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    What does God mean to you? Is it something conscious? Do you believe in the literal existence of something you identify as God? Why or why not? Does this God exist in the same space and time as us? What do you believe God's meaning is in relation to humanity was a whole? Why is God important or not important at all?
    There is no such thing as separation from God.

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    Brendan, are you high again?

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    Dude, if I were high, I would've given up half way through typing the OP.
    There is no such thing as separation from God.

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    Roger, just checking

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brendan View Post
    What does God mean to you?
    God is a way to explain things that the human mind does not comprehend. It is a way to explain why things with such low probability occur. It is a way to explain where we came from and why. The infinite recession of the question "Why" often leads to God.

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    Is it something conscious?
    Well it would have to be conscious if any of the popular world religions are correct, unless its some sort of life essence.

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    Do you believe in the literal existence of something you identify as God? Why or why not?
    I don't because I don't see any evidence. Seeing 'evidence' is completely dependent on perspective.

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    Does this God exist in the same space and time as us?
    If it did it could not be God.

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    What do you believe God's meaning is in relation to humanity was a whole?
    God is something we have invented to try to cope with our lack of understanding of the world, it was a necessity without Science.

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    Why is God important or not important at all?
    The way I understand it, the most plausible way in which God could exist would be in a fashion where it did not interact with our Universe, where it just set the laws, but really had no freedom other than that, because once the laws are set they are in stone.

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    lol ^
    "Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress. "

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    What's so funny?

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    The fact that he does the llama stare in his avatar gives him the right to say lol all the time.

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    If we get a sample of the general population in the Western culture by addressing 20000 people. Ask each one of them to write a very short essay(no more than 500 words) on what their definition of God is and why. I guarantee you, very few people will agree upon what God is. We will have thousands of radically different ideas of what God should be defined as. We will even notice major discrepancies between the ideas of people who profess to be of the same faith, as for example, a 100 Pentacoste Christians will produce no less than 25 different notions of what God is.

    Why is this the case?

    Because people were led to believe that God is something sublime and powerful. Yet it has never been explained clearly and consistently what exactly it means to be sublime and powerful and how these qualities of character ramify. Hence, people are led to believe that God is exactly that, yet it is left up to their imagination to fill in the gaps. For this reason, people end up with radically different ideas of God.

    However, in institutions of organized religion, the idea of God is investigated in greater detail. However, people are exhorted to do what they are told and memorize basic characteristics God supposedly has. However, in order to effectively store information, one must be able to think clearly. As for example, in order to clearly remember what you were told (especially if the idea is complex), you need to have a disciplined mind. If your mind is not disciplined, the notion you were informed of will be distorted.

    However, almost all of those people clearly understood one thing, that God is something they all must claim to believe in. Yet with regard to the metaphysical structure of this idea, they never bothered to shed light! As that requires much thinking about complicated matters, and to undertake this task, they have never acquired the inspiration.

    This is what Daniel Dennet in Breaking the Spell calls the 'Belief in Belief'.

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    I think the universe, including you, each of your experiences and the monitor you're looking at, is god. It's not a personal god, but something to be in awe of. Thinking it is one thing, but experiencing it intimately is another.

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