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.
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.