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 every aspect of our lives.
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5 responses to “The Nature of God”
hi there .. i enjoy reading your posts , and your certainty behind what you say , which gives me this feeling that it really comes from a mind which has gone through so much to be able to gain that perception .. consider me a girl from a Muslim country who used to believe in god so strongly, and totally familiar with the sentence :
” 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” … i believe that he has done that , he has taken those believes away deliberately and left me with a hurting void .. since i don’t believe in my old believes i don’t know where exactly to look at , its like all my senses are turned of . i’m desperately asking him for a sign or anything which could help me get to the point of such awareness again, as in those sentences above , but my mind is really blocking every religious idea at the same time . im running from what i’m chasing at the same time . and this inconsistency leaves me so exhausted that i repeatedly choose to give up , on everything , and then everything goes worse , and my disappointments get even bigger , vicious cycle i cant break through .. i don’t wanna loose my believes , it used to give me strength , will , power , determination and peace inside and they R all gone . i just can’t make myself feel again , anything !
actually what i read tonight was the first time after a long time that something sort of made sense to me and relieved me from this big fear inside, that i’m living among a bunch of atheists and non-believers or strict minded religious people who don’t actually know what they really believe in ..
i was wondering if u had anything to say about this desperate periods of doubt and disappointment in life ..will B glad 2 hear that .. good luck ..
Many thanks for your message. I’m sorry it has taken me a while to reply. I can tell from your message that you are a spiritual person with a broad outlook and I want to reassure you that everything happens for a reason. It may not be apparent at this moment in time, but I believe there will be a day when you will look back at your suffering and feel that it makes sense.
I would urge you to keep an open mind and remember that we live in a world of infinite possibilities. Even in the darkness I believe that almighty God will be sewing the seeds of a new outlook in your mind.
Good luck and keep on keeping on!
Brother Steven, its nearly 4am and I havent got time to go back and listen to your video that I just watched. Due to a brain injury I received when my late and clinically depressed wife – Tracy, God bless and keep her soul – killed herself, my memory is not as good as it was and so if the following does not make sense then please excuse my. Now I shall share two things which have been a help to me. About a year and a half ago I had two teenage sons, yet now I have one. I believe Harry who died after a tough fight with Leukemia is as his elder brother Joshua dreamed, with my 1st & late & wife Tracy & his mums late husband Malcolm. One thing Harry said to me a few years ago, when he was fit and well was, “Dad, when I was born, I forgot what came before!” Now brother, I know this is not relevant to this post of yours and yet it will help explain where I am coming from. I am a follower of The Way. For me Jesus Christ is The Way, The Truth and The Life. Yet I believe an all knowing God does not restrict me to narrow doctrine. Not all of my favorite saints are Christian, although most are. Laozi, though is one of my favourites and is not from the way of Christianity and yet Taoism is if I am not mistaken referred to as `The Way`.. The Buddha is another saint I admire, but wont call a favourite. Okey I will stop waffling and say this; darkeness is just the absence of light and has no intrinsic power, yet it effects physicality. The absence of the love of God is evil. I see for the time being, the physical universe as a bit like the Yin Yang sign. On earth even the most saintly of us have, or have had evil in us and project out of us. Likewise the most evil of us have shown moments of love and mercy. Okey brother Steven its nearly 4.25 and I am going to smoke a roll up and then shortly after go to bed. Blessings love and healing, to you and through you to others. Your brother in Christ, Peter G Kimble. Ps I wish my website had all the abilities yours does. Keep up the good work. The Lord needs more workmen to sow, weed and harvest!
Thank you for sharing a bit about your life, it sounds as though you have been through some testing times. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your wife and your son in such difficult circumstances. Like you, I have a poor memory, but in my case it’s due to the effects of the medication that I take for my mental health condition.
I don’t normally encourage people to share lots of personal information in the comments but if you would like to email me anytime my email address is on the Contact page (www.perfectchaos.org/contact).
Thank you for your kind comments about my blog. God bless you and thank you for your visit and your support.
Love and blessings,
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