If God is everything

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To "Eh": Forget about greek gods. And if you choose to lay derogatory comments on my belief, that's fine. I at least expected you to be able to discuss this marturely and not attack anyone. Indirectly or not.

I was just thinking of the bible and pondered on something. Take the account of the creation of our earth, is this written in a romanticised tone? Because all other parts of the bible are written in a neutral, observing way like they are facts.
 
Originally posted by Eh
Yes, because magic deities with anger problems and talking snakes is so much more reasonable than the Greek gods. Anyone who makes fun of the Greek superstitions while believing the bible to be true is throwing stones while living in a glass house.
Uhmmm no because your (pretending to be) speaking for the 'Greeks' (of history) thinking the Bible "Silly" but if timelines serve this one properly (as they do) then the "Greeks" didn't know of most of the Christian part of the bible....

As for the Bibles language, what did you expect to find, "In the beginning there was DNA (AGCT) as erupted from the "Quantum Particlulate Medium" and God saw that it was good"...simple beginnings, simple explainations, belieing the reality of the "depth of profundity' that is actually ensconced within the meaning, and Context, of the words/histories/truths buried within...
 
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Originally posted by Mr. Robin Parsons
As for the Bibles language, what did you expect to find, "In the beginning there was DNA (AGCT) as erupted from the "Quantum Particlulate Medium" and God saw that it was good"...simple beginnings, simple explainations, believing the reality of the "depth of profundity' that is actually ensconced within the meaning, and Context, of the words/histories/truths buried within...
Well said. I could not have worded it better.
 

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Originally posted by Thallium
To "Eh": Forget about greek gods. And if you choose to lay derogatory comments on my belief, that's fine. I at least expected you to be able to discuss this marturely and not attack anyone. Indirectly or not.
Whatever. If you want to call the ancient religions silly, I'm just saying you're in a no better position.
 
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Originally posted by Mr. Robin Parsons
Uhmmm no because your (pretending to be) speaking for the 'Greeks' (of history) thinking the Bible "Silly" but if timelines serve this one properly (as they do) then the "Greeks" didn't know of most of the Christian part of the bible....
No I'm not. Taking the claim that many of the ancient Greek philosophers rejected the old religion for being silly, I'm merely pointing out that they would likely do the same for the bible. Why? Because both religions have the elements to warrent the label of superstition.
As for the Bibles language, what did you expect to find, "In the beginning there was DNA (AGCT) as erupted from the "Quantum Particlulate Medium" and God saw that it was good"...
No, I expect to find supernatural mythology, and that's exactly what we have in the bible. Nothing surprising here.
simple beginnings, simple explainations, belieing the reality of the "depth of profundity' that is actually ensconced within the meaning, and Context, of the words/histories/truths buried within...
Yes, you can make the facts fit with any myth you please.
 
Originally posted by Eh
No I'm not. Taking the claim that many of the ancient Greek philosophers rejected the old religion for being silly, I'm merely pointing out that they would likely do the same for the bible. Why? Because both religions have the elements to warrent the label of superstition. Uhmm, well, that is your opinion, and yours exclusively, NOT "The Greeks of old"
No, I expect to find supernatural mythology, and that's exactly what we have in the bible. Nothing surprising here. Ummm, yup! another opinion! (Oh yes..BTW...some of that which you call "Supernatural Mythology" is historically accountable and accounted for...but not all some is still a mystery...even more so for you...
Yes, you can make the facts fit with any myth you please.
Now on that last line, I would agree with you, just look at your signature...!
 

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(Oh yes..BTW...some of that which you call "Supernatural Mythology" is historically accountable and accounted for...but not all some is still a mystery...even more so for you...
Oh yeah? A supernatural event in the bible is historically accountable? Interesting news there.

Edit: Didn't read the blue.
 
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got you now, you can't even read right, play with those words, twist it, must be funny, to you, amuse yourself!

(How did you get from Supernatural Mythology to Supernatural event 'Quantum leaping' are you?)

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I don't mean to speak for someone else, but what I understood Eh to mean was that the Bible presents one worldview. Since the ontological postulates that that worldview is based upon are not provable (i.e. they have to be taken on faith alone), then the Biblical worldview cannot *necessarily* be considered *better* than any other (non-falsifiable) one.

In an epistemological context, the only worldview that withstands falsifiability is the scientific one. However because science makes no claim as to *first cause* (i.e. pre-Big Bang), even those that subscribe to the scientific worldview are free to speculate/ believe in any first cause they choose, including ones based on monotheism (Judeo-Christian/ Islamic), polytheism (ancient Greeks), atheism, pantheism, panentheism, agnosticism, etc. etc.

The fact that one believes fervently in any one of these first causes does not mean that it necessarily is the one that corroborates with reality.
 
Originally posted by metasystem
I don't mean to speak for someone else, but what I understood Eh to mean was that the Bible presents one worldview. Since the ontological postulates that that worldview is based upon are not provable (i.e. they have to be taken on faith alone), then the Biblical worldview cannot *necessarily* be considered *better* than any other (non-falsifiable) one.

In an epistemological context, the only worldview that withstands falsifiability is the scientific one. However because science makes no claim as to *first cause* (i.e. pre-Big Bang), even those that subscribe to the scientific worldview are free to speculate/ believe in any first cause they choose, including ones based on monotheism (Judeo-Christian/ Islamic), polytheism (ancient Greeks), atheism, pantheism, panentheism, agnosticism, etc. etc.

The fact that one believes fervently in any one of these first causes does not mean that it necessarily is the one that corroborates with reality.
Although I can easily, and reasonably, agree with just about everything you have said, The choice I make in my own life, as it is in everyones lives, is based upon something, that something, in my life, is my life, the event history therein that has proven to me what I needed to know, continueously, and currently, ongoing, and that becomes more faith based inasmuch as it is Trust...in God.
 
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You guys know what? When I suggested you to read all religious scripts to be able to discuss god, I have thought about it and I take that back. You should discuss the existence and function of God with reason. I had to get that out because I was not aware of what I was writing back then. I deeply disagree with my comment and now I contradict it. That was what I had to say.
 

vedder

Originally posted by Thallium
You guys know what? When I suggested you to read all religious scripts to be able to discuss god, I have thought about it and I take that back. You should discuss the existence and function of God with reason.
Well, i am interested in comparative religion anyway. The concept god is a function of the human psyche. Just about every people through history had a god in some form. I think that may lend creedence to the idea of a god archtype. Wether or not god exists in some way or other is really irrelavent because if seeing the world through some type of god archtype is actually what happens then it happens for a good reason since archtypes normally conspire to benefiet humans as a species.
 
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Re: my random thought

Originally posted by confused_ian
hey, I'm an athiest, not ruling out the idea that there may be 'something' that created the universe, as it fills a hole in science, but ultimately believe that religion can only continue to explain the areas around which we can't explain ourselves and therefore it will take a long time to say it isnt a possibility (if atall). However I can raise with confidence question about the Gods that are defined in most of our present day religions- for example, if God modelled us on his image, how could he look like us if he was everything or everwhere - moreover, if we were created in his image, would that not mean he intended to create us from day one. Based on with the anthropist theory, that the universe is the way it is so that we could be created - could we not see ourselves as the ultimately beggining of the purpose of the universe, to say that what we evolve into will become something more... final, or conclusive. this doesnt seem very likely, the universe is truelly random in it's creation of anything, why would God go through alll this trouble, and hundreds of billions of years, to vcreate a race which he can send a messiah to and tell them that they have to lives 'good' lives so that our souls, which there's no scientific evidence for, will go to a place, for eternity, which cannot be physically defined (apologies, i felt like letting go)
when it says god created us in his image some think it means he gave us control over everything on earth and maybe more maybe the univers as he has control over everything it just says in his likeness he is ruler over all we rule over all we know and we didnt evolve have u ever read about carbin testing if the item u r testing is exposed to water the test will be eratic and so u must find somthing that hasnt been cataminated be water well if u beleave in the bible the great flood comes to mind just a lil 40 day and 40 nights of hard core rain and let me get this straight ur complaining abiut god sending us a messia jesus was here 2035 years aproximatly and died 2004 years ago from the begening in the bible u can go down the list of who begot who till u reach noah am im sure ull fine it wasnt billion of years worth of decendents im not actualy a hard core chirstian but if i got somthin wrong plz tell me
 
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imagen

Originally posted by the_truth
If god is everything, but not omnipotent, then it is likely he can imagine nothing but himself. If it can think that is.
God can creat he oviusly created us ie he can see all even things that dont exist do all if God so wishes it it will be done
 
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God is everything ?

Originally posted by Sikz
True. However, there isn't even any SPACE outside of God, if he is everything- he's like a geometric point (the whole of existance, the whole of reality, the whole of the dimensions). If we think about a geometric point, it seems that it would not be able (due to it's lack of knowledge of dimensions that extend beyond itself) to concieve of another geometric point, of a line, of a square, etc etc- of nothing outside itself. Since God contains the entirety of all dimensions, all space, all existance (from his perspective at least, if he is everything), he will be like this geometric point. Right?
i may be wrong but i never read God is every thing if this is true wich i dought were is hell
 
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^

read in the bible that is and hell meaning the absence of god
 
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Originally posted by Sikz
This thread has nothing to do with "who created God?" whatsoever. What it is is "How can an eternally closed system concieve of something other than itself, its thoughts, or possible extensions of itself?" It seems that it wouldn't be able to, yet apparently it does... Unless someone doesn't think so? Or if you agree, how does that work out?
you are a human trying to understand God look at your self as a dog trying to understand man it can a lil but not in a complex way and (dog is giving us benifit of the dought) :)
 
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true but

Originally posted by olde drunk
assumming that god is all that is, and we are aware of ourselves and concieve of god while being a part of god.

simply, my finger is a part of me, my toe, my penis, etc. and yet i experience the world differently with each of my attributes. do i have to say that my penis and finger create two different experiences?

for god, all that is, his/her/its experience of the universe is different through each of us. damn, god was able to experience home runs by Sosa and dunks by Jordan and thoughts by Plato. sorry gals, my mind is male dominant. god can also experience my unique recipes and views of the world. we are a part of all that is.

this may better explain why we 'sense' that we are part of something greater than ourselves.
God cant/wont look upon sin he doesnt experiance drunks experiances as Jesus died when the worlds sin was put on to him so we may go to the "kingdome of god" (shome me were it says were going to hevan)he saide God why have u forsaken me for god had turn his back and was not able to look at him for he had the sin of the world oh his shoulders somwere in revealations it says there are 7 lamp post and these r my eyes they scan to and fro and see all it was jesus that said it after he had died some guy was brought to him i think it was enoch not sure
 
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Originally posted by Sikz
Firstly I have to utterly disagree. "Phisophising" is using logic and reason to try and reach conclusions, and any God should easily be revealed through logical thought- since if there is one it created the entire universe, there should be some fingerprint-type thing.

Secondly, I have read nearly the entire Bible, I was a VERY strong Christian untill I started to notice the vast multitude of blatant paradoxes and impossibilities in that religion. I am exceptionally familiar with several other religions as well, and have some knowledge about most (most of the larger ones, at least). What is WRITTEN about God is utterly subject to "philosophising" and logical examination, and as such doesn't hold as much weight as you seem to be implying.

I could end up with a "truth" that suits my beliefs? What's wrong with that? No one has ever wound up with a "truth" that did NOT suit their beliefs- by acknowledging the "truth" the beliefs are changed. And what do I possess that I can use as a yardstick to see if what I think is right? All I have is what I think, what I have thought, and what I will think- those are my only instruments.
logicly well thats the problem we as humans r very proud we think we can figure our anything what is logic but all the information WE as humans have gatherd u really think our logic can figure out but u r the pridefull one and a fingerprint got has put it in every man that he knows there is a god (in the bible somwere)why do u think there r so many religiopns we all know the truth some just either r doughting thomases just mad at him if theres a God why does he let this happen u must go thro trail and tribulations Why beacause satan was perfection and look at him if the most perfect angle could commet a sin then all now must be tested b4 kintering the kindom of god pass r fail its up to u dont fail cause r mad and wana get back at him ask ur self is there a God and u will know the aswer. what r these loop holes inconsistantsys tell me i wana know
 
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Originally posted by AscensionX
I agree with Sikz, besides even ancient greek philosophers came to believe that the 'many gods' idea was rather foolish and they would have to be part of a larger entity - and they never got to read the bible!

Is ALL of god in the bible? is all of god in any amount of books?
my theory is that the fallin angles god children in gennises made them selfs out to be gods a seperate book that should be in the bible isnt because some people dont accept it i havent read it all but im sure they have there reasons it was by Enoch one of the men still alive when he went to the kindome of god still alive! he says the children of god cam and showd the childeren of man the metals of the earth and how to make wepons from them and breatplates and to wage war ,these i beleave to be the greek gods

Is ALL of god in the bible
jesus said there r things u r not yet ready to know. what do u think those r ? i duno u ?
 
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Originally posted by Eh
No I'm not. Taking the claim that many of the ancient Greek philosophers rejected the old religion for being silly, I'm merely pointing out that they would likely do the same for the bible. Why? Because both religions have the elements to warrent the label of superstition.

No, I expect to find supernatural mythology, and that's exactly what we have in the bible. Nothing surprising here.

Yes, you can make the facts fit with any myth you please.
thats because myths r mainly based on some solid acount all religions and the same history like the flood even the mayans and aztecs (not just the flood but im tierd and cant recall the others right now )
 
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Originally posted by vedder
Just about every people through history had a god in some form. I think that may lend creedence to the idea of a god archtype.
I could not have put it better meself.
But I also agree with Thomas!
 
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Woa Thomas4... Might want to use a little punctuation, it makes it easier to read.

But you have some very good points, nonetheless. How can we try to understand something that, if it exists, is far beyond our comprehension? But what else can we do? We can't simply follow a random religion blindly because one day we got "inspired" and felt that it was correct- others have had the same feeling about other religions.

If you say we can't logicly come to a conclusion about God, what other method do you propose? It's a rather important decision, seeing as the Gods of several religions tend to cast people into burning pits of eternal anguish if they don't believe... If you claim logic to be invalid in this pursuit you've got to provide some other means.
 

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Originally posted by Sikz
Woa Thomas4... Might want to use a little punctuation, it makes it easier to read.
Not to mention your spelling. Your poor communication skills initially make your intelligence appear to be at the same level. Most of us don't have the time to try to decipher what you mean (as opposed to what you've written). I tried to read your first two posts but just skipped the rest. Sorry. Poor communication is a pet peeve of mine.
 

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