What is God?

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    It's occurred to me to ask this question, because we often have threads that expect everyone to somehow have the same understanding of God without exploring what it means?

    Are God, Yahweh, Shakti and Shiva, Buddha, Higher Power, the Goddess, and Allah the same or different?

    What are common to these labels of essence nature or divinity?

    What are the unique ways that using our concepts of God can free us from our concepts of God to direct experience of 'that-which-cannot be imagined or described'?

    Some say "God is love". If so, isn't love available to all of us--even those of us who say we don't 'believe in God'?

    What are your thoughts?

    If you call yourself Christian, do you respect all other Christian traditions?
     
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    I go by the true definition of the word:

    That which is giver and taker of life ... which right now, thanks to science, haws to be something unknown or unimagined to us.
     
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    My dad always held the theory that there was big keg and all beers came from it (yes, he's wrong on this). But maybe God works this way . . . . there is one God, one entity, and all the different religions stem from this 'One' . . . but in the end there is just the 'One', rather than many. The different religions are just different ways for people to have faith and express themselves.
     
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    Heavenly Father and Creator, as well as the ultimate righteous judge.

    I have respect for traditions of other Christians inasfar as they are traditions. I think it's nonsense to quibble over traditions...

    But if they aren't biblical, I won't pretend they are.
     
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    You forgot to include the Flying Spagetti Monster.


    Friggin bigot! :doubt:
     
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    Maybe someone just left out that extra "O" ?

    The origin of what is GOOD = God ? :eusa_think:
     
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    Wow. That's kind of fascinating. I've never heard of the definition of God as the 'giver and taker of life'.

    Unknown, and unimagined, I agree with.
     
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    I like that. It makes the commandment to love God make more sense. To love goodness for it's own sake.

    I've reflected on what I learned as a child: "God is the supreme being who made all things."

    With 30 years of Buddhist practice how I relate to that teaching now is that God is being, original nature, unborn and unceasing and free of flaws. From this state of being, which is supreme moment to moment awareness of 'how things truly abide', all else arises as if in a dream.
     
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    God is an aging white man with a long white beard dressed in a toga floating on a cloud.

    We all know that!
     
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