Thoughts?
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@PlanksandNails, a delightful answer. Very thought-provoking. I think I see in your struggle to answer the difficulty we have with our limited and limiting language.
Thanks, @cloudy_cool, for a thoughtful answer. I have seen such beauty without a face, and I have seen the physical without physical eyes.
Yes, @Deynna. It's His universe.
Thanks, @Born Again 05. And a beautiful design it is.
I would dare say that His design included all 13.7 billion years of the universe's history which includes evolution in all its beauty.
I agree, @Ken Barton, that our finite minds cannot come close, but we can approach infinite with humility and awaken the infinite part of ourselves -- the true self (soul, spirit, Holy Ghost), within.
@Darrell Roberts, thanks for your thoughtful answer.
If no one was around to think about God... yes, God would exist.
Is an artist the same as his paintings? I don't think so.
So true, @Felixedet2000. I have known God exists my entire life. I was born knowing it.
If an artist makes a painting of a landscape, is the artist the painting? The landscape? The view?
Thanks, @arksys, for your thoughtful answer. By "something" do you mean spirit? By "everything" do you mean physical substance? I would then ask, is an artist ever their painting or statue?
Wonderful answer, @Porshadoxus.
No, I never assumed that matter and energy were the only states of existence. There's also space and time. And, as you said, spirit.
God, to me, is perfect source of all, but He isn't these things.
And like an mason who builds a house of brick, is the mason the house? The bricks?
@DGuerrero, thanks for the answer.
You say God is "within" all things. But does that make Him "all things?" For instance, is God a rock? A graven image?
While I love your detailed response, I do see the big bang everynight. And I also see angels... if he is a spirit, state of mind and even of the corporeal fashion, then I do see such subjects.
Do you think that he is psychic?
Thank you, @sharonchristy, for your passion. I love the strength of your love of God and His Son, Yehoshua.
I ask such questions because I want to understand what people think.
Big Bang? God created it and evolution, too.
@LoryRich, I like your words, "God in them" (dieu en moi), and "His formless nature."
I too, long to awaken fully.
Thanks for your thoughtful answer, @1morning.
If a "thing" can be defined as something physical (including space and time), then God would be made of these?
Is a sculptor ever their statue?
And what is a "creator?"
Why does the lord need to be physical to know when he is and is not there? I believe in nothing, because the only truth of the lord are his thoughts that fill the voids of existence, and all of creation is nothing but fields of light interacting.
A most interesting answer. So, we are to God what cockroaches are to us? ;)
When we truly follow Christ, we become one with God and start to understand Him, if only a little.
Outstanding discussion, @Joseph Kemp.
I have pondered on this for half a century and I keep learning.
But I've seen the limits of logic. Logic is continuity-based, just like reality and science. Creation is a discontinuity.
Why analyze the Bible? For the same reason we ever read it -- to understand it. Many people (everyone?) misunderstand it, because they bring their own ideas, rather than an empty cup to be filled.
Thank you, @SpaceAge, for your short, but potent, answer.
An "Eternal person?" What do you mean by "person?" Like a Homo sapiens person? ;)
@Gloshei, He is my "rock," too.
I'm not sure what you mean by "No." I agree, certainly, that He is here. But He is formless and not made of physical substance -- thus the prohibition against graven images, because they would be a lie
Thanks, @mirza. Nice thought about a method to "see" God.
We do have it. And it has been with us since the beginning. It is the small, still voice, within (1 Kings 19). It is the true self -- available through humility and hunger.
Very Zen, indeed, @trecords0. Delightful!
Perhaps the answering makes our concept of Him "something." No doubt He would remain the same no matter what our beliefs and "definitions."
Are you familiar with the Buddhist paramitas?
Thanks, @antoinetteburch5. Yes, God IS.
@Le_connaisseur, beautifully put.
Does it disrespect anyone to get to know them better? I'm glad you respect the Heavenly Father. That is a very good thing.
Some are offended by their own misinterpretation
Thanks, @Seek-n-Find. Delightful answer.
Are you saying that Jesus is God?
I suppose I've always thought of "things" as physical -- even space and time.
I like what you said about "no time" and eternal. Perhaps God came not before time, but above
A beautiful story, @greencap, but was God the trees? The boat? The galaxies?
If you define a "thing" as something physical, would this include God? Or is He not a physical object?
Thanks for your answer, @Mark Pitrek.
Nice paradox -- neither something nor nothing. Perhaps not between the two, but above them?
A most wonderful answer, @CheapDaisy. I like the metaphor of seeds and flowers.
But isn't that the nature of creation? Something from nothing? God spoke and the Word was a template or blueprint of existence. And then God rested. Why?
Curious, @Obscure_Treasures, that you believe in the Almighty, but not in God. How do you define these?
Thanks, @Dave. An answer beautiful in its simplicity and power.
I understand, @kat74.
I'm reminded of the prohibition against "graven images." God is so much more than a "thing" -- anything. And that is truly beautiful.
@bright_sorcerer, an intriguing discussion.
Could conflict involve money, lust, possessiveness, revenge and other things besides religion?
And, if conflict can involve other things, is there a common-denominator behind all of them?
Beautiful, @inawomansworld. May we all follow the Lord so that our own souls are saved.
@CreamT0632, interesting answer. I, too, have thought of God as "motivation" and a guide. But He would seem to be much more.
How can god be something if there is nothing? All matter is comprised of light particles at particular frequencies that give shape to the hallowness of existence. Does someone named the Alpha and Omega truly exist as an object or a field of energy?
Wonderful, @Ambassador Butler.
And yet, every "thing" that has been created can be uncreated. Could that be what is meant by "Alpha and Omega?"
I like the idea you present about God existing irrespective of what the mind dictates.
I have felt the presence of God and long to return permanently
@RishiKS, interesting answer, but not exactly an answer to my question.
You speak of dichotomy, but God is far beyond such "created" things.
I have thought that "ego" (the false self) may be the devil, in many ways
Beautiful conviction, @IndiaGuide.
God is everything? Is a cobbler the shoes he makes? Is a contractor the building he and his team makes?
Certainly God IS. "Here?" Perhaps everywhere and nowhere, for space is a creation, too
@deblevey726, wow. What an answer!
I suppose God as the "ultimate reality" depends on your definition of "reality." What is "real" for one person isn't necessarily "real" for another. What is real for the astrophysicist, isn't to the cockroach.
Where is here? Are you saying that he wrote you to be where you now are through the divine art of heaven?
Thanks, @Lucy. God certainly is the ultimate "cause" -- perfect source. Likewise, He is the reason that I'm here today.
God is everything. In the metaphorical sense? In the sense foundation of reality? Yet, an artist is not their canvas.
Powerful answer, @saisarannaga.
Do you suggest that space is "nothing?" What if it were a created something?
Light from the edge of the universe has reached Earth, but stars have been born who's light hasn't reached us, yet
Technically "god" did not create Adam, the one who said "let us create man in the likeness of our image did. And to make the job easier for whoever it is that is fighting the devil think of the trinity sign as a knot.
Thanks @dixie. And what is the "image of God?" It certainly is not Homo sapiens. So, we are basically non-physical, spiritual and immortal sources of creation. Not ego or human.
Thanks @Knowing Truth, for your questions.
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