What is God?
25 April, 2007
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Humans have tried to find an answer to the
question of God since the dawn of their intelligence. They came
with various answers, only to discard them later and find new
ones. Gods manifested themselves in animals, in natural phenomena,
in planets and stars, in supernatural imaginary beings, and as the
As our intellect expanded, our answers to
this question changed. Yet, despite the amazing discoveries in
science, we seem to have not been able to find a satisfactory and
definitive answer to this old quandary. All we can do is decide
what isn’t God. What God is, is yet unknown.
God can’t be an animal. It can’t be the sun,
the moon or a star. God can’t be many. And finally God can’t be a
being. All these can be demonstrated logically. What can’t be
demonstrated is that God exists.
Throughout the history, God has always been
the projection of man’s attributes. It has been the incarnation of
his fears and hopes. It has been the ideal towards which humans
have aspired. Since humans are different, their thoughts, fears
and aspirations are different and so are their gods.
The Aztec believed in Huitzilopochtli
who was a war god. It is estimated that approximately 20,000
people per year were sacrificed by the Aztec royalty. Captives
were taken to the top of pyramids where, upon a ritual flat stone
table, they had their chests cut upon and their hearts ripped out.
Then the bodies of the victims were tossed down the steps of the
Critical to understanding the motivation behind the ritual sacrifices is the concept of ”tonalli,” which means “animating spirit.” The tonalli in humans was believed to be located in the blood, which concentrates in the heart when one becomes frightened. This explains the gods’ hunger for the heart. Without this sacrifice, all motion stops, even the movement of the sun. So when the Aztecs made their sacrifices, as far as they were concerned, they were keeping the sun from halting in its orbit. 
The god of the Israelites played favoritism.
He had chosen the Jews as his own people. The rationale behind
this was that the Jews were living in captivity most of the time.
Their captors mistreated them. In the past humans were cruel to
each other, more than they are today. To compensate that, the god
of the Jews liked them more than he liked other people. He would
promise them victory at the end and severe punishment for their
captors and oppressors. He assured them that these tribulations
are only to purify them from their sins. With these fantasies the
Jews endured great hardships and did not let go of hope.
Redemption and glory was always around the corner.
To Jesus, God was love. Jesus was a man of
peace. He taught people to forgive each other’s sins, find the
beam in their own eyes before looking for the speck in the eyes of
others, to not throw stone when they are sinners themselves, to
love their neighbors and even to turn the other cheek. His God is
very much like him. That is the kind of God that Jesus had
To a narcissist like Muhammad, God was
everything a narcissist wants to be. He was omnipotent, a fearsome
deity that demanded respect, commanded to be praised and ordered
to be worshipped. Muhammad’s god was a wanton god who did whatever
he pleased. He could make rules and break them at will and no one
was allowed to question him. He could send pious people to hell
and reward evil doers, if he so desired. Humans could not be sure
of their fate and could not gain salvation through good deeds
alone. They had to also submit to him, bow to him and worship him
in order to gain his approval. Muhammad’s god is a despot
dictator. His mind resembles the minds of Saddam Hussein, Hitler
and Stalin. He is ruthless to those who oppose him and kind and
generous to those who praise him. He is a needy god, desperate to
be noticed and extremely offended and vengeful if neglected. To
Muhammad, these qualities were supreme. His god is his own alter
ego - a projection of who he was.
Einstein’s god was the god of natural law.
Einstein was a man of science. He believed that there is an order
in the universe. He was referring to this order when he said “God
does not play dice.”
Einstein’s god had nothing to do with the god of religions. A man of his intellect could not possibly believe in a god that intervened in human affairs, broke his own laws to perform miracles, sent prophets and answered prayers, as if humans could influence the divine Will and change the natural law by supplicating. He described his belief in god as:
A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestation of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty - it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this sense alone, I am a deeply religious man.
He resented having his religious convictions
misrepresented and clarified:
It was, of course, a lie what you read about
my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically
repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never
denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me
which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration
for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal
Great minds are religious and yet their
religiosity is so different from religions as we know them. The
cosmologist and mathematician, Stephen Hawking, who spoke of "the
Mind of God,” when asked by CNN's Larry King whether he believed
in God, answered: “Yes, if by God is meant
the embodiment of the laws of the universe.”
Whether God exists or not, is entirely a
different matter. Even if it exists, it can never be understood by
humans. What we humans consider to be God is our own creation.
This creation is good or is evil depending on its creators. The
god of Jesus is good because Jesus was a good man. The god of
Muhammad was evil, because Muhammad was evil. Neither the god of
Jesus is real nor is the god of Muhammad. They are as real as
Santa Clause and Dracula. Yet, as the the Aztecs and Muslims
have demonstrated, the belief in an evil God can be devastating.
Yet, as the the Aztecs and Muslims have demonstrated, the belief in an evil God can be devastating.
Not all Christians believe in the same god of Jesus. The Medieval Church believed in a different god. Their god was a lot influenced by the Islamic god. That is why the Church went so off tangent from the teachings of Christ. Today, not all the Christians believe in the same god either. For some, god is tolerant, loving and inclusive. For others he is jealous, possessive and exclusive.
God is not one. There are hundreds of Gods. Many of them are forgotten. No one remembers anymore Huitzilopochtli or his kinder and gentler partner Quetzalcoatl, who only demanded the sacrifice of animals such as snakes and butterflies. No one prays anymore to Mars the god of war; to Venus, the goddess of love; or to Pluto, the god of death. Yet these gods had their days, in which they ruled supreme. “Forgotten lie the martyrs in their dusty catacombs, and the faiths, for which they died, are cold and dead.”
According to some estimates there are 240 gods. Unless we assume that God suffers from split personality disorder, we must admit that Yahweh, the god of Moses and "Father" the god of Jesus were not the same. They have distinctively different attributes. Allah does not resemble either one of them. He is ruthless, sadist and bloodthirsty. Then again, the same Allah has a spiritual awakening and takes an entirely different personality when he manifests himself to Guru Nanak and Baha'u'llah and starts talking about love and brotherhood of mankind.
All gods are human creations. We give birth
to them, we worship them and then we abandon them and forget them.
It’s now the turn of Allah to be put to rest. This deity has
outlived his utility. He is not fit anymore for our time. Allah,
like Huitzilopochtli is a bloodthirsty god that demands human
sacrifice. We must kill him and drive a stick into his heart so he
can never raise his head again to suck the blood of innocent
A Christian woman beheaded in Indonesia at the altar of Allah
There is no truth in Allah. This deity is evil, because its creator was evil. He is the figment of the mind of a very sick man.
Muslims under the influence of Islam are reduced into savage beasts. See more examples of what they are capable of here
If you need to believe in a god, there are
many gods to pick from. If you don’t like any of the existing
gods, make your own. I made mine. I believe in the single
principle underlying the existence. This is the same god that
Einstein, Espinosa and Hawking believe/d. I believe in the Dao,
the eternal, unknowable, unchangeable principle. Yes, I am a
believer. I believe in beauty, in harmony, in order and in love. I
believe in the infinite potential that is laden within each one of
us. My god is not a being. It is a non-being that is the mother of
all beings. I do not worship it, nor do I pray to it. I simply try
to understand it and apply it in every breath that I take.
You ask why Allah does not help us. The
answer is that he can’t, because he does not exist. He is as real
as Huitzilopochtli. He exist only in Muslims' imagination.
If you understand the real God, i.e. the eternal law that governs
the universe, you will be able to help yourself by applying that
principle to your life. Help is there for all those who stretch
their hands to grab it. You explained how you transformed your
life with positive thinking, succeeded fanatically and overcame
your problems. So you already know God and have been blessed by
You asked why God plays games with us. It’s
not God that plays games with us. It is we who play games with
God. We give names to God, when names are to distinguish things
from their likes. God is not a thing and has no likes. Therefore
it is nameless. We describe God in various forms, when God is
indescribable. We ascribe human attributes to God, call it
loving, knowing, wise and omnipotent, when God can't have
attributes. God can't be neither kind nor cruel. God is not the
Father, the Lord or the Sovereign Ruler. God is not the creator
because creation is an act and acts take place in time. God is
timeless and therefore it can't act. We pretend serving God,
whilst God is sanctified from any need. All you have to do is
understand God and follow it. You understand god through
science - the science of the outer world and the science of the
You understand god through science - the science of the outer world and the science of the inner world.
No one can tell you about God. No one can teach you what God is. You must understand it on your own. If colors cannot be explained to a blind who has never seen colors, how can one explain God to one who has never felt God? That is why no one can tell you about God or show you the Way. Truth is pathless. You don't have to go anywhere or follow anyone to find the truth. Just as you don't have to go anywhere to find the sun because it shines everywhere, you don't have to follow any path to find God because God is within you. Stop listening to every Tom, Dick and Harry who claims to be a messenger of God. God does not send messages through third parties. God's message is all around you. It's in every leaf, in every breath that you inhale, in every atom that makes this universe. You yourself are the greatest message of God. Listen to your own higher self and you will hear God speaking loud and clear.
God has no personality or awareness. It is
not a being or a thing. It is not conscious of you and me or our
world. It does not send us calamities nor it saves up from peril.
It’s just there as the law for us to abide and to enrich our lives
God does not punish or reward you. You do it yourself by breaking the law or by following it. If you put your hand on fire, it burns. There is no one punishing you. Since no one is going to punish you, there is no point in asking for forgiveness. Once you break a law the damage is already done.
God is everything. It is the only reality that exists and is self subsisting. In comparison, the world is noting but a chimera. In fact the very notion of comparing being and non-being is absurd. You can compare apples and scooters, because both of them are things, but you can’t compare God with anything that is not God. God is real, everything else is not. You can't compare real with non-real. The non-being is real and the being is not. This is the greatest paradox.
The universe is only a thought in the mind of God. That is, if you want to think of it poetically. God exists, without being. It is the most manifest and the most hidden at once. How is that possible? Think of life! Isn’t life both manifest and hidden? Life is only an expression of God.
God envelops everything and everyone. You can’t escape it, not even for a fraction of a second. The moment you cease to obey God, you cease to exist. That is because God is not the lawgiver but the law itself. Even if as a human you disobey and break the Law, your body knows how to obey. That is why you are still alive. That is why you have a physical being. It's because every cell and atom in your body abides by the Law, and metaphorically speaking, "is a believer."
As you can see, we humans have come a long way in understanding God and all we have understood is that we do not understand. We used to believe in animals, in mythological figures, in planets and stars, in ghosts, in many gods and in a single god. Some gods were loving and others were vengeful and cruel. All of them are products of our fantasies. Our greatest thinkers, no longer think of God as a personal being but as an impersonal law of the universe. Our understanding of God evolves, as our brains evolve. The gods of our forefathers, no longer satisfy our quest for knowledge. It’s time to leave those gods behind in the dust of history and find the God that makes sense to our more advanced intellect.