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Often times when people talk about not believing in god or following a religion, they usually follow it with "but I believe in a higher power" but don't really explain what they mean. a higher power compared to what? Humans? Nature? The Universe? Any power can be a higher power, it just depends what you're comparing to.
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I think they are referring to something beyond human comprehension, a hidden force or supreme deity. Usually, most people refer to God or to gods. Sometimes, people who don't adhere to any specific faith may also believe in a "higher power." Many say they don't know what it is, but they think something must be there. I haven't heard anyone use the phrase to refer to nature or the universe or humanity, so I don't think those are it.
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A higher power is something more powerful than they are. This implies the belief in a god or gods, cosmic force, something which is controlling things outside of their control.

Honestly, it's kind of a cop out. It's saying, "I kind of believe in a god, but not really, tee hee." Just be an atheist, be a theist, or say, "I'm not sure and haven't given it much thought."
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It kinda sounds like they do believe in god. But don't really want to say that they believe in god
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IShouldBeStudying wrote:

It kinda sounds like they do believe in god. But don't really want to say that they believe in god

Bingo bango. That's exactly how I feel.
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I'm agnostic so I tell people I don't believe in anything but I do believe in a type of higher power. I consider higher power to be a force of nature or a supernatural force, can't be proven but sometimes you just feel like something somewhere is looking out for you.
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Its more of a blanket statement in order to not step on anyone elses beliefs. Since man doesnt know the truth and I doubt we ever will some just call it a higher power.
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What do people mean when they say "higher power" ?

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It's tough. Humans are prone to fear when it comes to death so they want to believe after you die it's all angels and stuff but theres also human skepticism which is like "Well that sounds like BS" but it could be true so they keep some faith but overall dont have much.

That's the average person. Afraid to die basically.
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IShouldBeStudying wrote:

It kinda sounds like they do believe in god. But don't really want to say that they believe in god


When people say God, it's usually a guy who is supposed to be good and helps people. I don't believe in a religious 'GoD'.
I believe that it is possible for a higher power, higher being. Which means it could be humans that evolved so far in technology they built there Universe. Could people be a group of people, not one person.

That's what it means to believe in a higher power IMO.
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I believe in the Elder Ones, Elder Gods, the Blind God of Chaos Azathoth, and his son Nyarlothotep.

All jokes aside...

I believe that a "Higher Power" is used as a term to blanket everything so they don't have to take a side. One of the definitions above I like and applies to HP Lovecrafts writing is "something beyond human comprehension." In the joke above that was a group of aliens who do things beyond human comprehension and end up as gods by human terms, Cthulhu is a prime example. A higher power could be anything that is beyond our knowledge. A group of aliens, the Universe as a whole, luck, karma, etc al. It doesn't even need to be sentient.
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