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Who or what is God?

Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. (1 Pet. 1:21)

Ever since I can remember, I have pondered that same question and it wasn't until my son died that I really wanted to know. As a result, I started asking myself questions, like -

* Is God a person, and if so, where is He?

* Does He exist today, or is He some pre-fabricated idea that each culture hands down from generation to generation?

* Is God a He?

* Is God a Spirit - you know, like the Bible says - "... and the Spirit of God moved across the waters ...", if God is a Spirit, what does that Spirit look like? Can we see said same with the naked eye? Can we feel God near us?"

OMG (pardon the pun), where on earth was I going to find the answers to those questions?

Let's start with the bible -

Genesis 1:2 - And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

1 Corinthians 2:10 - But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

What does The Bhagavad Gita say?

Lord Sri Krsna is speaking to His dear friend Arjuna:

I am the taste of water, the light of the sun and the moon, the syllable om in the Vedic mantras; I am the sound in ether and ability of man. (BG: 7.8)

I am the original fragrance of the earth, and I am the heat in fire. I am the life of all that lives, and I am the penances of all ascetics. (BG: 7.9)

I am the original seed of all existences, the intelligence of the intelligent, and the prowess of all powerful men. (BG: 7.10)

I am the strength of the strong, devoid of passion and desire. I am sex life which is not contrary to religious principles. (BG: 7.11)

What do Buddhists believe?

We don't believe in a god because we believe in humanity. We believe that each human being is precious and important, that all have the potential to develop into a Buddha - a perfected human being.

We believe that humans can outgrow ignorance and irrationality and see things as they really are. We believe that hatred, anger, spite and jealousy can be replaced by love, patience, generosity and kindness.

We believe that all this is within the grasp of each person if they make the effort, guided and supported by fellow Buddhists and inspired by the example of the Buddha.

As the Buddha says:

"No one saves us but ourselves, No one can and no one may."

We ourselves must walk the path, but Buddhas clearly show the way.

Dp. 165 (http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/qanda03.htm)

And Science?

* “This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.”- Isaac Newton (“General Scholium,” in Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, Isaac Newton. 1687)

* Probably the leading paleontologist alive today, Simon Conway Morris, the scientist who discovered the significance of the Cambrian explosion of animal life, writes in his seminal book, Life’s Solutions, that he is “convinced” that nature’s success in the lottery of life has “metaphysical implications.”

* “I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle. God to me is a mystery but is the explanation for the miracle of existence, why there is something instead of nothing.”- Alan Sandage (winner of the Crawford prize in astronomy)

* "As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”- Max Planck (founder of the quantum theory and one of the most important physicists of the twentieth century)

* “Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe which was created out of nothing, one with the very delicate balance needed to provide exactly the conditions required to permit life, and one which has an underlying (one might say ‘supernatural’) plan.” - Arno Penzias (Nobel prize in physics) Margenau, H and R.A. Varghese, ed. 1992. Cosmos, Bios, and Theos. La Salle, IL, Open Court, p. 83.

* “There is a wide measure of agreement which, on the physical side of science approaches almost unanimity, that the stream of knowledge is heading towards a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine. Mind no longer appears as an accidental intruder into the realm of matter. We are beginning to suspect that we ought rather to hail mind as the creator and governor of the realm of matter—not of course our individual minds, but the mind in which the atoms out of which our individual minds have grown, exist as thoughts.”- Sir James Jeans knighted mathematician, physicist and astronomer who helped develop our understanding of the evolution of stars, wrote this in his book The Mysterious Universe (Cambridge, 1931).

Hmmm - interesting :).

Both Buddhism and Scientology do not believe in God, but they do purport an energy force of some kind; and according to the bible, God is a Spirit - a ghost-like figure - an energy force with no physical body; and Lord Krsna is telling me that He is NOT the physical, but the energy behind the physical.

I, then, personally believe in God and all the many different concepts that people have of Him (some of which are mentioned above). It is okay to have an idealism because at the end of the day, that idealism will help us to aspire to a higher vibration and in doing so, we reach a 'truth' - our truth!

Peace and Light

Amelia Robinson

www.myspiritualuniverse.com






















About Amelia Robinson

I am the second eldest of five (all girls), and spent most of my growing years on an Orchard, where my father worked. Religion and Spirituality was talked about and sometimes followed, but not persistently. I always felt alone and try as I might, could never seem to find a relationship where I could give my love completely and not get hurt, until I had my children. My aunty once told me that I brought my kids up right because they love and that was the highest compliment anyone could say to me. Still floundering from relationship to relationship in search of 'true love', it wasn't until quite recently that I finally stumbled upon it - love for myself - in all its entirety ... more

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