Across my studies I came upon this concept. Forgetting all differences in religion and accepting what we all are(human), this seems to be the “right” definition of “God”.
“God is all” Pantheism “All is God”. It is the view that everything is God, and God is all. It states that the Universe, Nature and God are all equivalent. In other words natural law, existence and the universe is God. Interpreting the Bible, and peoples preconceived notions of reality can relate to this. When we see natures beauty and wrath, or stare up at the heavens, we see God. Believe what you will, Intelligent Design, Bible, Torah, Koran…it all fits. It is all one. The Universe and Earth are all in the same space. We are all in the same Life.
Our understanding of God is small. We know what we were taught. We know what we feel, and what we feel is Life. Somehow it all fits into a puzzle, Life and all. One connected maze leading us to the supreme reality, leading us to knowledge.
“A religion old or new, that stresses the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by conventional faiths. Sooner or later such a religion will emerge”
-Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot (1994)
“Whatsoever is, is in God, and without God nothing can be, or be conceived. God is indwelling, and not the transient cause of all things”
“I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals Himself in orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with faits and actions of human beings”
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the “Universe”, a part limited in space and time. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest…a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty”
I would respectfully disagree with pantheism. Certainly, God is in all, but God is not all. God & I are not one, else there would be no separation between Creator & created.
How can God be in all and not all. I respect your opinion…it is what makes us unique. Thank you for your thoughts
I respect both of your opinions. Ereal, great answer! Religion is filled with ideas that make no sense. Usually followed by “but they are not mean to,” or “you just do not understand.” In any case, I’m not religious, but one of my good friends is. He says “god is a metaphor for the transcendent.” I totally agree. I’m pretty patheistic myself, though I don’t believe the universe cares about me or anyone. Yet, when people care about people, the Universe is sorta caring for them in it’s form as people. Unfortunately this applies to people hating each other .
My term is Panentheism. We are all part of God, and God is part of all of us.
We are all one.
Thanks for your comments…always nice to know someone reads my writing…And thanks wig for the term…I looked into Panentheism. I like the philosophy as well. Always love to learn.
The concept that God is all and all is God is very profound. We must all be connected to our source. Our search along our journey really is the search for how to reconnect to our source.
Pantheism, by some definitions, is another form of atheism. It is a way to acknowledge our sense of awe for the universe.