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What sort of a God(s) do you believe in?
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Posted 5/16/10
Is he a kindly and loving grandparent sort of a God? Is he a childish sort, who delights in hurling thunderbolts at random people? Or are they the jealous type, whose chief source of merriment stems from vengeance?
Posted 5/16/10
what do u mean
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It depends on the situation. I don't like to stick to one paradigm, I move around but I have an affinity for the asatru pantheon
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'Well everyone will have their own imaginary friend. But that's just that their imaginary friends for adults, do to the fact non of them have evidence to back them up. '
You be better-off asking what makes your imaginary friend cooler than theirs.


I am betting you get at least two people who will say their God is LOVE.. as if that explains anything about their imaginary friend/god.
Posted 5/16/10
Since one's own relationship with God can often be compared to and described as an individual's own relationship with the parental figure, then wouldn't that suggests the individual's presumption on parenting can subsequently explain why the need of God, and just how God's people should behave?

And as I examining my own logic regarding the nature of our children representing the imminent future of our humanity, I realized that I just transcended my perception beyond current state of humankind and into someplace above our history's, technology's, culture's, and civilization's reach. In other words, I've been to the mountaintop, and I can see the future of mankind from that vintage point; I became one with the outer-universe and humanity is my imaginary oyster.

So why do I need a God? When I can just transient myself into one.
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DomFortress wrote:

Since one's own relationship with God can often be compared to and described as an individual's own relationship with the parental figure, then wouldn't that suggests the individual's presumption on parenting can subsequently explain why the need of God, and just how God's people should behave?

And as I examining my own logic regarding the nature of our children representing the imminent future of our humanity, I realized that I just transcended my perception beyond current state of humankind and into someplace above our history's, technology's, culture's, and civilization's reach. In other words, I've been to the mountaintop, and I can see the future of mankind from that vintage point; I became one with the outer-universe and humanity is my imaginary oyster.

So why do I need a God? When I can just transient myself into one.


Why need a God? Well, one, who are you going to ask to raise the price of your stocks and two, who shall you blame afterward when your stocks takes a nosedive? I highly doubt you can do it, and it offers some confort to think that there might be a fellow out there who can do so, and will do so if you pester him enough.
Posted 5/16/10

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DomFortress wrote:

Since one's own relationship with God can often be compared to and described as an individual's own relationship with the parental figure, then wouldn't that suggests the individual's presumption on parenting can subsequently explain why the need of God, and just how God's people should behave?

And as I examining my own logic regarding the nature of our children representing the imminent future of our humanity, I realized that I just transcended my perception beyond current state of humankind and into someplace above our history's, technology's, culture's, and civilization's reach. In other words, I've been to the mountaintop, and I can see the future of mankind from that vintage point; I became one with the outer-universe and humanity is my imaginary oyster.

So why do I need a God? When I can just transient myself into one.


Why need a God? Well, one, who are you going to ask to raise the price of your stocks and two, who shall you blame afterward when your stocks takes a nosedive? I highly doubt you can do it, and it offers some confort to think that there might be a fellow out there who can do so, and will do so if you pester him enough.
And miss out on the opportunity to learn from my mistakes?

And why should God gets to have all the fun? When apparently I'm as random and unpredictable as I am to some religious individuals, which isn't surprising because they can't even tell just what exactly God's up to at all. While they claimed that they're supposed to follow God's teaching.
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Posted 5/17/10
It's really varies because God has many roles in this cycle of life. When He always been The Merciful, at the same time He is The Avenger. He is The Restorer, The Reinstater Who Brings Back All and He also The Destroyer, The Bringer of Death. He is also The First (Alpha), and The Last (Omega). He is just like the composition of Light and Darkness.

He's giving His Light to the kind and right people and also bringing the Darkness to the evil people that brings destruction to the world as well.
Posted 5/18/10
I don't believe in any gods. Rather, I have studied plenty pertaining to their characteristics. History has numerous gods, and for anyone to claim that certain gods are dead since their one god is true, for instance, makes no sense. I'd say that no gods are dead since they never exactly lived, nor are any gods really better than others, unless you are referring to gods with the sole purpose of benevolence over wreaking havoc.
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he/she or it could be described as nature/life itself or something to pray to when you need help or to help some one and gets you through things and also makes you realize your mistakes maybe something you need to believe is there when your lost and weary or irritated and brings you peace and understanding
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I see "God" as an existence/entity that set the universe in motion, defining its laws and putting in the initial energy, and occasionally giving things a "prod" to make things go in a certain direction. These could be large scale (such as natural disasters - not that all natural disasters would be divine intervention) or small scale (throwing an opportunity in an individual's way, that they can choose to embrace or ignore.) Other than those "prods" I see God as a passive observer; I have always thought that a being of such immense power that it could create the universe would find a prescripted or micromanaged universe pretty dull to watch, whereas a universe that is allowed to evolve according to defined rules could be interesting. This God doesn't care if people believe in him or not, and doesn't punish people for not following rules laid down in a book, but perhaps does take an interest in people as individuals.

In a way, I see the universe as a cosmic version of a game like Sim Life. God is the player who sets the initial conditions, and then lets things evolve naturally according to the rules of the "program", but there is a button that says "earthquake" or "zap infidel with lightning" that he uses every so often :)

I definitely don't believe in the vindictive, kind of humanised Abrahamic God who gives people free will, only to punish them if they don't follow a specific path.
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maffoo wrote:

I see "God" as an existence/entity that set the universe in motion, defining its laws and putting in the initial energy, and occasionally giving things a "prod" to make things go in a certain direction. These could be large scale (such as natural disasters - not that all natural disasters would be divine intervention) or small scale (throwing an opportunity in an individual's way, that they can choose to embrace or ignore.) Other than those "prods" I see God as a passive observer; I have always thought that a being of such immense power that it could create the universe would find a prescripted or micromanaged universe pretty dull to watch, whereas a universe that is allowed to evolve according to defined rules could be interesting. This God doesn't care if people believe in him or not, and doesn't punish people for not following rules laid down in a book, but perhaps does take an interest in people as individuals.

In a way, I see the universe as a cosmic version of a game like Sim Life. God is the player who sets the initial conditions, and then lets things evolve naturally according to the rules of the "program", but there is a button that says "earthquake" or "zap infidel with lightning" that he uses every so often :)

I definitely don't believe in the vindictive, kind of humanised Abrahamic God who gives people free will, only to punish them if they don't follow a specific path.


Quite Deistic of you.
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maffoo wrote:

I see "God" as an existence/entity that set the universe in motion, defining its laws and putting in the initial energy, and occasionally giving things a "prod" to make things go in a certain direction. These could be large scale (such as natural disasters - not that all natural disasters would be divine intervention) or small scale (throwing an opportunity in an individual's way, that they can choose to embrace or ignore.) Other than those "prods" I see God as a passive observer; I have always thought that a being of such immense power that it could create the universe would find a prescripted or micromanaged universe pretty dull to watch, whereas a universe that is allowed to evolve according to defined rules could be interesting. This God doesn't care if people believe in him or not, and doesn't punish people for not following rules laid down in a book, but perhaps does take an interest in people as individuals.

In a way, I see the universe as a cosmic version of a game like Sim Life. God is the player who sets the initial conditions, and then lets things evolve naturally according to the rules of the "program", but there is a button that says "earthquake" or "zap infidel with lightning" that he uses every so often :)

I definitely don't believe in the vindictive, kind of humanised Abrahamic God who gives people free will, only to punish them if they don't follow a specific path.


Quite Deistic of you.


I think that sums it up - from what I've read of Deism, it's the closest to my beliefs.
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I don't believe in a god at all. It seems probable that a god could possibly exist. I have never personally felt, nor have I found any proof to tell me that a god of any sort exists. However I do believe that if a god did exist it would not be anything like what you see in most religions. For instance, the Judeo-Christian god is human. Not in the sense that they claim it is human, but in the sense that it acts human. It responds as a human would to things. It feels things like jealousy, anger, egotism, etc.
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I'm comfortable not knowing and not really caring...

apparantly there is a name for this theological stance.

it's called Apathetic Agnosticism.

On the other hand since I was christened and confirmed into a christian sect. perhaps I'm an apostate.


Again we get back to the main point. I don't care.
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