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    Default What does the term "god" mean to you?

    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?

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    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.

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    The word "God" generates thoughts about an entity or entities that others believe in. When this entity/ies or its belief is pushed onto me through religious force feeding, it annoys me.

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    Westminster Larger Catechism
    Question 7: What is God?

    Answer: God is a Spirit, in and of himself infinite in being, glory, blessedness, and perfection; all-sufficient, eternal, unchangeable, incomprehensible, every where present, almighty, knowing all things, most wise, most holy, most just, most merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.
    Thinking about God brings about feelings of guilt at times, but more often feelings of joy and peace. My feelings of guilt go against my knowledge and beliefs about God.

    I'll also mention that I think a very unique thing about the triune God that I believe in is that he is that it is possible to say that he is, will be and has always been love. That is before creation love existed because there were always three persons within the godhead engaged in a loving relationship. At no time was the triune God a solitary and loveless entity.

    This is of course a great mystery and so while I'm likely to think of love when I think of God I'm also likely to get a headache trying to make sense of it all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metaphor View Post
    The word "God" generates thoughts about an entity or entities that others believe in. When this entity/ies or its belief is pushed onto me through religious force feeding, it annoys me.
    This. To add: God in my opinion isn't necessarily a being more than an ideal and a concept, one that gives Humanity something to aspire to. As human beings we are not perfect, but God is, and so, if we could be more like God we could become "more perfect" in our actions, thoughts, and behaviors, which I believe is the ultimate goal of religion and spirituality in general.

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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?
    What I think about the word "god" can vary greatly depending on the context that the word is being used.

    However if I am thinking about God myself then I think of things like: Creator, Redeemer, Almighty, my ultimate leader, my forever friend. Thinking about God gives me peace, security, hope and compassion for other people.
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    god=sky father. See also: a notion you tend to believe if you are exposed to the idea at an early age.

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    i use the word god like all words: as it pleases me. i am not a slave to any dictionary. meaning of language is context sensitive.

    (and if anyone cares, i am one of those insane nonduality guys)

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    I'm an agnostic so I honestly don't know if a god even exists.

    I see God as the creator of the universe, someone who oversees the universe but I don't see God as good or bad. More as an onlooker who created the universe, then stepped back to observe what happens.
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    When I think of God is an entity that is omniscient and omnipresent and omnipotent. Or more than one of these entities (if we are talking "gods") that share those 3 traits between them or something.

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