what is god?
very simple (IMO).
The answer is split into two:
1. The concept or definition of a generic god.
2. What god is in reality (ie what 'brand' is god).
1. A generic definition:
Thiink of what a generic product is, like a car or breakfast cereal.
A brand of product is NOT a defintion of the product.
A 'car' is not defined as a Ford-like or BMW-like means of transport, etc, but simply a form of transport, that typically has 4 wheels, etc etc.
A breakfast cereal is not 'Kelloges' but a breakfast food made of cereal.
Same with God. God is not a Jewish entity, Christian etc, or an old man in the sky.
The generic definition of what a God would be (if real) is:
Something that is:
1. All knowing
2. All powerful
4. All concepts, thoughts, etc
5. etc etc
AND .....ALL THAT EXISTS....
In other words the implication of the above is that for any entity to be classed as a GOD
(as opposed to a demi god like Zeus) IT would have to be ALL THAT IS or EXISTS
Only by being ALL THAT IS can an entity represent 100% of the power of the entire universe, encompass (ie, BE) everything, know everything, etc.
A God cannot be the most
powerful being, because by definition/logic alone that would simply make god a demi-god if you will, but still not GOD. God has to BE everything, or not exist at all.
That is, there can be NO other entity or substance in existance other than GOD.
Not even ideas can be anything other than god 'expressed'.
the universe(s), soil, trees, u, me, angels, devils, maths, .. everything IS GOD.
Just like our mind creates its own universe in its dreams, the entire physical universe & all concepts are GOD EXPRESSED.
We can visualise this simply by thinking of God as a person alone in space dreaming of an infinate number of universes contining all sorts of beings etc.
And that person is floating in darkness & nothing exists in that darkness external to that person. The space doesnt even exist, its a void.
This visual is full of inaccuracies due to attempting to demonstrate ethereal-like reality but in a physical setting. Our physical relm, the universe, may not exist except as a dream/expression of God.
"But we can feel our envionment, we live, die, eat, see /feel time pass, etc..." Hmmm... Do we? Or do we merely 'think' these things occur or exist?
We perceive eveything via our senses, but we only detect a small fraction of what is actually around us, we do not see into thge atomic level, or beyond. Only science can do that.
The reality is that we do not see the universe as it is but simply as our minds paint them to be based on our senses, & even that on the most basic & obvious level. Ans so each person senses this universe in a slightly different wayt to the next person till you have 6 billion or so different views of life from 6 bill earthlings.
IMO time does not exist. Its passage is an illusion & the creation to teh destruction of this universe may occur in an instant in reality or however god want to view it.
You cannot touch time, even with science, you cannot measure it, alter it, catch it, etc. But we have clocks... All they represent r imprecise representations of the concept of time, by physically showing movement, similar to the sun's progression across the sky. Organic life is attuned to capture this procession maybe due to the frequncy of its atomic structure, of organic life forms. I need to consider this more to form any real oppinion though.
Many insect species live only a few days or weeks, & so their concept of time may be more compressed than ours. Maybe they feel time passes just like ours, but then maybe the passage of the sun from day to night just once (a day to us) may seem like a yr to them.
who is right? Seems like all r correct from certain perspectives (if god is everything).
Problem is that people think organically/biologically & linearily (ie sequential time).
And as if everything has biological constraints or desires or needs.
Humans define most things (if not everything) based on their animal/biological/instintctive/genetic perceptions.
Hence why many hard core christians etc think god gets angry & vengeful toward sinners, as if god has something to loose if sinners exist, or as if god is so feeble that god cant ctl its emotions, or that it even has emotions, or that sin even exists. One has to laugh at their severe lack of thought or logic. All of which causes very limited perception & description of reality.
I am not saying there is a god, but that if there is one then we r all god.
ANd not just children of god as some new agers or more liberal christians etc think.
That again implies seperation or disconnection which means god is not 100% all that is.
Your little finger is as much a part of you than your much bigger leg, no more no less.
Any thought of being an offspring or child is a biologically based belief & so is impossible. (A side topic though is that nothing is impossible
when it comes to god, so maybe god is ethereal & biological
. Its almost like the chicken & egg question, but where both appear at the same time which is what is alluded to if nothing is impossible... so even 1 + 1 may = 3 & 4 & 5 etc)
Being carbon based life forms (yes i like Star Trek;)) people cant help but think in physical & biological forms & constraints.
2. What is the 'brand' of god?
If the above is true then god certainly cant only
be Christain, Jewish, Muslim, etc etc, (god is all of those & none of those as we desire it).
There is no hell or heaven, other than what we, as god, create for our own amusement.
The implication of god being all that is means we, as god, are simply making up an infinate number of realities for our amusement... and maybe...just maybe.. to distract ourself
from the knowledge that we r all that is, that we r alone, that I am alone in this void.....(a human fear)... for ever or an instant... ,maybe in that instant the entire history of the universe(s) play out & then we die. Maybe we r a momentary spark of life in the void.
Does god have emotions & fears, or any other human-like characteristics that religions seem to use ? Yes & no. If we can think it, then it exists as god expressed. But only because we think it so, not because it has to be true due to for eg an unalterable law of math or physics. Emotions, even time, seems real to humans but it exists only in the mind (& genes), not any physcial reality. Our eyes 'perceive' colours for example, not as they trully r, but as the mind can in a limited fashion interpret the light frequency that leaves the object & hits our eyes which then alters this input & sends an electrical pulse to the mind which then interprets the pulse...
When i receive dental treatment i receive gas to relax me. The pain is still registered & i notice it, but the pain is registered in my conscious mind slower than normal, less consciously, while most of the pain is not even conscious to me, only the most severe which i dont even mind. What is the reality then, the pain i feel or the actual signals my brain is receiving?
A side note is that i feel so relaxed that i actually drop much of my defensive personality aspects & start to hmm 'love'?? the world & everyone in it.. Its an interesting phenominon that also has potential implications about how we truly are or would be if our physical needs werent dominaing our constant waking thoughts, & urges & reactions.... even pain is a beautiful thing at that time.... everything is beautiful.... is this how the soul is?? If so its something to aspire to....
Finally, I must admit that it is difficult to form any concrete definition if #1 is correct since any definition is a 'boundary' seperating the defined object from the rest of the universe. And since god is theoretically everything then there is no possible definition except in a concepotual way but not actual physcal way. Much like a throwing a bucket into an ocean of water & saying teh water in the bucket is different to the rest of the ocean. Physically it is different but it means nothing since its all just water. The same with the entire universe.. its made up of atoms, & sub-atomic particles that groups together to look like different objects but in reality you could disassemble any object & reasemble teh atoms into something completely different.
So i will finish by saying that god is everything, yet nothing, & when they say he is the alpha & omega they may just be onto something....