My truths about God

God

Who is God, and where do we find him?

The first question that I draw from this statement is whether or not my truth is an absolute truth or not. And is there such a thing as an absolute truth, or are all truths based on our own personal perceptions and identity? Like thinking that I am a handsome man may be very much an unshakable truth to me, but it in no way means that it is your truth!
But I’m sure that seems mundane in terms of defying God and what one believes to be the truth about God. Yet, in my humble opinion, they are equally pertinent. And this is because whatever we convince ourselves of ultimately becomes the truth. At least “our” truth. Yet I have to wonder, is there a greater truth in this life; one that is beyond personal perceptions? And if so, would this not break down the wall that separates all of us? No more religious, spiritual, racial or ideological dogmas, only the absolute truth.

Looking at this God idea, I can see clearly that without living beings there would be no concept like this. It is we human beings whom identify with something greater than ourselves, and outside of the self. Yet were it not for the self, there could not exist the minds perception of God. And in that realization, it seems as though God truly exists within us. Individually and personally, therein lies our own truth about God. And with this, does that mean that if one did not have these thoughts about God in their mind that they are absent of God? Or is that God reality present but without a conscious awareness on that individuals part?
In perhaps my typical fashion, I am aware that I raise more questions than I offer answers. But even the Buddha stated that there are 14 unanswerable questions, and more importantly taught us that to ponder them is a futile endeavor. Yet each of us can examine this life and truth for ourselves, that at some point see we may see the universal interconnectedness that is actually present. And for this, I see great benefit.

I think that it may be valuable for each of us to understand that God is so much more than merely a concept, a painting, or a symbol. And perhaps by attaching to any one idea of what or who God is only serves to diminish this and divide us from one another. And whether you are religious or not, for the sake of peace, we must begin to understand that all life is precious and of value. There is a reality of dependent origination which is clearly present and irrefutable. And perhaps in that, we find the absolute truth about God. In peace, love, acceptance, goodwill and compassion, I leave the rest to you.

May you be well, happy and peaceful.

  • jekail

    Today, I am thinking that God is a  lot like numbers.  Does the number nine exist?  Or the number twenty?  I can’t see them or hold them but they seem to exist.  Numbers, like God, serve a very useful purpose for us humans.  Numbers and God can be beneficial.  Using a God system, the unexplainable can be somewhat explained.  Grief is lessened.  God exists every bit as much as numbers exist.

    • WHPDave

      jekail Very interesting perspective Jim, thank you.

  • wpankey57

    The topic of God and the nature of truth.  Two of my favorite topics to “muse” about.  Let me be extremely brief here as I cannot write at length.  Both the words/concepts of “God,” and “truth” are slippery and need to be defined and both parties must understand how the other uses the terms.  I won’t go into defining “truth,” as we would have to study epistemology and “God” theology for two semesters–as I often do.
    Let me just say that I’m not a relativist when it comes to truth. I believe some things are true and others are not.  I follow Aristotle here and this three criteria for truth; 1). The law of non-contridiction, 2). The law of the excluded middle and 3). The law of identity.
    In terms of the existence of God that largely depends on what we mean by God.  If we have the idea of the Judeo-Christian God in mind I think the inductive (not deductive) evidence weights in the favor it “his” nonexistence.  The single factor that tips the scales in a rational disbelief in a Judeo-Christian God is the “Problem of Evil.”  See the Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy for a good overview of the “Problem.” http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/evil/
    As Daniel Patrick Moynihan was allegedly said, “”Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”