Over the centuries, philosophers and theologians have often struggled to understand the nature of the God who we so often discuss. God doesn’t reveal His nature to everyone all the time, but instead different people are given different understandings and insights into the way God is, at different times in their lives.
I believe that God intentionally limits our experience of Him, so that it is only ever partial and incomplete during human life. This is all part of the game of life, which is the way God chooses to use the infinite power which is at His disposal. God creates people of all different faiths and no faith, in order to present a vast spectrum of experience, and to give expression to some of the infinite possibilities that are contained within God’s nature.
At this moment in my life, I can confidently say that God has given me an awareness of His existence. I believe that God could take that awareness away at any time, and change my beliefs, but for the time being at least it seems that God wants me to know He exists and to talk about Him.
I can confidently say the following things about God:
God is everywhere
God has no boundaries
God is all that exists
God is creative
God is all-powerful
God is all-knowing
God is living
God is real
God is mysterious
The above phrases go as far as I can go in describing the God that I believe in. I am unhappy with the traditional Christian idea that God is love, because although I believe all love comes from God, I also believe all hate comes from God. Therefore to say that God is love feels rather one-sided.
It is possible that during certain peak events in our lives, or perhaps after death, that we will be given a greater understanding and awareness of God’s nature. I have a fantasy that after death our awareness expands and reunites with the infinite, and we regain the certain knowledge that all through life God (who is really our deeper selves) has been in control of everything that exists.
What can you confidently say about the nature of God?
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