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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Define God? Describe what you believe in without using the word God.?

A lot of people say they believe in God. I never know exactly what they are talking about. It seems like people are using one word to refer to an almost infinite number of different beliefs. I'm looking for some descriptions of what it is you really believe. Please don't tell me what god does, that God is indescribable, or that you feel god in some vague way, etc. etc. I've heard all that plenty of times. If you believe in God, you must have some conceptualization of this belief. What is it? I'm not looking to argue or ridicule. I'm honestly curious. Go into as much detail as you can.

Update:

Very funny, giggles.

Update 2:

Why would I ask someone who doesnt' believe in God to describe their belief in God, Phil Ossofer? That makes no sense.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    The term "god" is, for all purposes, void of any coherent meaning. Asking "what is god" is like asking "what color is Thursday"... both are nonsensical and can never yield any verifiable or testable consequences.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    The subject of that passage is false prophecy. Apparently, some people were doing a good business declaring themselves the bearers of messages from God, and according to Jeremiah, God wasn't pleased. (Hear that, Harold Camping?) The implication here is that REAL messages from God are overpowering, like a burning fire or something shattering. Racketeers generally know better than to produce anything that strong: you don't want to start a panic if you want people contributing cash. The hammer metaphor is especially interesting; it resonates nicely with the protest song "If I Had a Hammer" by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger.

  • 1 decade ago

    God= creator of the universe, He was before anything was and he will be for all eternity.

    Hang on here is where it get deep God is one in three persons, God the Father , Son and Holy Ghost

    The God Father in heaven the Supreme Being, He is loving, fair, just merciful, firm, the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End

    God the Son, equal to God the Father in every way one in the same came to earth in Human form as the only sinless man to ever walk the face of the earth. He fulfilled then prophecies of the Old Testament Messiah. He was sacrificed on the cross as atonement for our sins under the law. On the third day after he was dead he arose as he said he would. After a short time he ascended to Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.

    God the Holy Ghost= the Spirit of God that dwells within us and guides us through His power of conviction.

    These are three who are one, confused yet ?

    God is kind and gentle but like a good Father he is firm and just. He gives us all we need and all he asks in return is our obedience to His Word and our love and trust. If you do as he asked He will never leave you, His Word will endure for all time consistent and true with wavering.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    What is there not to understand on who the Creator of the universe is? He is the origin of existence. God is an individual -- a perpetually infinite spirit of no origin or end. A self-existent eternal spirit. Creator of life, and bringer of judgement. He is the force behind why time exists. He is the cause and reason of why the universe and all life exist. He is from everlasting, to everlasting. His power exceeds even eternity. And by me explaining his nature, with my limited comprehension, I am not doing a close enough job on explaining His perfection. But above all, He has created us for his pleasure, because he loves us. In his eternal wisdom, he created man to be smarter than all creatures, with an intellect that far exceeds animal life. We're the only beings who can comprehend our own intellect, and then question why we are who we are. We rule this planet, it was a gift from God. We are powerful beings, again, it was a gift from God.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Muslims believe in one, unique, incomparable God, Who has no son nor partner, and that none has the right to be worshipped but Him alone. He is the true God, and every other deity is false. He has the most magnificent names and sublime perfect attributes. No one shares His divinity, nor His attributes. In the Quran, God describes Himself:

    Say, “He is God, the One. God, to Whom the creatures turn for their needs. He begets not, nor was He begotten, and there is none like Him.” (Quran, 112:1-4)

    God alone is the Almighty, the Creator, the Sovereign, and the Sustainer of everything in the whole universe. He manages all affairs. He stands in need of none of His creatures, and all His creatures depend on Him for all that they need. He is the All-Hearing, the All-Seeing, and the All-Knowing.

    The Arabic word Allah means God (the one and only true God who created the whole universe). This word Allah is a name for God, which is used by Arabic speakers, both Arab Muslims and Arab Christians. This word cannot be used to designate anything other than the one true God. The Arabic word Allah occurs in the Quran about 2700 times. In Aramaic, a language related closely to Arabic and the language that Jesus habitually spoke,God is also referred to as Allah.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I look at Murphy's law, all the things that should go wrong then fail to go wrong. There is something keeping the human race from failing completely, you have to look at quite a few small things to see it. It's sort of like control in chaos theory, you think chaos is going in a certain way and something contadicts that. Granted it's chaotic, but there are things in the world that even a chaos theory can't explain. Seeing the pattern in chaos is one way to look differently on what you know. The other things involve that faith stuff or spiritual expirience. I know you said not to say that G word but, you can't find god, god finds you. There is no true scientific way to explain it other than something looks to be more than luck. Your only other view to see it is understanding what you don't know. Sort of like finding your blind spots, you see the blind spot and know you would see something if that blind spot was removed. You can't neccisarily get around that blind spot, so that faith choice stares at you from the center of the spot. If there is anything beyond that blindspot, well you will never know untill it's gone. Once again sorry for the G word, but if god doesn't want you to know something you will never know untill god allows you to understand.

    Source(s): Paradoxical Thinking.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It seems to me that all the miracles we see around us every day just can't be the result of chance. At least I don't want it to be. So if there is some form of power that operates behind it all and (this is important to me) has a purpose for what happens, then I can live with that. I have seen man good programs about the genesis of life as a product of the big bang and the clustering of random atoms and I just can't grasp it as something that has meaning for me. Maybe I want to feel that there is a supreme "parent figure" of some sort that holds me in his hand.

  • 1 decade ago

    The Most Concise Definition of Almighty:

    The most concise definition of Almighty in Islam is given in the four verses of Surah Ikhlas which is Chapter 112 of the Qur’an:

    "Say: He is Allah,

    The One and Only.

    "Allah, the Eternal, Absolute.

    "He begets not, nor is He begotten.

    And there is none like unto Him."

    [Al-Qur’an 112:1-4]

    The word ‘Assamad’ is difficult to translate. It means ‘absolute existence’, which can be attributed only to Allah (swt), all other existence being temporal or conditional. It also means that Allah (swt) is not dependant on any person or thing, but all persons and things are dependant on Him.

    Each attribute of Almighty is unique and possessed by Him alone:

    The Qur’an gives no less than ninety-nine different attributes to Almighty Allah. The Qur’an refers to Allah as Ar-Rahman (Most Gracious), Ar-Raheem (Most Merciful) and Al-Hakeem (All Wise) among many other names. You can call Allah by any name but that name should be beautiful and should not conjure up a mental picture.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    give as straight an answer as I can, to the OP.

    I'll try to explain it in... layers of sums.

    1) Everything that is.

    2) Everything that is *not*

    3) #1+#2.

    4) #3 that ever has, or will exist(ed).

    5) #3 that ever has Not, nor will not exist(ed)

    6) #4+#5

    7) sum of #6 of all paralell dimensions that do, do not, has, has not, will, or will not exist, including this one.

    8) anything thats left over in any way shape or form.

    9) #7+#8. (at this point if this sum was totaled into one "object" it would have nothing of any sort, no particle, no energy, no nothing of any way shape form or imagination, including dark matter or whatever else, nothing left over outside of this sum)

    10) #9+1. (that is, #9 as a whole being more than its parts)

    #10 = the awareness that is part of this absolute gestalt sum.

    if that hasn't imploded your head...

    take that in reverse to the most microcosmic bit of the whole, and call that, say, "#-10"

    #10=#-10, and #-10=#10. the whole IS every component part, and every component part is the whole.

    look at it this way, if you flip a coin, you won't know which side will come up.

    but if you made a simulation perfectly replicating the real coin flip, you could look at a certain set of variables, in this simulation, and absolutely know the outcome.

    with God's absolute omniscience, all the variables are known, to an infinite degree, because God IS every aspect of the whole, where we would have to analize the sum of variables and how they inter-effect things, being that absolute awareness, this is just known as being absolutely aware of all that is, entirely, from our point of view, outside of time.

  • 1 decade ago

    The truth is no-one can define God. How can you define someone that you cannot possibly understand? Compared to Him we are but a molecule in His body, a mere blink of the eye. You have heard the expression “older than dirt”? Well He truly is. Without Him we would not be at all, period. This is pretty heavy to wrap your mind around. After all didn’t we come from our parents, and didn’t they come from their parents? The answer is yes they did. However God started it all with just one man, Adam. He is the father of us all.

    Now let’s step way out on that limb. The Bible tells us that man was created in God’s image. So why does man keep trying to make God in his image. God isn’t a man, although He can be if He wants (the omnipotent thing again). God breathed life into man and at the same time a piece of Himself (the Spirit). Hence we are created in His image not the other way around. When you die your body looses two ounces of mass. Again the scientist’s have no idea what that is and what happens to it. Well let me tell you, after a natural death that is your soul leaving the body to go be with the Father or to the other place if you didn’t do the right things (give your life over to Christ, allow Him to transform your life. Then strive to walk in His footsteps.) in your life.

  • 1 decade ago

    I asked the same question, but what I got are some hurting reply which is typical to what you are having now. Most Christian resort to funny tactics when their belief is questioned. In this case when the object of their worship is being asked to be described.

    I simple "I dont know" would have been more appropriate, honest and respectable.

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