The Nature of God: Who Is He and What Is He Like?

The Nature of God: Who Is He and What Is He Like?

The Nature of God;

Introduction:

The question of who God is has been asked and debated for centuries. To some, God is an all-powerful and all-knowing being who is the creator of the universe. To others, God is a spiritual force that exists in all life and connects us to each other and to the universe. No matter what your definition of God is, it can be difficult to answer the question of who or what God is clearly.

In this article, we will explore the concept of God and seek to answer the question of who or what God is. We will discuss giving God human characteristics, where to find God, and ways to prove God’s existence. By the end, you should have a better understanding of who or what God is for you.

Giving God Human Characteristics

The concept of God has been around for centuries, but it has changed over time and has been interpreted differently by different cultures and religions. Humans often give God human characteristics, such as having emotions, a gender, a physical form, or a personality. These characteristics are often based on our own experiences in life and our cultural background.

Where do these human characteristics come from? Most of them come from ancient texts like the Bible or religious stories and myths passed down through generations. Other characteristics may come from personal experiences or observations about the world around us.

How does this affect your understanding of God? We tend to think of God in terms that are familiar to us, so our understanding of who or what God is can be shaped by our beliefs and experiences. Knowing this can help you be more objective when thinking about God and exploring your beliefs.

Sadhguru puts it clearly when he says it is natural to imagine God as a larger version of ourselves. If we are born as cows, we may look around and imagine God as a huge version of ourselves.

God to me is literally everything. He/She is the current of electricity and the atoms moving around creating the shapes of things in this worldly realm. That is how He can say he knows when one blade of grass stirs. He is also that blade of grass.

And if you need proof He as intelligent consciousness, and intelligence and awareness that we as mere mortals can only attempt to understand a tiny bit of His enormity, just go look down and watch an ant at work. Ants are amazing pieces of work. And they are tied into the entirety of the universe.

Look in the mirror. Who thought it would be a good idea to give you two eyes in the front of your face to appreciate this world? And shy only one nose to smell it all? And a head that can swivel around? And hands that at the very least have opposing thumbs? Wow. How smart is that?

Coincidence? She also gave us a sense of humor.

Where to Find God

When trying to answer the question of who or what God is, it can be helpful to look for evidence in different places. Here are some places you can look:

In the holy books through time. From and before the Greeks, and before the Bible. TheBible is one of the most important sources when looking for evidence of who or what God is. It contains stories about creation and many other aspects of faith. It can be a great place to start your exploration if you come from a Judeo-Christian background. But it is often misinterpreted and there is evidence it has been altered by among others, organized religion.

In Nature: Nature can also provide clues about who or what God is. For example, if you believe that nature is a reflection of divine power, then looking at nature can help you find evidence for your beliefs. When nature is studied, the idea that all this was created by accident and coincidence is preposterous.

Science can prove God exists. The more I learn from science the more proof it is that there is some magnificent power that created all this. Science can explain how something happened sometimes. It shows what water is made of. But it can not answer when it was created, where the ingredients came from, what made those ingrediants combine. For example, let’s see the smartest university professor create dirt or water.

In Other Religions: Exploring other religions can also help answer the question of who or what God is. You may discover similarities in beliefs between different faiths or gain new perspectives that shape your understanding of God. We hear different ideas about God from different cultures and societies. They share similarities and have differences, but the similarities in the themes are surprising, even when the details seem so different.

For example, to me the Native Americans have beliefs similar in ways to Buddhists in their appreciation of nature and non-belief in a central personification of God. No Santa Claus figures there.

Most importantly, look inside. Hear that little faint voice urging you in a positive directon. Learn to trust it. Neale Donald Walsh in Conversations with God says that it is so strange that we humans put so much stock in books that are thousands of years old and so little faith in our own hearts and the feelings we may feel.

Meditation. One possible use of meditation is it is said that it can help one communicate with God and the universe. I can say that I have experienced an awakening for a split second through meditation. For a split second I realized that my body was made of the same material, was the same as the wooden beam next to me. And Buddha can also testify to the powers of meditation.

The news – we all know the news is usually bad, and there is a commercial reason for that in that bad news and fear grabs more viewers. Same with goddip. But if you keep your ears open you will hear stories that restore your faith. Stories of people risking themselves to help strangers.

Proof of God’s Existence

When seeking evidence for who or what God is, it can be helpful to examine logical arguments, the experiences of others, and your own experiences.

Logical Arguments: Logical arguments can be used to support a belief in the existence of a higher power. For example, some people argue that since the universe exists, there must be something that created it—and that something is likely to be whatever your definition of God is.

Experiences of Others: Many people have had experiences that they attribute to God or some higher power. Reading these stories can help you understand different perspectives on the concept of God and gain insight into how others perceive him/her/it.

Your Own Experience: Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide who or what God is based on your own experiences and beliefs and what makes sense to you – common sense.

Unfortunatly when it come to God, common sense seems not so common.

You may find evidence for your beliefs through prayer, meditation, or other spiritual practices, but for me, He is inside.

Conclusion

At the end of this blog post, we hope that you have a better understanding of who or what God is for you. We’ve discussed giving God human characteristics, where to find evidence for him/her/it, and ways to prove his/her/its existence. Ultimately it’s up to you to explore your beliefs and decide who or what god is for yourself.

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Who is God?

For a long time there has been a debate asking “Who is God” and there have been and are many different answers.

For some people, God exists. And for others, God does not! Those who don’t agree with God’s existence always ask that if there is a God, who is He?

God is behind all creation in the universe, the creator of nature. Nature wasn’t created by human beings or any living things on the planet, and if we didn’t do it then something else must have done it.

Was it your mom? Was it your dad? 

They are very capable people and as parents they gave you all there is to give, but are they really able to create something as lowly as dirt? Even the President of the United States, with all the power he has, can not create a leaf from scratch. Let alone something as advanced as a worm. Therefore, there must be a supernatural power that created nature, humans and all living and unliving things on earth.

You can ask church or temple people, and you will mostly hear what they have heard about God and sometimes their experiences regarding how faith in God has affected their lives.

But we are not much closer to understanding what He is.

What is the Identity of God?

No one sees the wind nor air, but nobody can question the existence of wind nor air. All of us only can feel and experience it in many ways. We can identify and define God’s identity. We can feel and experience God in several ways whether we are believers of God or not.

God’s form varies according to cultural, religious and the forms we are living as here on earth.

For Black people, God could be Black, for White it could be white. It is same for Hindus. It could have eight hands. For animals, God may be a giant buffalo with four horns. And for Asian people, God has brown eyes and black hair. Actually, He could choose to be any or all of these things. I mean, we are talking about an entirely different way of thinking. Too often, humans tend to put exaggerated human characteristics on God, but that is like putting human characteristics on an atom. We have to think much differently.

God is not jealous, nor petty, does not hold a grudge. He is love. That universal love that does not require something in return. He loves his creations.

So first, we have to stop comparing Him to us humans in how He/She/It thinks.

What if we look deeper?

It is true that we cannot fully understand all there is to know about God. God is not limited by time or space as we are, nor is he constrained by anything else. He/She/It is in everything.

There are some aspects of God that are beyond our comprehension.

Our idea of God is just an exaggerated version of ourselves as we are still not able to define ourselves, but the definition about our self is not always correct. No one can define God. We can just experience and be in awe over it. We can’t really understand it fully. Whatever knowledge we have about God is mostly culturally based and depending on what kind of Culture you have, that is the type of God you have.  Have you heard the stories about people dying then coming back only to tell of the leader we know about – Christian, it is Jesus. And for others and atheists it is something else.  We can only experience this life God gave us, and that could be all there is – that we were given the chance to experience this gift of life God gave all of us.

What if we go beyond

God has been taught to most of us in the churches and temples and Mosques and from well-meaning people who have also learned it from religious organizations. But what if we dig deeper. What if we read other books, listen to other voices? What if we use science to explain God? Science has been used to try to explain our existence forever. The atom – the building block of everything we see, shows that everything we see is basically an illusion. An illusion of atoms and molecules spinning around so fast that it looks real to our senses here on earth.

But looking at science gives us more questions. Science does not tell us who God is, but only shows us how it was done. It also doesn’t explain why.

So let’s look at other books. And let’s use our compass to guide us. That inner sense of what is the truth. Let’s look at what some of the best known ancient and modern philosophers have said about God.

Some Quotes

Michael Beckwith, modern spiritual philosopher and motivational teacher, said God is not Superman in the sky. It is Beauty, intelligence and life. God is our life, and we are expressions of that life.

Neale Donald Walsh said God is in everything seen and unseen, there is nothing that exists that is not a part of God.

“Always, everywhere God is present, and always He seeks to discover Himself to each one.” – A.W. Tozer

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” – Mother Teresa

“God has no religion.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Let us never forget to pray. God lives. He is near, and He is real. He is not only aware of us, but cares for us. God is our Father. He is accessible to all who will seek Him.” Gordon B. Hinckley

Saddhguru says it is impossible to truly describe ourselves. How can we possibly describe the Great Creator? We can only experience it and dissolve into it.

“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.” Hans Urs von Balthasar

“God’s voice is usually nothing more than a whisper, and you have to listen very carefully to hear it. But other times, in those rarest of moments, the answer is obvious and rings as loud as a church bell.” Nicholas Sparks

Swami Mukundananda suggests if we want to know who He is that we ask Him directly. Why ask people who may or may not know? Ask directly to the source, and be prepared and open to receiving the reply in one or more unexpected places, such as from a friend or the radio or a magazine page or an ad, or from that soft tiny voice deep inside.

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God and Racism

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation –

– where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

I have a dream that one day in Alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and little white girls as brothers and sisters.” These famous words are from Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr’s speech, “I Have a Dream,” in Washington, D.C. His speech gives a clear vision of an ideal society where God and racism can not coexist. This is the standard for a people if they claim God created us as equal and to be discrimination-free towards all its people.

It had been almost three score years since this speech was delivered. Dr. King always wanted to see American society evolve into a racist-free community one day. Unfortunately, even after over half a century, racism has remained one of the deepest-rooted problems in America and the world.

God and Racism – Racism is not noticing skin color. Racism is thinking one’s color is better than another.

And that kind of judgement can lead to all kinds of b.s. God never intended there to be one race or color be above another for it is said more than once that we are all brothers and sisters.

Racism, in its simplest terms, is the discrimination and discriminatory oppresive behavior toward others due to skin color. The culture one is coming from, the kind of clothing one wears, or even the type of language one speaks. It also includes discrimination due to one’s country of origin, religious beliefs, etc. Several historical examples show the Historical Origins and Development of Racism and how people have faced racism in various forms.

One of the most famous examples is whites’ discrimination against

black people simply due to their skin color in America and European countries. Another example of racism is anti-Semitism, i.e., the hatred and mistreatment of Jews.

A form of racism that targets people of the Jewish faith. The peak of this anti-Semitism was seen during The Holocaust instigated by Adolf Hitler.  Millions of Jews were killed in a mass genocide because of their Jewish background[1]. Jews were the scape goat and blamed for everything wrong in the world.

There is no need to peep into history. We can observe our surroundings and easily seeracism happening in some form or another right among us. One is alienated from the school sports team if they look, talk or act differently from other players. One is sidelined from his friends’ circle because he comes from another land with different habits. Furthermore, one can be seen as something less than the others.

If he puts a long tilak on his forehead as in the Hindu system, has a long beard and white cap as followed in the Muslim community, has a weird kind of turban on his head as worn in Sikh traditions, he is still human just as equal to any other human.  Suppose a person speaking a different language lives in a particular community having a common foreign language. In that case, that person is made to feel separate from the community on certain occasions. Discrimination of people based on caste, creed, or gender is also visible worldwide.

Just like Cancer

Just as cancer starts with a small portion in a body and gradually spreads taking control of the whole body and eventually leading to the death of the person. Similarly, this racism is also as bad as cancer in modern society, ultimately defeating the unity of society by atacking the differences instead of the commonalities.

Fear of the unknown also contributes to misunderstanding and distrust. Someone may have “heard” about those kinds of people and so they sow the rumors that lead to fear and lack of compassion and human understanding.

It is says that Man is a social animal and cannot live without society. Still, suppose a man chooses to remain on the platform of animalistic thinking and propensities. In that case, he must live without society as there is no peace, harmony, or happiness in a community of lower vibrational animals. The kind of impact racism leaves on people’s lives is egregious. Specific incidents from people’s lives worldwide are sufficient to show what kind of society we live in. But we can do better when we consider God and racism.

As a black girl

I have experienced a lot of pain because of my skin color. Being an Indian Muslim in America, I can say that I have experienced racism and microaggressions quite a few times. I was in elementary school, asking my friend if I could go to her house. She said, “No, sorry, my dad doesn’t like Indians.” A lot of my childhood friends were nonblack, and I often was made to feel like an outsider with them,” says KJ from Texas[2].

Throughout the years. I have heard multiple “jokes” about all Muslims — or even just brown people in general—being terrorists, says Ridah Shaikh. Lakhwant Singh was working in his suburban Denver liquor store in April 2020 when a man walked in, assaulted him, damaged products, shouted profanity, and yelled, “go back to your country”[2].

Recent researches on racism post-pandemic are more worrying. Asian Americans are more likely than any other group to say they have been subject to slurs or jokes because of their ethnicity since the coronavirus outbreak. Sizable shares of Black and Asian adults worry other people might be suspicious of them if they wear a mask in public.

Since the coronavirus outbreak. Most Asian Americans (58%) and 45% of Black Americans say it is more common for people to express racist views toward their group. These are some of the research results share by the Pew Research Organization[3].

Let’s talk about God and racism. Does God discriminate?

Can God help us solve racism?

So far, we have discussed God and racism, its origin to some extent, and various incidents. Does God discriminate? Of course not, however, I want to suggest the root cause of racism from the perspective of religion and God and a simple solution to eradicate it. As it is evident from people’s experience, racism originates from an individual’s bias or prejudice, which stems from his own identity. Self-preservation is the first and fundamental law of nature.

Every individual wants to preserve their body, mind, ideas, thinking, feelings, beliefs, and emotions.

During this process, he creates likes and dislikes because he is the center of the activity. One who agrees with his ideas and views is included in his circle, and the rest he excludes. One sees and promotes the views and priorities of one group or “category” of people over others.

When this process expands from person to family to society to community and ultimately to nation, discrimination originates in colossal form, which we can call systematic racism when runs through many areas of a society, from law enforcement to housing to financial. In all these expressions, the aim is one’s self-satisfaction and maintenance of superiority of beliefs, thoughts, and emotions. Let us see what various religious scriptures have to say about racism starting with the classic Indian spiritual text, ⁸Bhagavad Gita, and where Lord Krishna informs that we are⁰ not these bodies but souls, indicating I am not Indian, American, etc.

I do not belong to a particular society, community, family, or even mind. I am pure spirit soul, and part and parcel of God, above all these bodily designations. Since we are not purified, we identify ourselves with body & mind and fight with each other on superficial physical identifications. Verse 5.18 of Bhagavad Gita gives us the vision of an elevated person.

Who has come to this realization of soul. “The humble sage, by true knowledge. Sees with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater [outcaste].

” As per The Bible, Galatians 3:26 Romans 8:14, we are all children of God, and hence we are brothers and sisters. In the holy Quran, in the matter of dealings with other people. The Qur’an says. “Do not let the hatred of others to you make you swerve to do wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety.” (Quran Surah Al-Maa’idah, 5:8) That is. Do not let your enmity for your enemies exceed the limits and turn you away from justice in either words or actions. Similar instructions can be found in other religious scriptures.

So a careful study of all these scriptures gives us a clear understanding of how to treat other human beings on a level equal to oneself. Free from any discrimination because God created us equal. But someone may question how religion can solve the problem of racism.

It might be difficult to imagine realigion can help the race situation when there have been ongoing conflicts between various religious groups. This happens when people live with a false conception of the Hindu, Muslim, or the Christian God and the many sects without acknowledging that the sun, although known by different names in various countries, is the same. It equally distributes sunshine to everyone. A rose, by any other name, is still a rose and smells so sweet.

Hence, acknowledging that God is one and we all are his children is key. Even if this principle is practiced daily, racism from its roots can be ended if these principles are taught in all churches, schools, colleges, and homes from today onwards.

The issues between God and racism can be completed very quickly. Recently, there has been a great debate on teaching Critical Race Theory in America because some fear that CRT admonishes all white people for being oppressors while classifying all black people as hopelessly oppressed victims. Yes, it may happen, but even if it is not taught people can go to the internet and learn this theory in great detail. Nowadays, social media can be so influential – even more than schools or colleges.

The difference is known by everybody, but discussing the problem will get you a wide range of solutions. Our government, police, and society can help us to some extent. Still, until and unless we revolutionize our consciousness and do not make this simple principle deep-conviction in our hearts a priority, the evil of racism will continue in society. Unfortunately we think teaching Science, Math, Engineering, Law, etc., is essential for children, but also learning how to treat our fellow humans with dignity and respect and how best to live a life one can feel proud of – one that is just and right is even more important.

Still, lessons in practicing humility, tolerance, equal treatment, and justice can not be ignored. And the common practice of resorting to intolerance should be stopped.

The height of the illusion is that one knows a person can drive a plane, repair a car or fight a case in court if and only if he has practiced making himself qualified. Still, we expect these saintly qualities to manifest in oneself automatically without practice. If not supported by our elders and leaders, where will they lead us, and will it be a place we will be happy?

Whether it’s a question of the external world or the inner world of human beings. No skill or quality can develop without regular practice and dedication. Since it’s an internal disease of an individual. The solution must come from inside but be encourage and supported by those who want to because we understand the desirability of living in a just society. The preference of living in justice for all, for if not, you could be next to suffer in an untethered world ruled by fear and emotions.

All owe the search and cure of racism not only to those wronged but to we that judge and have the power to affect situations when we do not follow our better angels. But when we slip into the human darker characteristics of anger, fear, blame, and suspicion based on things we heard or told by our leaders or media industry could lead us to disaster.

Speaking about media, some do not consider that the surest way to increase veiwers for the news shows is to sensationalize it. Using fear and anger will get more to watch.

One of the key lessons in the Christian Bible is thou shalt not judge. Yet tat is what we do so easlily. We are responsible for the crime of judging a person, and more, judging another unknown person by only what we see and not what is inside them. We need to strive to find out what is inside every one of God’s children. Remember, God created us equal, and not to just see what is outside to judge. for all to join in prejudiced emotions running unchecked without asking for wisdom and the universal love that God gave us.

References

[1] https://www.britannica.com/topic/anti-Semitism
[2]https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/18/learning/what-students-are-saying-about-race-and-racism-in-america.html
[3]https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2020/07/01/many-black-and-asian-americans-say-they-have-experienced-discrimination-amid-the-covid-19-outbreak/

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SURRENDERING TO GOD’S LOVE.

IN THE DARK

After losing my mother, father, and sister when I was a child, I had not experienced a mother’s love. When I was three years old, I lost my mother, which took a toll on me, making me crave love my entire life. I grew up with three half-sisters and my stepmother, but I always felt alone. In a room full of people, I still felt lonely. My time was always spent locked up in my room. I distanced myself from my family. And, of course, God’s love was nowhere to be found.

I grew up thinking about universal love and happiness. When I found the love, I gave out more than I received. I went the extra mile in relationships because I was afraid of rejection. One of the most savage yet significant quotations I’ve read is, ‘If you were not fed love on a spoon. You would always lick it off knives.’ Of course I only got temporary love from the world, which did not last. I got into a relationship where they treated me like crap, and worst of all, I begged to stay in the relationship because I was willing to choose pain as long as it was link to love, as Lauren Eden did.

The world didn’t give me the love I craved, so I began looking for the love of God. All It did was leave me hollow and desperate for more attention. I was tired of disappointment after disappointment, and my spirit couldn’t take anymore. And that is when I came into an encounter with my creator when I had lost all hope. As I was crying on the floor, I realized that the world could not satisfy my deepest desires, and I turned and surrendered everything to God.

THE SURRENDER to God

Since God created us in His image, we all have a little piece of God in us, and when life pushes us to the wall, we turn to a power higher than us. When I was in my darkest pit, I remembered a higher authority than me and my problems, and I knelt and said a little prayer.

My relationship was in shambles; my business was going down the drain. Even on my knees, I prayed for God to fix my current life because I did not want to give it up; I did not want to give up my control. Spirituality is more about letting go rather than gaining. That is how God works.

After fighting for so long, I finally decided to give all my burdens to the Almighty. I completely surrendered to God. I felt the idea of what to do about my  relationship and business – I let it go. I was willing to let God take control, I mean, I had tried to control it myself, and it almost brought me to the grave, so I let the perfect designer design my life the way He pleased. It was the best decision I ever made.

Think about God

So, do you ever think about God? We think about a power bigger than us, a power outside us; whether you are Christian, Muslim, or Buddhist, we all were created with a need to be loved, a hole that craves for gods love; GOD created us in such a way so that we would need Him and only Him to fill the void that we have in us.

When we think about God and surrender to God, we think about giving away our power, which is hard for most people, including me. We always want to be in control and plan the day, week, and month–which is not bad, but how do you know what will happen in the next five minutes? No matter what happens, even if we don’t agree to it. We never know what will happen in the next five seconds. We set that alarm clock with the hope of making it to tomorrow. The truth is there is a higher power controlling our fate. We should surrender everything to God and know He can fix all matters.

Gods Love

God’s love . God gave us free will to choose, but He is still in charge. God created us and everything on earth. He knows us more than we know ourselves, so even though we have been given free will, let’s choose to let God control our lives. I  acknowledged that I was ready to give up control and the idea of my relationship, life, and business. I was prepared for God to give me everything he desired.

As I was crying on my bed, I felt an overpowering presence. I cannot describe it; this feeling was so powerful that I could feel His love. I knew that no matter the situation I was confident that He would go through it with me. And I would surrender everything to God; I realized God is love. He loves us, and He created us in his image. His plan for us is not to suffer; he wants us to reach out when we want to. So he can fulfill his perfect will for us. We don’t need to be perfect with God. We should think about God, but we must be valid with Him, tell Him when we are hurting, and be upfront and honest with Him. He is not after perfection; He is after the truth.

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