I’ve come to the conclusion that if you say the word “God” to 100 different people, it’s very likely there is 100 different interpretations. I’m curious to see some interpretations….
The definition of God on a conceptual level is an all powerful, all knowing, and totally benevolent being. God is the source of everything. In Aristotelian and Thomistic metaphysics, the principles of Act and Potency give the boundaries for which a particular substance (thing, nature, being) can act. Potency is the potential a substance has while Act is the actuality of the existence. So as a man, I have the potential to be musical. By participating in musical training, activities, and appreciation (as well as other things), I begin to actualize my potential. Where does God fit into this? Where most things have potential built into there nature, God is all of existence. He is all of Actuality. God is everything that is and everything that has and will be. Everything that comes into existence is a manifestation of God in some way. You could think of a dog as an existent being with the essence of dog but by very nature of the dog existing, it participates as a manifestation (therefore actualizes) of the potential of dog that God has. The dog itself has its own Act and Potency but to exist, it would also have to be, by definition, a part of God. Now whether or not you want to put a personal or religious element to God is up to you. You can be religious or not and still live by the general notion of God. You can also be atheist and believe God doesn’t exist since logically God is just as likely to exist as he isn’t. That’s what faith is. Making the choice to live in a world where he does or where he doesn’t. Athesists as well as theists both hold on to a “faith” as to whether or not God actually exists. I could go into more principles that more clearly define God but I’ll see what you guys have to say before I continue. That way, I can address the questions with a principle instead of giving you this TL;DR article to read.
God is whatever you want him to be. He can be your savior, or your leader, or he can just guide you. He is what you make him to be. Some people choose to believe he has the ability to do anything, while others may believe he does not exist. I think “god” is there to give people something to believe in. If you don’t believe in something, you have nothing. He is there for interpretation and can be whoever you want.
Likewise with the definition of God, Love is also interpreted differently by most everyone. I would define God as the most powerful source of energy that exists in life, living and non-living. If I could relate closer to humans, Love is the most powerful “energy” that we possess. So, in a way, God is Love in humans. @thebuddha
I believe GOD is a metaphor for the source, or the grid of energy from which everything manifests, including our consciousness, and it’s experience of everything “else” around us
Any reference to God as an entity in himself is going to be an all powerful, all knowing, and totally benevolent being. Once you get this definition, you don’t need to worry about any other definition. All you have to do is take that criteria and apply it to whatever your saying and if it is actually good and accurate, you can say anything is God.
@seeker, Oh okay, gotcha. Actually, I thought God being what a verb is, was a cool idea!
It is hard for me to give God one definition, because I feel like that in itself takes away from what the concept actually is. God is like the spectrum of light, if the spectrum of light were actually a spectrum of consciousness. It is the absolute form of consciousness, yet it is everything lower too. If you could say consciousness had a number, we could be 100, an ant 50, and absolute infinity. God is 100,50 and infinity simultaneously. God exists on all levels of reality, if you wanna look at it that way. The “Ultimate Reality”
To me, its really irrelevant whether God exists or not in the physical world, because the important part to me is the concept, and the fact that everyone thinks about it. The idea of god is that it connects literally everything into some sort of hierarchy. Most people ‘find god’ by noticing that they see the concept pop up through different sciences, religions, and forms of art-everywhere. Anything can make you believe in God. A sunset, the art of language, music, people in general, handwriting, science, video games, beer. It’s all irrelevant though. If it truly connected everything however, it would be connected through all levels of reality as well. “All pervading”
Would you rather think that you hold your entire life in the palm of your hand, everything that will be done, can be done, each choice is your own doing, that your life that you live each day, isn’t guaranteed tomorrow, and that when you die, there is nothing but black ( which isn’t to say darkness, just the absence of anything ) is a terrifying thought for any mortal person.
To me, “God” is a concept, invented by man, to explain his fear of the unknown, to shift responsibility from yourself onto another ( ie: “I left it up to god” ) Life is suffering, and “God” is the cure for most people.