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But I suppose it depends which God or gods you mean: are we talking about the externalisation of a common human sense of the numinous, or the psychotic sky-god Yahweh and his hegemonic avatars, Jehovah and Allah? Berean Perspective Apologetics & Evangelism Ministry, Christian Apologetics on Bible Doctrines, Christianity, Cults, Discipleship, Evangelism, Religion, and Theology. He justifies whatever course of action you wish to take. I do, however, think of prayer as a form of meditation through which you can reach a state of stillness, or acceptance, or grace, which may or may not be connected to the force which may or may not exist. But they are greatly outnumbered by those who have used it to excuse every form of venal, grasping, brutal and murderous behaviour. You can’t just close that conversation. Tell us what God means to you - by emailing your thoughts godandme@newstatesman.com. This “God” question has been an important quest for people since the dawn of time and it is just as important for us today to reflect on this topic as it has been at any time in the past. The Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost is another of those mysteries. Kenneth Copeland’s False Teachings and False Gospel Message. What do Mid Acts Believe about the Gospel? Could God simply be the Higher Power, as described by Alcoholics Anonymous? One Bible Verse That Debunks All Jehovah's Witnesses Beliefs and Crushes the Watchtower, Finally the Best Verse in the Bible that Proves the Trinity Doctrine is 3 Persons in One God. He is not the god of deism, a god who creates a universe and then leaves it to itself. Would you be at a loss for words? They are there for us in our time of need or distress. When Jesus came into this world, He was truly, literally “God with us.” Because God is with us, we know that we will never be separated from His love (Romans 8:38-39). If the whole of the natural universe is the only thing that exists then God is Nature and Nature is God. A few years ago I wrote a Life of Jesus for. It could mean a few things - Go On Die, it is dog backwards. Because after all, you know that somewhere, there is a God. There is a way to live — a way to love — that does that. To add any concept of character to their unapproachable God who is devoid of emotions is considered to be a presumptuous distortion to be avoided at all costs. Is he just A guy who tells us what to do? To mean he is everyting. And all mighty. Many years later, the chairwoman slipped in the rain and became permanently paralysed. If you want to smite the Gideonites, Midianites, Amorites and Ammonites, all you need is God. She fires my spirit, brings grace and humour, energy and passion into my life. More than we have faith in God, God has faith in us, and because he never loses that faith, we can never lose hope. One of Jesus’ titles is “Immanuel,” which means “God with us” (Matthew 1:23). When we experience God's grace, we receive favor that we do not deserve. I don’t think of it as a force which is personally involved in our lives. Who is God and what do we need to do to please God are questions that has been asked down through the ages but who has the answers? Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. He wants to be the number one person we come to when we run into problems, when we are scared, or need someone to talk to. Yet the fact remains that Christianity was the first human universalism and the first purely human politics to assert radical equality regardless of race, sex or class. What does God mean to us? In Matthew 6:33 (ESV) it says: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” God remains available and ready for us to find Him, to look for and worship Him in those anxiety-riddled situations. Einstein was once asked by a Rabbi ‘Do you believe in God?’ to which he replied “I believe in Spinoza’s God, Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind.”  So who or what was Spinoza’s God? Be honest, and don't let bad ratings corrupt your answer, I want to know. We benefit from their companionship and comradery. Those who have previously shown the ability to share great insights into the profound mysteries of the world are often sought out for an explanation into the nature and character of God. I tell you now though. In more recent times the Holy Spirit becomes ever more important to me. Those words should not be taken lightly because there is tremendous breadth to what God has provided for you. This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit our website. If you want to invade Iraq, he’s given you prior clearance. In this respect, we can say that God’s blessing is on everyone, believers and unbelievers alike. Baruch Spinoza was a 17th-Century Philosopher who is widely recognized as one of the most brilliant minds of his time. “You should believe him now.” That was perhaps my only contact with the idea of God while growing up: for those who wait long enough, the eyes above would not fail us. And what does he want for us? It’s true there are some people – a small minority – who use their conception of God to create a better moral code. You don’t have to be perfect, as none of us is (Romans 3:10). This Higher Power can be anything that you choose as long as it is greater than you and adequate to help you overcome your addiction. Thus his oft quoted “He does not throw dice” is a reference to the physical properties of the natural world as revealed in the study of Quantum mechanics rather than an appeal to a supernatural superintendent who oversees every aspect of our existence. To them it is noble to acknowledge that their understanding of God’s nature is incomplete but in so doing they validate the belief that having an indistinct God is a good thing. Quotations about God attributed to Albert Einstein are often tossed out like some kind of holy hand grenade by people trying to make claims for or against the existence of God. God to me means the universe, I ont believe that some being created the universe, and I dont believe that some being created Humans in the form of himself. If you mean religously its all bollocks. Exposing Joyce Meyer's False Gospel Message on Salvation: Who is Joyce Meyer? God has done an amazing thing in your heart! So are we any closer to answering the “God” question yet? But what is he to you? Exposing Bill Johnson, Todd White, Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, and others. And Agnostics, What does God mean to you? A custom made God who then makes your deepest longing a reality. God is the last refuge of the scoundrel. So here we have an ordinary Rabbi quizzing a famous Physicist who in turn points to a renowned Philosopher for the answer to the “God” question. Worship means using our minds and hearts and bodies to express the worth of God and all he is for us in Jesus. He wants you to worship Him as the only God in your life. Some think it has to do with a relational capacity. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. . But your heart’s desire is to be pleasing to God, and you are willing to let His Spirit conform you to the image of His Son (Romans 8:29). When we experience God's mercy, we are spared punishment that we do … God is just as good to the 150 people who went down on the Germanwings plane as he is to the soccer … Matthew 5:45 says that the Father who is in the heavens causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and unjust. There is a way to do your job that expresses the true value of God. by kirstenblog 11 years ago. Be Aware of Phillips, Craig and Dean (PCD) - United Pentecostal International Church (UPCI), Oneness Theology. He's greater. Then you are told to turn your life over to “God as you understood Him” which is step three. Get the New Statesman’s Morning Call email. Martyn Atkins, general secretary of the British Methodist Church. It is interesting to note that while Einstein appealed to Spinoza when explaining his understanding of God it seems that Spinoza himself did not identify God as closely with the natural world as Einstein seems to have. Stop Listening To False Teachers! There is no corner of the globe or a time in the past that belief in some kind of god or gods has not deeply permeated mankind’s understanding of our place in the universe. “And the king will desire your beauty. Maybe there isn't a God at all, I concluded. The concept of God, of a creator, simply equals “continuity” to me. He’s there for you. Posted by Kelly Powers ⋅ April 1, 2010 ⋅ Leave a comment Filed Under Albert Einstein , Baruch Spinoza , Einstein , Existence of God , Freemasonry , God , Panentheism , Spinoza God to me means an ever-lasting light and love of such purity we can not understand it. In which God don’t they believe? They are on our side and will fight to defend us. God is the self-created Creator of all things, who is a person like you and me, the fount of love, the judge of human action and the refuge of all who suffer. Why be Concerned? Many times, when we say that someone is with us we mean that they are our friends. If a more culturally relevant reference point would be helpful to understand the differences between these two isms then an example of Panentheism would be the spirituality so prominently displayed in the movie Avatar and the “The Force” of the Star Wars saga would be Pantheism. I look at the lives of the saints and martyrs and consider what they suffered and am glad that, whereas they faced the stake, the worst I am likely to have to cope with is a grilling from Jeremy Paxman. That in some unfathomable way most things are connected and that the higher self has something to measure itself by – to aspire to. A true gift of love,compassion and patience! All the founders of the great religions taught the same thing: “Treat other people as you want to be treated yourself.” You will find it in every religion and on trade union banners alike. You want to blow up a train? My mother, upon hearing the news, sighed. You get to pick from whatever is available when selecting your deity just like you get to pick your dinner at an all you can eat buffet. On the other hand, Jesus is my leader, with the Holy Ghost lurking inspiringly. On God is a phrase which is a way of saying that someone is telling the truth. As a young convert to Christianity, I took Jesus Christ as my focus, my “way in” to God. God is not for me some old man with a white beard and a Barry White bass, but something I see in nearly everyone I meet. This is partly because at school we were never encouraged to read the Old Testament and all the religious teaching was based on the New Testament. Does He begin living our lives for us? Today the Freemason’s have millions of members in Lodges spread around the world and have existed as a fraternal organization for hundreds of years. It means that nothing that happens is … To walk with God means you have aligned your will with His and seek every day to consider yourself "crucified with Christ" (Galatians 2:20). With over 2 Million members worldwide what does this mutual aid movement have to say about the “God” question? Over time this focus on Jesus was broadened and enhanced by an increasing awareness and appreciation of God as creator, sustainer, divine caring parent. One day common sense will prevail and religion will be where it belongs, in the past. Should we believe that God is like the idea expressed by Spinoza and James Cameron or do we lean more toward Einstein and George Lucas? If it’s the latter, I see him, her, it or them as a combination of the Wizard of Oz, a paper tiger, a teddy bear and a tab of Valium, invented and utilised by cunning priests and kings to keep the rest of us in a state of grateful terror. I mean, what good is a God if you can't see Him, hear Him -- if you can't converse, for heaven's sake? ( Log Out /  Would your answer be simple or complex or would you perhaps react with hostility? Only in happiness. Learn how your comment data is processed. I have never been good on abstractions, just as in my novel-writing, I like to deal in reality – or at least reality as I see it. God, for me, represents the holiness of otherness. I do not use the word "god" in bad terms. Although they are similar expressions of his favor and love, they possess a clear distinction. Is he are friend? I see God means to You loving others and He obiviously can and does through YOU! I grew up thinking of God as the biggest, most powerful, smartest and richest being there is . Who is God? Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). What teacher do you know that will still love you after cursing at them? That is a question which has been pondered down through the ages. “Remember. It is clear that Einstein was not an Atheist but more of an Agnostic who was still pondering just how exactly “God” fit into the inner workings of this universe of which he was still seeking to unravel. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. A God that doesn’t offend anyone or is repugnant to anyone’s beliefs, can such a God exist? It took a long time to realise that God has no gender and that the Quran says that He or She takes men and women into equal consideration. Is it possible that God is the “Great Architect of the Universe” as described by Freemasonry? It is the leaders of religion that divide the world. I love reading the word and praying know He is aware and guides me through all. If you can’t find it, that may mean you should change jobs. Fly a plane into a skyscraper? Hmm, I wonder if its that part of their soul that know there is a God, that is does the crying out. Often we turn to the smartest, most educated and wisest among us to hear their response to our deepest questions. I don’t believe God is describable in human terms, nor that She/He is able to intervene in human affairs – after all, we have been given free will (by God) – but I believe God is the ultimate Creator, above and beyond us, as well as the still small voice inside us, giving us the possibility, and often the prod, to do good. This is a question I have often wondered about. It has been suggested that Spinoza’s view of God could best be described as Panetheistic in essence because he saw God as being an essential part of nature but rejected the idea of identifying God solely with nature. G od, the Creator and Giver of Life does care about each of us. China in the 1970s was an atheist country, but my grandfather used to say to my sister and me, “Three feet above your head are the eyes of God.” The very powerful chairwoman of the neighbourhood association used to lead young men to our door after midnight to look for American spies – my grandfather and both his sons had fought against the Communists – and the heavy poundings on our door at night had become a nightmare. God is the redemption of solitude. Can God be described, as the Masons claim, in such a manner that all may agree and no one can differ? Was Jesus Separated from the Father on the Cross? From a global perspective, it means that God is at work within his creation. The first is Pantheism (All is God) which is a belief that the universe is everything and the only thing. Where would your quest for the answer take you? God is the first cause, the Creator, who made the universe. I don’t know what people mean when they say they don’t believe in God. Through an encounter with the divine Other I come to value the encounter with the human other. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. but also most definitely male. He's more than A teacher and A leader. But, God is Holy and must be approached on His terms. For the record Einstein didn’t embrace the idea of a personal God who was concerned with the everyday happenings of life on our planet and certainly did not believe in the God of the Bible but he did seem to be fond of the idea of a more nebulous or ethereal force that somehow held the universe and it’s disparate parts together in an orderly fashion. Is the answer to be found in a Sci-Fi movie? The Bible [OT] is the religious and political document invented by the Jewish people that supports their right to the Holy land. That realisation has been very liberating for a Muslim woman like me. That aspect of religion unites the world. That is the God who is close to me as I walk on Dartmoor and see the glory of His creation all around me. What does God’s gift mean to you? And if you accept God into your heart as nothing more than an ancient political construct, it’s almost impossible not to reach the same conclusion as Bakunin when he upended Voltaire: “If God really existed, it would be necessary to abolish him.”. The common understanding of what it means to be blessed by God is that He gives us good things. What does Joyce Meyer believe? I can’t often break through the ritual and worldly thoughts but there are moments when I am filled with a sense of another world beyond ours. How long would you search? ( Log Out /  For secular atheists God has nothing to do with any desirable human objective or hope. I find it difficult to conceive of a “God”, either as an image, or as a real force, to attach my religiosity to – I waver between thinking that the religious sensibility is only genetic and cultural, and thinking that there may be something, still, beyond nature and culture; an ungendered force similar to Thomas Aquinas’s concept of the “unmoved mover”, the cause of time, matter and space. The idea of God is a danger to reason and humanity – a sentimental lie, a self-imposed oppression, an excuse for abusing women and a battle cry for tribal culture wars. Yahweh Yireh simply means the Lord will provide. Since no one owns God can anyone really know God? Those who have become partakers of the new nature (2 Peter 1:4) are the people of God. . God is somehow seen as personal but yet is stripped of all personality and appears to be little more than an invisible force at work in the world. child readers. God is imaginary, an invisible friend if you like. Where else can we look? Does God Need You or Do You Need God? This is the thread for just that thing.. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Civilised colloquy has included God for too long to drop him now on a mere passing whim of disbelief. What "god" means/define to me is a name to be released from between my lips at a particular time with "Oh" before "god". Believing in the resurrection means trusting in all the promises of life and hope and righteousness for which it stands. ( Log Out /  Who would you want to ask? What does God mean to You? What is Wrong with Mid Acts Dispensationalism? What does Jesus Christ do when we allow Him to live in us? Would you have something profound to say? Just as the first people, Adam and Eve failed to trust God, so all of us have sinned by trying to run our own lives without God. Most religions have a specific and narrowly defined definition of "big G" God, and especially the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. There is a sense in which the universe is God’s body but God is still more than the physical universe. Probably it reflects my practical – I nearly said “down-to-earth” – approach to my religious life. My idea of God is when you are so diminished as an individual that in your nothingness you can participate in the whole. So Panentheism acknowledges that God is transcendent and yet is still deeply entangled in the very fabric of all that exists. I would be utterly bereft if I stopped believing in the hand of God. Other common uses are "On my … Patriarchy is a human creation, not God’s. Thank you for sharing! So, God made us as spiritual beings, and that is our capacity, then, to enter into relationship with God. To seek God’s kingdom means we’ve made a conscience decision to turn toward God versus anxiety or worry. And He’s big; various brands of God are gaining huge market shares now – everywhere except Britain. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! He's more than this. Freemasons see God as being personal but reject any attempt to truly personalize God. You migh proclaim to be an atheist but any human being that finds himself in a time of peril and danger, for some reason finds himself crying out to that God that they professed not to believe in. The person most often recognized as the deep thinker of our modern age is Albert Einstein so it’s no surprise that he was asked the “God” question. Since he is your Lord, bow to him.” – Psalm … I've been a minister myself for over 25 years now, but that doesn't mean I've given up wondering about God. What I ask God to do for me, God asks me to do for others: listen to them, empower them, believe in them, trust them, forgive them when they betray that trust, and love them for what they are, not what I would like them to be. For good or ill, this approach has stayed with me. Does He begin making our choices for us? Similar to another phrase such as "I swear to God." Meaning in the Bible and Our Lives Love is essential to the nature of God. On the other hand, I am not at all worried and indeed enjoy being aware of things that I don’t understand. God is not a personal transcendent being who exists outside of nature or apart from nature but instead is an entirely immanent and integral part of nature, the very essence of the natural universe. The reasoning seems to be that if someone as smart as Mr. E=MC2 were to have expressed belief in God, or conversely doubt about the existence of God then the mere moral muddle minds among us will need to toe the line along with the rest of the bright people and look to Albert as our theological role-model. ( Log Out /  In the hardest moments of life, God comes close to us and he doesn't change, he doesn't falter, he doesn't quit, he doesn't leave and he doesn't let go. It made me realise that my Catholicism was based on my idea of Jesus, not on God. God is the answer to all the questions that science can’t answer, so God, like science, is here to stay. The closest I get to God is through art and nature – Beethoven’s late string quartets or the beauty of the Dorset countryside. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Immediately after we are told we are in the image of God, we were told to go out and have dominion over the earth and to subdue the earth. So for me Christianity is a measure against which all human activity is to be judged and made meaningful and good. What does Joyce Meyer teach? Why Be Concerned With Mid Acts Dispensationalism? Included within the Twelve Steps we find that the need to believe in a “Power greater than ourselves” is step number two. Who can be certain about the nature of God and claim exclusive authority? In Christianity, God's grace and God's mercy are often confused. Man in a beard, white hair, sits on a throne on a cloud, tells people whether they’ve been naughty or nice, doesn’t like women. That’s not the type of question you would expect someone on the street to ask but if for some reason someone were to ask you then how would you respond? The word "God" comes with so much baggage I find it a troublesome word. Grandpa used to say that three feet above your head are the eyes of God?” she said. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. This kind of faith is the opposite of the fear that seeks to please God with rituals and rule-keeping. You may speak freely here! They alone increasingly reflect the holy and loving character of God and love others. That there is something greater than wo/man. What does GOD mean to YOU! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. How do you feel when the question of God comes up? This concept of God differs only slightly from Panentheism (All in God) which posits that a God exists and permeates all of nature equally just as all the fish in the seas are equally enveloped by the water of the oceans. I have seen pain relieved,prayers answered,family saved. Some see it as having a functional meaning. The best expression for it is an awe of vaster possibilities than those permitted in one person. If it's also hope then amen. 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