Exactly what is God? Is definitely God “real”? Is certitude even a valuable thing? Is God Real
These are questions that dominate the theological landscape. Whenever we can answer them in manners that anyone open up to reason can acknowledge the religious worries of the world will nearly vanish. But, can they be answered in a meaningful way that folks can agree upon?
At one level the word “god” is a meaningless sound that truly signifies little or nothing concrete. Any word that cannot be defined by pointing at some real thing or a process that everyone can acknowledge on is called a high-level abstraction. Things we certainly have seen or felt that other see and feel gives a common basis for words. Everyone has felt anger or unhappiness at times, if someone has never seen a tree we can show them one. But, to speak about God is to operate at one of the highest levels of abstraction. Without a common framework of experience distributed by the individuals communicating, speaking about God remains an exercise in futility best case scenario. Gods are inferred in a roundabout way perceived by our (too fallible, admittedly) senses.
Inside the largest sense, God can be explained as the endless aspect/source/motive of anything we cannot understand. The polytheistic pantheons of the history may hold intuitive facts, but the humanistic tricks of the “Gods and Goddesses” showed little more than the profound lack of edcuation of humanity for how the universe operated. Their particular deities acted in very human ways and then for very human reasons.
Interestingly enough to the modern head though, a great many of the ancients would not believe in their gods in a textual way. Those images and tales were for the masses. Most religions were organized into levels of teaching that held again the actual philosophical and theological understandings from “lower” levels of initiates. Biblical knowledge was not viewed as something that could be revealed in a trice. Rather it was a learning, a gaining of WISDOM rather than the acknowledgement and memorization of assioma and doctrine without much deeper understanding. As a person was trained and started, the allegorical nature of the myths was open to the seeker. Being devout was WORK to the ancients, not a free surprise for any who simply asked for it.
Later theologies, including the Judeo-Christian branching, refined the concept of God to a far higher level but, in doing so also lost sight of the finally allegorical characteristics of ALL myths. And they too paid too little attention to how understanding how the world operated was the key to understanding the characteristics of the Gods, if any.
But, something amazing has happened in the last a century or so. Science has actually PROVEN a major tenet of any particular branch of religion to be VALID. Not that this must be, but which it could be. Only one idea of deity passes the test. Not really one of the others fit the universe we actually SEE ourselves existing in.
The scientist approved theological concept is actually, you ask? The concept is Monism. What is that you say? It is the idea that everything is one thing. Monism says that if you look closely enough EVERY things in the world are actually ONE thing; the universe. The idea that God is just about everywhere and in everything is compatible with Monist thought. Many modern Jews, Muslims and Christians accept it unconsciously though doctrinal Judeo-Christianity and Islam actually évidence deities that are completely separate entities from the “world” realm.
Not only this but many, many Pagans who call themselves pantheists are really Monists! ‘All is one and one is all. ‘ ‘All Gods and Goddesses are one’. How many times have you observed this from neo-Pagan types who Claims to follow religions that hold to gods and goddesses as distinct and separate creatures?
Well in this circumstance, science indicates with the mathematics of quantum theory, as well as proven in the laboratory, that if there is whatever we can call Our god then, it MUST be of a Monist characteristics. It is absolutely fairly simple.