Who is God? What is God? Where is God? How do you define God? Is God a physical being or a spirit? Have you ever pondered these questions for yourself?
People have different ideas, thoughts, and feelings about God. It has been the topic of many discussions and at the same time, the cause for much division. Many wars have been fought over religious beliefs and our different opinions about who God is. In my opinion God has become one of the most divisive features of humanity.
There seems to be so much hate and division surrounding our different views on God. People use the name of God to promote their political agendas. They use the name of God to justify their hate and evil acts against others. His name is used as a convenient excuse for just about anything.
Growing up as a child, I always thought God was an external being that sit “up there” somewhere looking down on me and waiting to judge me. Kinda like Santa Claus with a whip and a rule book. It was almost as if God were a surveillance camera.
There seemed to always be a fear associated with God where I was threatened to burn in hell for eternity if I did not accept him as my Savior. He was the guy you were supposed to worship unless you were gay. In other words, he was a non-gay man with like 12 non-gay men following him around washing his feet. I have come to realize that is not my truth.
God is not person but principle. The creator. The infinite. The Eternal. God as one infinite eternal substance. Awareness of God or truth is non-conceptual. It is beyond thought. Beyond mind. To me God when stripped away of all connotations and man-made definitions is simply a placeholder for something we do not know and perhaps will never know. Whatever we think of God probably falls short of the truth.
I certainly do not have all the answers but here is what I will say. I believe God is a power greater than myself. His name has invoked strength in me. His name has inspired me. I have felt a presence that has brought me to tears. Is that God? His name has definitely been a band-aid when my soul aches.
Who is God?
Considering all the definitions of God that humans have proposed thus far, one must conclude that the answer wholly depends on the individual. For some he is nothing more than a nice thought. There are some who only call his name during crisis or in time of need. This implies that his name brings comfort if you believe. Perhaps he is the ultimate placebo. Maybe even a wheelchair for those who don’t realize they actually can walk alone.
Bruce Lee once said, “If there is a God, he is within. You don’t ask God to give you things, you depend on God for your inner theme.” This quote resonates deeply with me. I believe God is within and therefore everything we need is within.
In short, if every one livesone life and shares one love in one world, then there can only be one being. We are all that one.
Seek within. Be still. Knowing yourself is knowing God.
What are your thoughts about God? I would be honored to have your feedback.
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