How the World has defined God. These are 10 random people from across the world that has given their input on how to define God. These were taken from: http://www.akatoo.com/question.html?question_id=322685#answer-323210
I asked this question on the website… Define God.
These are the answers I received. Posted April 26, 2008
- God is an English word, usually associated to a religious belief held by human beings, used to describe a being that is understood as the key creator of all that exists in the universe and is seen as responsible the highest power known to those who believe.
- God can be defined in many different ways from many different disciplines. The problem with definition (as many philosophers will state) is that it posits a concept of something that exists. The most common form of this ontology is St. Anselm’s definition, which is as follows: 1. God is, by definition, a being greater than anything that can be imagined. 2. Existence both in reality and in imagination is greater than existence solely in one’s imagination. 3. Therefore, God must exist in reality; if He did not, God would not be a being greater than anything that can be imagined. This logical argument has many critics, however; the most influential of which is Emmanuel Kant. In “The Critique of Pure Reason”, Kant posits that Anselm’s ontology is flawed from its very start, viz., Anselm presupposes that existence is a “trait” to which an object can be identified with. Put another way, if we assume (as Kant loves to do…) that existence of the object is not necessary for the subject to come to an understanding of said object, then Anselm’s argument fails in (2). Furthermore, Kant states that this necessary existence (of which we assume is NOT a trait to which one necessarily must ascribe to) is also, according to Anselm’s ontology, apriority to God itself, viz., put positively, if existence IS a trait that the subject can understand about the object, then God’s existence must necessarily come after an existing world, such that the trait of existing can thus be applied. Therefore, Kant views Anselm’s ontology as flawed; for it positions the necessary existence of God, to which we attribute the creation of everything, AFTER THE CREATION OF AN EXISTING WORLD! This is essentially a logical fallacy… All in all, the debate over the definition of God is one that is never ending and truly lies within the realm of personal experience. No overzealous philosopher of system of ethics should ever define for your individual what God MEANS to you. For the entire system of ontological study is presented as God as an object of study and not an object of the individual. So…read the different philosophies, compare and contrast their differences and come to a logical decision on your own (In my opinion, the very fact that we can come to our own decision on how to define God, is the very essence of God’s existence Isn’t the human consciousness amazing)
- Depending on your belief. A common least disputable fact between all human today: God resides in believers and only believers brain, in a way that to the believers is the same god residing in each and everyone’s brain.
- God: The beginning and the End, The First and the Last, God is: everywhere, mercy, grace, power, hope, comfort, judge, ruler, King of Kings and Lord of Lord, Savior, all-powerful, the answer to every question, friend that sticks closer than a brother, father to the fatherless, hope, joy, love, peace, give and taker of life, creator and the one who died for my soul and your soul.
- I don’t believe you can define ‘God’. God holds different meaning to different people. In turn, no 2 people will ever have an identical view as the what/who/why God is. So how can you define something that everyone views differently? In philosophy, they try to answer that question. You’ll find some philosopher’s believe that God is a nameless entity, with infinite existence. Of course, we allot the name ‘God’ but only as a way to reference the idea. God cannot be Mike for instance. Giving God a name would make him finite, but God is infinite. The wisdom, being, goodness, etc. of God is greater than the sum of the wisdom, being, goodness, etc. of all else. God transcends time and space
- I think the place to start if you are trying to define God is to study the many names for God found in the Bible. YHWH, Jehovah, Adonai, and the list go on and on. Each different name given for God describes his different attributes. There are many websites out there that give listings of these names.
- Well, not completely. God is incomprehensible, and Christians believe that not until they’re raptured or not until they die and go to heaven will they ever truly and fully understand God. We do view God as merciful, loving, all-powerful, all knowing, omnipresent, and that’s just a few.
- God is… a Spirit. He was, is, and always will be. His core attribute is love and everything he is and does comes out of that. He is just and true all the time. And no he can’t create a rock so big he cant lift it. Common how old are we and how little faith do we exercise to a God who proved himself through His son?
- I think a simple way to “define” God is to say is the self-existent One. The First Cause. I Am that I Am. He exists in and of himself, the creator.
- The question first needs to be put into a context. ‘God’ means a completely different thing for many different groups of people. Asking a Christian will give you a very different answer than if you ask a Hindu.
An additional post was added May 9, 2008
It read simply: Define God
- God is that “something” that people believe in and rely on, because they feel weak and they feel that “God” is bigger, stronger, more powerful than them, and that gives them a sense of peace and the idea that “God” can have control over situations keeps them from realizing that they actually need to be in control of their own situations. Just like religion is weak people believing in something bigger so that they can keep their problems in perspective. Religion and God to me are just ways people cope. But to each his own.
- “Define God.” isn’t technically a question, it’s an imperative (command), but I’m going to do my best to answer. For me, God is the ultimate, the infinite, and the entity that ordered the universe and triggered the big bang. I can’t get any more specific than that, because by my definition, God is infinite, and language and descriptors are finite. In other words, by adding descriptors to my definition, I’ll make it less and less accurate. In addition to this, having a very tight definition of God puts limits on God. Limiting God, and believing that you know all about God creates a dangerous situation. Believing that you know everything about God leads to believing that you know God’s will. This, by definition is fundamentalism, and fundamentalism is dangerous, no matter what religion it’s based on.
- If anyone could completely and accurately do that, I’m pretty sure they’d *be* God. If we fully understood God, what would His purpose be? I guess what I’m saying is, God, by nature, must be *super*natural and, therefore, above the bounds of human imagination and comprehension.
- No thanks.
- The Almighty. YHWH.
- God is the principal or sole deity in religions and other belief systems that worship one deity. The singular, capitalized God of monotheistic religions is commonly contrasted with the gods of polytheistic religions. God is most often conceived of as the creator and overseer of the universe. Theologians have ascribed a variety of attributes to the many different conceptions of God. The most common among these include omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, Omni benevolence (perfect goodness), divine simplicity, jealousy, and eternal and necessary existence. God has also been conceived as being incorporeal, a personal being, the source of all moral obligation, and the “greatest conceivable existent”. The early Jewish, Christian and Muslim theologian philosophers, including Augustine of Hippo, Al-Ghazali, and Maimonides, supported all these attributes to varying degrees. Many notable medieval philosophers developed arguments for the existence of God, attempting to wrestle with the apparent contradictions implied by many of these attributes.
- I think the most beautiful thing about God is how it/he/she/them is/are UN-defined. God means something different to every single person out there, even every single member of a single organized religion, such as Christianity. God to me may be knowing that I always have someone who will listen to me and help me through difficult times, God to you may mean something much greater, or entirely different. Who is to say who is right or wrong? God just is, and it’s up to the individual to define what God means to them.
Question was also asked to a group of college students from a Christian University. There responses were as follows:
- I’ll through something out… God for one does not exist within human logic. We are able to comprehend God as well as an ant can comprehend a pancake. This is a good question. Hopefully sparks some good conversation. I’ll think more about this and maybe give a more theological response! Ha-ha
- Whatever thought I have gets replaced with another one and then they all don’t seem enough or right. I don’t think I can.
- Your Love, Oh Lord…” Most everyone has heard the song but think about it… it displays a very sad truth. All we have to even try to compare God to are things that He created, so obviously it will never measure up. It just proves how unable we are to define God. The song goes on though and it paints a perfect picture of how our relationship with God can be. “I’ll never have enough words to measure up to who God is, but still I will lift my voice and I can find Strength in Him if only in the shadow of his wings.
- I think that if we try and define God we are going to define him in a way that pleases us. Well God would have to be this way on politics and this way on abortion, so on and so forth but I believe your right, we cant define God, you define him one way another way is going to contradict it. If I truly had to define him the best way would be LOVE, that best defines him in my opinion, but that cant fully define him, its only a part of it. There is so much to God that we cant comprehend
- Here is my deepest… 🙂 The only way to comprehend (or define) God is to fully comprehend His Love. Which is impossible. So we as humans can only define God as far as our own personal love can. Which is obviously minuscule. We know so little of Him. So define him as your love and experiences can define Him and what His uncomprehending Love has done for your life.
- I don’t think one person can define God because God is I AM. He is eternal and we, as people cannot grasp that concept. The only way we can even get a glimpse of who God is through what He has revealed to us through his word and his creation. And to try and understand the Lord and bring him to our level is reducing his power. I would rather not understand him if only to stand before him in complete awe and wonder.
- I’d say He’s everything but evil.
- I don’t think God is God if we can define him
- God is where true love dwells and my only hope abides. He is intimate, so I think our definitions, or attempts at definitions, reflect the intimacy that He has with each of us. Only through Him can I know the beauty of true love and an abiding hope that I don’t deserve and can never earn.
- I am only a man created in the image of G-d. G-d created the only definition and me for Him that I can give comes from that which He has created. Therefore, I can no less define Him than a painting can define its painter. I am totally under the constricts of G-d and how he created me. I cannot define Him because He defines me. He gives purpose to everything that exists and without Him there would be nothing in existence. In fact, there would be no existence at all because without G-d there is nothing. But there is existence and, in such, G-d reveals Himself to His creation through that which He created. Moreover, G-d the creator became the created out of His Love for the world in order to serve the people He Himself created resulting in the restoration of His image within man. So in serving one another we restore the human race back to the image of G-d, seeing Him in His people, and gain a glimpse of who He is through His love; thus providing us with our closest definition: G-d is Love
- I saw this and had to pitch in. It’s a terrible question, in a sense, because impossible. But if we admit we can only give a partial definition, we should avoid the danger of being overly abstract. A few non-abstract features of a definition: Creator of heaven and earth, author of love, freedom and choice (Genesis 1-3), passionate Redeemer of his fallen creation (Genesis 3 and everything following), passionate Judge of evil, exists eternally three in one–Father, Son, and Spirit–revealed Himself by the law and prophets and his interactions with the people of Israel, but has most clearly revealed Himself in Jesus Christ, who was and is God in the flesh, lived among us and revealed God’s very nature to us (Hebrews 1:1-3). Ironically, this ultimate self-revelation required a self-emptying and a submission to suffering and death on our behalf Phil 2:1-11, showing us the true meaning of love. God is love. (1 John) That’s a beginning. But the cleverest answer (Heb. 1:3): See Jesus.
- God is. God always has been and God always will be and I think honestly that every label we try to give God will fall short. At this time, we only know some characteristics of God; God is love, creator and sustainer. The cool thing is though, that one-day we will get to see God and begin to really understand God and finally be able to know what God is.
Question was also asked to a group of college students from a Christian University. There responses were as follows (1-28-09); Names were left out to protect privacy:
- God is the indescribable, uncreated, self existent, eternal all knowing source of all reality and being.
- God cannot be defined, He cannot be comprehended, God is more than we will ever know, he is everlasting…..even if there was a way to define him paper would run out before we got done trying to put a definition to his name
- A great father, ever faithful, ever true, ever loving
Remember these answers were provided by people who come from all different walks of life. Some are Christians. Some have no belief. Some just wanted to voice his or her opinion.
How would you DEFINE GOD?
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” -Hebrews 13:8