What are all your thoughts on god?
I’m fairly certain I’ve answered a question somewhat like this before. Hmm… can’t remember what number it was now, which is a shame, but that was probably more about religion than God. Oh yes, you can find that post here.
Anyway… God. Funny, I was having a conversation a short while ago about ‘godparents’ and christenings and trying to decide what I wanted. I was raised Christian (C of E), as I have said before, but that’s no longer my faith. So my thoughts on marriage and christenings are that they would be far more for other people, rather than for me.
God however, is a funny thing. Because which god are you talking about? Depending on who you speak to, God is very many different people, or at least he has loads of different names too. God, Jehovah, Brahma, Waheguru, Allah, Yahweh, Huwa… it goes on! And those names, in various religions, refer to a singular God. That doesn’t even count religions with multiple deities or ancient cultures where there were several gods (Romans, Greeks and Egyptians to name a few). That doesn’t consider Wicca where the name and form of the God and Goddess are individual to each person or even something like Jediism (I know, I know!) which I don’t believe has a central god-figure.
I suppose if I ever talk about God, I’d be talking about the Christian God. Mainly because that was my faith for a long time. But I don’t think my views on this omnipotent being matches the rest of the faith, or if it does, I’ve not been told as such. In fact… I’m certain it doesn’t:
In my eyes God is not, nor ever has been a physical person. God is a concept that we, as humans, have introduced to make us feel better about the world we live in. To give us an excuse or reason for the bad/good things that happen around us and to us. But as well as that, God is an ideal that we strive towards as an example of what we should all be as human beings. God is an almighty force (ever heard of an act of God? Anybody saying that is usually talking about extreme weather or natural disasters, which are things that we can’t do anything about) that we are obliged to bow to because he/she/it is stronger and able to reach further than any of us.
For me, God is the personification of what humans want to be; all powerful, all knowing, but at the same time, good, kind, selfless, loving, generous…. Which isn’t a bad thing (except perhaps for the all powerful, all knowing part). After all, isn’t that what each religion is teaching us anyway: be nice to each other? That’s the core of it, right? So why shouldn’t God, in whatever form, be all of those things that are considered good traits?
O.o that was a bit heavy for so early in the day! No more religious stuff for a bit, please!
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