What is God?

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    Not the cathechism answer, I can recite that one myself. But really. Most of the time we talk about God but do we actually even agree on the meaning?

    Is God a superego, supercreator of the universe, personality, gender, father, mother, son or some kind of non-conceptual awareness?

    Is God awareness itself? Being itself? As a Buddhist, who does not believe in a creator, savior God, I tend to feel that what people refer to as God is non-conceptual being, awareness, suchness itself.


    Your thoughts?
     
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    I don't believe in any god, but I do want to hear what various believers might have to say on the subject.

    Of course, defining a being which is generally described as outside true human comprehension poses challenges :) Putting something that isn't bound by our physical world, or that is eternal, omnipresent, etc. into human terms with any accuracy may be impossible.

    That said, how people of different faiths view their god(s), even how people of the same faith might have different views, sounds like an interesting discussion. I hope some are willing to try.
     
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    The Creator.
     
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    How does God create? Is it some kind of super magic? Is God shaped like a man?
     
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    My own POV is that God is not humanoid in any way. He is a separate consciousness from ours, and the Ultimate Good.

    I dun care whether he created the Universe; it'd be fine by me if it turns out that was an entirely natural process.

    I dun think he alters events if we pray or "hears every sparrow drop"; seeking God improves a person, and thus, even if God needed a "job", he has one.

    He is eternal and omnipresent.

     
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    Thanks Maddie

    I tend to think of God more like the description in Buddhism of the natural state:

    "Indescribable, inconceivable and inexpressible, the Perfection of Sublime Knowing is unborn and unceasing, the very nature of space. It is the realm of your own self-knowing timeless awareness. I pray homage to the Mother of the Buddhas of the three times."

    Prajnaparamita

    I don't think of God as a creator or savior or forgiver of sins. I think what some refer to as God is consciousness beyond duality.
     
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    He created everything, then set it in motion. Everything you see, and everything you cannot see, they were all created by God.

    He doesn't have a body. He doesn't need one.
     
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    In short, the man in the sky is nothing but a coping mechanism designed to dispel fear and anxiety.
     
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    I know who I think God is.

    I have to wonder why someone who repeatedly says she doesn't believe in God feels compelled to continually post about God and challenge those who believe.

    I wasn't aware that challenging Christianity was a Buddhist trait.
     
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    I've been wondering the same thing.

    And I think I know the answer :)
     

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