The God Concept
The God Concept of revealed religion is a combination of: 1) the ideals handed down from evolutionary cults, 2) the personal ideas of the religious leaders, and 3) the sublime ideals of true revelation.
The God Concept is always evolving in the finite mind. Many now hold the basics of God to be righteous, loving, just, merciful, a powerful creator, and more.
(See the Main Glossary.)
A) Finite vs. Infinite
We all are finite. God is infinite. Therefore, we all have incomplete God concepts.
Examples of incomplete (growing) God Concepts.
1) God is wrathful (old testament) vs. God is love (new testament).
2) Most institutional religions have some record of shameful warlike, racial, or sexual practices which are no longer sanctioned by the modern church.
3) Each person has felt their own growth.
4) Add your own.
B) Our connection to/with God
Are we connected to God? If so how? (Personality, Spirit, Mind, Soul)
What separates man from the animal? (Worship and Wisdom)
C) Final Authority
One of the descriptions most people would agree to give to God would be as a “Final Authority.” The first of the ten commandments begins:
“I am the lord your God…” Ex 20.2
“You shall have no other gods before me” Ex 20.3
“You shall not make for yourself an idol…” Ex 20.4
Could this be read, “I am the Final Authority. Do not put any other authority before me. Do not make into a final authority any person or thing which is not Me”?
And yet, have not most religionists done just that - accepting their preacher, their Church, their dogma, and especially their book as the final authority? At worst ignoring, and at best not bothering to listen to, the God who is within each of us? Instead they have given themselves over to someone or something other than God as the Final Authority.
D) Nature vs. Attributes
Nature = Positive Qualities
Attributes = Inherent Actuality
Final Authority Creator
E) A Conversation with God
If one goes to God and asks, “Are you powerful?” He will answer, “Yes.” If that is a satisfactory answer, the seeker may stop asking for further enlightenment. Knowing that God is powerful, one may go about talking about God only in terms of His authority, control, and rulership. The idea may even expand to the understanding of an All-powerful being. When the language evolves, one could even use a fancy word like Omnipotent to impress upon others just how powerful he really is.
But would you be right or wrong? You would be right because God is powerful. You would be wrong because you would be preaching incomplete knowledge. We need to go back to God and ask more questions. He will give us everything he knows we can handle. And our curiosity is a sure sign we want to know more. We want to grow more. We want to be more.
But we have to have some idea of what is possible before we can form a new question. The question of power would be a natural one because there has always been power in the human experience: dangerous animals, volcanoes and earthquakes, mean people who can hurt you, or kind people who can help you.
It was a long time before the idea of time was even a question. Time going on forever into the future – eternity; or time going on forever in both directions – Infinity, was finally thought of. Only then could we go back to God with new questions. “Are you Eternal? Are you Infinite?” Then he would have more to work with. The mind, having opened up, now gives him another avenue to work in.
He may also say, “Well done good and faithful servant. Your curiosity has served you well, thank you for tapping into it. Now, remember I said I was powerful and now you also know I am Infinite. Reflect upon these for a while and then we will talk again.”