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    Quote Originally Posted by Beat View Post
    How would you define it? When you hear the word, what kind of feelings does it evoke - contempt, peace, hope, despair etc.? Anything else you want to add?
    There are ten thousand gods, a god for every mood and every occasion, a god for me and a god for you.

    Hinduism best encapsulates the faces, the moods and the relationships of the gods.

    Hinduism grew on the fertile plains and river valleys of Mother India, while the three monotheistic religions grew in the barren desserts of Arabia. And it shows.

    Imagine trying to force all of humanity into one god. It can't be done peacefully and wasn't. And isn't even today. Today we are being suicide bombed, shoehorned into the One True God, the merciful. But the shoe pinches and we can't dance. So naturally the Taliban forbid music and dancing under pain of death.

    Meanwhile the Bhagavad Gita dances on and we dance with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    God is reality. Completely bizarre, all-powerful, and worthy of respect and awe. One doesn't always feel connected or even appreciative of that, but when you do connect to it, it's humbling and inspiring.
    I was going to try to express my own thoughts along these lines, but this is much more concise than what I would have come up with. I would add that one gets more done when one does not deny reality. Another way to see it is to live in harmony with the universe. This is my version of "following God's will", etc. etc.

    What Victor said is good, too. As humans, it often helps to personify this bizarre, awe-inspiring reality. (Also makes for good ritual theatre.)

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    There are ten thousand gods, a god for every mood and every occasion, a god for me and a god for you..

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    God: a conscious being more powerful than humans, who is able to communicate with humans and influence their lives.

    Humans pray to their gods, try to guess the will of those beings, obey the people who (say they) speak in the name of the gods, attribute wonders and miracles to them... In that regard, the Catholic saints are on par with eg. the Roman gods.

    Feelings? Nostalgic memory; thankful for some nice priests and religion teachers who have taught me a lot, and a tremendous curiosity. I want to know how religion evolved through humanity, what people believe in and why. Also a sort of dissonance, at once I feel that belief is a tremendous force, shaking you and compelling you to act for good causes (I'm thinking about people like Bishop Romero), at the other hand I'm quite convinced it's false. Do we support a lie if the consequences are that people are happier? ARE people really happier that way? Some of them are. I was really happy as a Christian. I'm really happy as an atheist, too.
    I don't know. That Ti of mine is screaming - but it's FALSE! and Fe says - Don't argue about it, people will hate you for that.
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    I see God as humanities most enduring character.

    People have outsized intelligence compared to other animals, and being all too aware and cognizant of our quality of life and inevitable death, we adopt realities where someone will let us live forever and in happiness, and then the anxiety subsides. It's bittersweet.

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    when something feels good.
    i tend to gasp out 'oh god'
    every normal man must be tempted, at times,
    to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag,
    and begin slitting throats.
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    Smile Our Sacred Senses

    God is our greatest creation. God enables us to see ourselves from the outside. God enables us to transcend ourselves. This is why we call God transcendent.

    Fortunately God will never die for we will always need to see ourselves from the outside, we will always need to see ourselves from the God's eye view.

    However although God will never die, God will change and God is changing as I write. So rather than seeing ourselves from the God's eye view, we are starting to listen to one another with God's ear.

    Under literacy we borrowed God's eye; and under the telephone and the television we borrow all God's senses. Before long we will be saying, God created all our senses and found them good.

    We are finally coming to all our senses and finding them sacred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beat View Post
    How would you define it? When you hear the word, what kind of feelings does it evoke - contempt, peace, hope, despair etc.? Anything else you want to add?
    A entinity with way more power, knowledge and lifetime than us. Depending on the context, it can even be infinite power, infinite knowledge and infinite lifetime.
    Hearing the word doesn't evoke any feelings at all for me.
    They say I only think in form of crunching numbers.....
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    God is mankind's most ambitious attempt to explain the unexplainable.
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    The word "god" is the word "dog" spelled backwards. As English is not my native language, that's the first thing that I think of. I'm not saying this with any disrespectful intent.

    Thinking about what God represents...I would have to say that as a person with nearly nonexistent contact with organized religion...but still enough to be instilled with the reverence at least towards the significance the whole concept has on others around me...the idea of God as an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient "something"..."out there"...makes me feel slightly uncomfortable...and paranoid...

    I simply cannot define God in any coherent manner...I've always resigned to the idea that it doesn't really matter if God exists or not...I have to follow what I believe is right at any given moment...take responsibility and face the consequences. If God exists, everything I do is between God and I and nobody else; if not...I still have to face myself. All in all, I don't think about God and it doesn't worry me, I don't sense a lack in my life in that respect.

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    In these dark times of my life 'god' gives me the creeps and he is cruel
    "...Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?"
    Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."
    "At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland"
    "Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting"

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