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Old 01-02-2014, 07:47 PM #1
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What is God?

Everyone talks about him/it/she but who or what is it?
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:28 PM #2
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In theism, God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. In deism, God is the creator (but not the sustainer) of the universe. In pantheism, God is the universe itself.
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Old 01-02-2014, 10:32 PM #3
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So in theism God is a what?

It could be Orion. Imagine your house gets struck by lightning at night and the clouds clear and there is this dude up there.

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So in theism God is a what?
A concept.
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Old 01-02-2014, 11:43 PM #6
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The creator, almighty, alpha and omega. It can go on an on. Best thing is to search it out yourself man people gonna tell you so many different things.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:03 AM #7
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In theism, God is the creator and sustainer of the universe. In deism, God is the creator (but not the sustainer) of the universe. In pantheism, God is the universe itself.
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So in theism God is a what?
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In theism, God is the creator and sustainer of the universe.
Idk how that could be any clearer...
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:32 AM #8
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Rephrase, what is God made out of? If God exists it must be made of something. A dog exists because it is made of flesh and bone.
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:59 AM #9
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Gravity exists and it isn't made of anything.

I don't believe in god and even I think that's a silly line of reasoning you are going down.
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:19 AM #10
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A dog doesn't exist because it's made of flesh and bone. It exists because we assign that particular animal a particular name in a root language and that name was translated.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:51 AM #11
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The more appropriate question to ask is "who" is God? The physical embodyment of a deity is pretty meaningless.
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The more appropriate question to ask is "who" is God?
I disagree, that creates a God in man's image. Do you really want to constrain God with a personality?
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:26 PM #13
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the God that can be described is not God as it exists
the terms used to describe God are not the things they describe
What evades description is the wholeness of God
description is only a listing of parts
without effort you can experience God
with effort you can understand its effects
both paths approach reality differently
accepting this paradox allows you to access the whole

anything else is just sophistry. good day.
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:01 PM #14
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I disagree, that creates a God in man's image. Do you really want to constrain God with a personality?
He is referred to as "He" is He not? Hence, God to be consistent has to be somewhat anthropomorphic. To remove God's personality relegates Him to a thing not worthy of any type of worship. If God is the universe, it is not God. It is a series of reactions similar to vinegar and baking soda or gravity.

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Old 01-03-2014, 08:42 PM #15
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A dog doesn't exist because it's made of flesh and bone. It exists because we assign that particular animal a particular name in a root language and that name was translated.
A dog exists because it is made out of the same particles that make up our universe. Flesh and bone may have been an over simplification. I was not discussing the word I was discussing the creature.
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:05 PM #16
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I enjoy how you ignored the gravity comment.

You created a thread with the intent to create an argument. Your OP was answered quite well in the first post and you continued to question the answer to your original post until something was said you could misconstrue to support your biased agenda.

If you wanted to argue what God is or isn't you should have said that in your original post.
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A concept.
I think this is the winning post.
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:08 PM #18
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He is referred to as "He" is He not? Hence, God to be consistent has to be somewhat anthropomorphic. To remove God's personality relegates Him to a thing not worthy of any type of worship. If God is the universe, it is not God. It is a series of reactions similar to vinegar and baking soda or gravity.
No this is all wrong. You can call God a he, describe his personality and anthropomorphize all day long. All you are doing is describing individual details, and those details are not God.
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He is referred to as "He" is He not? Hence, God to be consistent has to be somewhat anthropomorphic. To remove God's personality relegates Him to a thing not worthy of any type of worship. If God is the universe, it is not God. It is a series of reactions similar to vinegar and baking soda or gravity.
Gravity isn't a simple chemical reaction. Nor is it made of matter as far as we know.
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Liberty, communism, happiness, and imagination are all things that exist despite not being "made of something".
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I disagree, that creates a God in man's image. Do you really want to constrain God with a personality?
Describe, not constrain.

Post 2 and post 18 are enough to satisfy the original question.
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