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Godhood is achieved, not when you have absolute power,
not when you have absolute knowledge, but when you find
more pleasure and fulfillment in serving others than being
served. - Site Author
"The greatest achievements of the human mind are
generally received with distrust." - Arthur Schopenhauer
WHAT IS A GOD?
The ancient humans on earth, who we sometimes incautiously revere, all believed that the
planets of the pantheon were gods, especially the earlier sun Saturn, but
also our sun of today. The sun is partially beneficent, giving off the light and
energy that we absolutely need, and giving credit for that is a partial form of
sun worship. Ancient mythology and ancient sacred texts accept all that. Why do
we not do so today?
"Is the sun benevolent? How does it inspire your
daily life? Does it constantly rage? I don't know, and you don't
know either, and it's not a thing we can risk lying about, because
they [aliens] may very well know themselves. To them, a star is a
living entity. It's a god, but more than our gods, because they can
see a star and feel its heat and never doubt that it's always
there." - G. Eklund and G. Benfor, "If the Stars are Gods,"
Universe 4 (N. Y., 1974), pp. 121-159, especially pp. 129-131
All of this raises the following questions:
- What are the intellectually responsible criteria for defining a God?
- Why should we care?
- Is there a God that exists whether we want one or not?
- Does the word “Creator” mean something different from the word “God?” If we do not define the concepts of
Creator and God in an intellectually responsible way, why are these concepts relevant?
- What do we need a God for?
- What good does having a God do?
- What would or should a God worthy of the term offer to us?
- What would a specific person have to offer in order to be considered as God?
- How would a God be different from us?
- Would a God be transcendent or superior?
- Would a God be dangerous to be around?
- Would a God be an “ideal” person? An ideal human? Ideal for whom?
- If you met God in human form in person, how would you know? How could you tell?
Would you just take his word for it?
- Would a God be perfect? By whose or what standard or criteria?
- What would it take for you to really believe in God?
- If one's fundamental concepts of God are wrong, how could one ever get them right?
- From where did your concepts of God come? From religious
upbringing and teaching?
- Can you ground your concepts in your own personal study, research, thinking
- What should or should not a God do to change our concepts to be accurate?
- Who should answer these question except you?
It is very productive to occasionally re-ask the fundamental questions.
Some theological premises of this site are:
- That we need a better, more meaningful definition of the term "God"
- That the proper definition of "sin" is holding a wrong,
destructive concept or understanding of "God", of his
character, purpose, values and intentions
- That Jesus came to resolve this most fundamental problem,
once and for all, with a wonderful and adequate demonstration for the entire universe
- Part of the premise is that Christendom has adopted a false
and shallow definition of Sin, one based not on how Jesus defined and used
the term, but one based on Old and New Testament Legalism.