nature of god
The Nature of God
Not sure I can do justice to a topic like this, but I’m willing to give it a try. Way too many people misunderstand Who God IS, and what He’s like. I often hear of Him as being nothing more than a construct of men. A figment of our imagination. Makebelieve, in order to satisfy a thirst for knowing the unknown, or unknowable. To answer life’s mysteries. A myth, or a fairy tale.
Then there are those who make Him out to be a mere “force”, like electromagnetism, or gravity, only of a higher order. Like in the Star Wars Series.
Religions of various forms have a god, or many gods familiar only to them. The only way to “know” him/her/it is through rituals, meditations, rites, prayers and sacrifices. But I want to keep the topic a lot simpler than comparing or analysing these concepts, or deities. I want to start with the most basic of approaches.
GOD IS, or he is NOT!
That’s as complicated as it gets here. There either is A God, or there is NOT a God. If there is No God, then this article stops right here and now. If you believe that HE is NOT, then you are excused from reading further, (unless you are still curious). If He does not exist, there is no argument, debate or need for discussion about ANYTHING (even remotely connected) with “Him”.
It is indeed the worst and nastiest hand that “mother nature” has dealt to humanity, to evolve us into a being with a thirst for God, and all matters spiritual. Maybe “she” intended it that way so we can have wars over it, and thereby keep the (over)population in check. (Sorry, can’t help myself here). I mean, is your dog religious? How about your canary? What about chimps, are they searching for meaning in God? Or is it just us, humans?
(If) God IS
What would He/She/It, be like. (again, tongue in cheek). Well, to qualify as GOD, I imagine He would have to be (ALL) powerful, knowing, benevolent, pure (holy), eternal, self existent, without need, limit or fault. Anything less, and He would be flawed, and NOT QUALIFIED to be God. We are like that, and we know we are not god(s). Well, the sane ones among us at least.
That means then that there would be NOTHING, he didn’t know, he could not do, (except sin-IE be flawed). He would be WITHOUT beginning and end, (uncreated, or unborn), without mother or father. He would be ETERNAL. He would have the power, knowledge and wisdom to create innumerable “things”, and sustain all of it (them). He would be benevolent, being altogether good, or else He would be flawed, and could not exist as GOD. Benevolent, to the point that He made ALL that He made, GOOD. This speaks of His wisdom, and knowledge and understanding. His creation would be complete, with purpose and ordered. (IE, everything working together, sustaining itself).
He could be part of His creation, or He could be separate from it. Never TOTALLY separated, else it could NOT exist without His power, and presence. He would BE the source and sustainer of life. His character and nature would be evident in His creation.
He would have to be SPIRIT, at least from our perspective. Our known. natural, physical world would be too limiting to contain Him. Also spirit, for we may not know any other word to describe His “realm”, or “world”. That “realm” being eternity, or Heaven. If I had another word, I’d use that.
How could humanity know a “Being” like that? One that is SO FAR above and beyond himself. God and man(kind), worlds apart. The truth is, we humans cannot know Him, (as described so inadequately). We are NONE of the traits that are attributable only to Him. Our own limitations keep us from Him, and His “world”. We can try all we want, but we cannot ever “come close” to Him. The truth is, ALL religions are trying to do just that. Establish some form of “connection” with this (Superior Being, called) God. Something, if may I say, is an IMPOSSIBILITY.
You see, because of His (benevolent) nature, He has chosen to REVEAL Himself. Instead of waiting on us to come to Him, (which we cannot do, because of our limitations), He has Come to us. Can you imagine that? He knew we couldn’t come to Him, so He comes to us. WOW.
But HOW has He come? When? Where?
How come I haven’t heard of this before?
Actually, you probably have.