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Nature of God

Nature of God

During this Pandemic crisis, humans have knowingly or unknowingly surrendered to God. With no cure and a lesser way to live a good life, they are now showing interest in the subject of theology. This essay will answer the problems of nature of God, its forms & definition, its belief in various religions, theology practice, and the relevance on present crises.

Concept of God in Theology

Theology studies the nature of God and beliefs in religious practice. It’s important to explore the nature of God in the diverse religious culture. It is helpful to understand the religions approach to problems. At the beginning of civilization, humans would generally address prayers to natural resources. The ancient tales and custom practices have revealed the interest of humans to the unexplored truths of nature. Our five major elements of Earth, water, fire, air, and ether are available in each being. Thus, the elements played a major role in life sustenance. This reason was enough to pray to the elements and cherish its features. In Greek culture, the ancient practice of praying the essential elements are well preserved as evidence in philosophy texts. The problems of finding God appear now and again to get the knowledge of unexplored and unidentified truth. 

By getting closer to God, we could find the solution to problems of humanity. The religious study provides a pathway to explore God and know it with different perspectives. Having faith in God dominates the aspects of morality and ethics. People are ethical because they believe in the ultimate being. The ultimate being or God handles all the coordination of the Universe and world.

Quality of God

The quality of God is omnipotence(all-powerful), omnipresent(present everywhere), Omniscience(all-knowing), and omnificence(all creative source). These four Omni describe the quality of God which is far above from the reach of humans. Many religious platforms believed that one couldn’t measure God’s power. But one could realize it by the extent of naturalistic and mysterious happenings in life.

God signifies unity, eternity, and perfection. God is above space and time. It is never affected by the miseries and sorrows which are the biggest weakness of humanity. Humans study God and religions to reduce their suffering. They try to get deeper within self to explore the ultimate source of happiness. The conclusive revelation, realization, and resurrection of God identify with the quest of Humanity. 

Concepts of different Religion and God

Nyaya theology affirms that the world is a product for which an agent or creator is God. They have also given the proof for the existence of God in their doctrine of inference. In brief, the doctrine reveals that wherever there is a cause, there is an effect. The world is existing for the hypothetical reasons of God behind its creations. Jainism, on the contrary, doesn’t believe in God. They rather believe in liberated souls. For them, the liberated soul is their hero. They meditate on the liberated souls to achieve peace and prosperity in life. Jainas believe in self-help. For every unpredictable event, they take their responsibility to come out of it. The other religion which doesn’t believe in God is Buddhism. It is a practice of hope and compassion. Buddha has shown the hope to come out of sufferings in human life. Buddhist believe in the theory of incarnation. The ultimate being takes the form of different religious teachers to show the right path. For Buddhists, God is eternal consciousness. It possesses infinite knowledge and perfect freedom from attachment.

In the Hindu religion, God is Brahman(the ultimate being). Hinduism has personified Brahman into many Male and female gods. This Polytheists belief ascertains various rituals for happiness and wellbeing. The major God of Hindu carries Trimurti qualities of Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer (i.e., Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh). They are the unbiased distributor of the fruits of our actions. Judaism is a monotheistic religion. They believe that God does exist and there is no need to provide proof for that. For them, God is incorporeal. And like Hindus, they don’t have any male or female God. For the creation of complete being, there are three compulsory participants in Judaistic religion- mother, father, and God. Mother & father provide our physical body and God provides mind and soul.

In Islam, God is absolute, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-merciful, neither material nor spiritual. God is Allah. He is the ruler and his greatness has created the world and other beings. For the practitioners of Islam, Allah is the lifeline and everything belongs to the will of Allah. Christianity considers God as their father. He sacrificed his son for the well being of all. Jesus Christ, son of God, got crucified for protecting others. For Christians, God is the Holy Spirit which reveals itself for the betterment of the world. In both Islam and Christianity, God is creator, sustainer, and judge. The fundamental belief of Sikhs is that God doesn’t exist as an idea or concept but a real being. God is their Waheguru(wonderful Lord) or the supreme reality. They got to know about God through the teachings of Guru Nanak and other Gurus.

Conclusion

The brief insight of all the religions makes us aware that God is for everyone. It is a single formless body with multiple names. The attributes are mostly the same for all God. They are the creator, preserver, and lighthouse of all beings. Humans live a purposeful life due to the grace of God. All the coordination and harmony are possible in the world because there is one ultimate supervisor. Humans are relatively free and has lesser control in destiny. It’s the creative energy of God which directs man towards their purpose and actions. We, humans, are acting in the guidance and will of divine beings. Our life has only one purpose of merging to divine beings. Sri Aurobindo also believes that the development and progress of humans are to embrace divinity within. With all such concepts, it turns clear that God is an invaluable part of humanity. Religions preserved beliefs that are positively concerned with moral issues. Thus, the religions of humans are essential to keep connections with God so as to ease human problems.  

Reference 

Chatterjee S; Datta D. An Introduction to Indian Philosophy. 7th ed., New Delhi, Rupa Publications India Pvt. Ltd. 2007, 2018.

35 comments

Unfortunately, it took a pandemic for so many to open their eyes to God. He is our savior. A beautifully written, inspirational piece on spiritualism. Blessings.

Unfortunately, it took a pandemic for so many to open their eyes to God. He is our savior. A beautifully written, inspirational piece on spiritualism. Blessings.

I’m very interested in your perspective. I was raised catholic, so most of my formal philosophy lessons came through religion class. I’ve since stepped away from Christianity, but I still use many Christian teachings as a foundation.

I believe in “God” in the sense that it’s a philosophic concept to explain things outside of human comprehension, such as infinity or afterlife. However, I am at best an agnostic of the classical Judea-Christian God.

A lot of my philosophy revolves around spirituality, and so religion comes up a lot. I’ve come to notice that in recent times, spirituality has been neglected. I personally believe it’s due to the corruption found within many religious structures. Corruption has turned words like “religion” and “God” into negatives for most; they represent subjugation rather than salvation.

I would love to hear your specific beliefs on religion, and if you’ve noticed the same aversion to religion and spirituality. Also, do you think recently (let’s say the last 100 years or so) that organized religion has been more beneficial or detrimental to the world’s spirituality?

Thank you for showing interest in this subject. Religion is the path to spirituality. Your foundation is already formed by the practice of some religion. And that’s give you sign for spiritual progress.

The definition of God is changing since time being. We won’t understand God unless we examine our inner being. Spirituality is the practice to analyse our most mysterious part. All the answers would be clear once we merge completely into inner consciousness.

Yes, you’re right spirituality is neglected to an extent that we forget to listen to our inner voice and we face criticism and troubles in our life.

Your last query is very interesting. Because religion has been helpful as well as detrimental too. There are some greedy people whom we blindly trust are slowly spoiling our beliefs and interest in religious practice. In this case, we need to use our rationality to find out the good & bad practice in religions. We should continue our religious practice, there is no harm in it. But we should also follow what our heart speaks to truly identify the spiritual glory. Most of the achievers of spirituality were those great ppl who only did what their psyche guided them to do. If we could understand our own psyche or soul, then many dimensions of spirituality gets open for us.

You’re the first person who I’ve met who has shared pretty much my exact perspective on religion and spiritually.

I find religion an incredibly interesting source of philosophy, but often grew frustrated trying to discuss it with those who seemed to not even understand their own religion. And trying to discuss it with non-religious people is how I became so aware of many’s aversion to it.

I’ve probably written nearly everything you’ve written here over many different and disorganized notes, but you perfectly summarized them all with such precision and clarity.

I don’t have anything else to say at the moment, but I hope to talk/ask some more questions as I go over/familiarize with some of my old notes on religion and spirituality.

Sorry for the delayed response. And ofcourse you’re welcome to ask me questions. I would try my best to answer, with all my reasons and theories I learnt. In my contact, you can find my mail Id, where you can send questions, and I would try my best to answer it on time. Once again thank-you for putting your efforts in knowing religions and keeping us engaged to think more on it.

I’m very interested in your perspective. I was raised catholic, so most of my formal philosophy lessons came through religion class. I’ve since stepped away from Christianity, but I still use many Christian teachings as a foundation.

I believe in “God” in the sense that it’s a philosophic concept to explain things outside of human comprehension, such as infinity or afterlife. However, I am at best an agnostic of the classical Judea-Christian God.

A lot of my philosophy revolves around spirituality, and so religion comes up a lot. I’ve come to notice that in recent times, spirituality has been neglected. I personally believe it’s due to the corruption found within many religious structures. Corruption has turned words like “religion” and “God” into negatives for most; they represent subjugation rather than salvation.

I would love to hear your specific beliefs on religion, and if you’ve noticed the same aversion to religion and spirituality. Also, do you think recently (let’s say the last 100 years or so) that organized religion has been more beneficial or detrimental to the world’s spirituality?

Thank you for showing interest in this subject. Religion is the path to spirituality. Your foundation is already formed by the practice of some religion. And that’s give you sign for spiritual progress.

The definition of God is changing since time being. We won’t understand God unless we examine our inner being. Spirituality is the practice to analyse our most mysterious part. All the answers would be clear once we merge completely into inner consciousness.

Yes, you’re right spirituality is neglected to an extent that we forget to listen to our inner voice and we face criticism and troubles in our life.

Your last query is very interesting. Because religion has been helpful as well as detrimental too. There are some greedy people whom we blindly trust are slowly spoiling our beliefs and interest in religious practice. In this case, we need to use our rationality to find out the good & bad practice in religions. We should continue our religious practice, there is no harm in it. But we should also follow what our heart speaks to truly identify the spiritual glory. Most of the achievers of spirituality were those great ppl who only did what their psyche guided them to do. If we could understand our own psyche or soul, then many dimensions of spirituality gets open for us.

You’re the first person who I’ve met who has shared pretty much my exact perspective on religion and spiritually.

I find religion an incredibly interesting source of philosophy, but often grew frustrated trying to discuss it with those who seemed to not even understand their own religion. And trying to discuss it with non-religious people is how I became so aware of many’s aversion to it.

I’ve probably written nearly everything you’ve written here over many different and disorganized notes, but you perfectly summarized them all with such precision and clarity.

I don’t have anything else to say at the moment, but I hope to talk/ask some more questions as I go over/familiarize with some of my old notes on religion and spirituality.

Sorry for the delayed response. And ofcourse you’re welcome to ask me questions. I would try my best to answer, with all my reasons and theories I learnt. In my contact, you can find my mail Id, where you can send questions, and I would try my best to answer it on time. Once again thank-you for putting your efforts in knowing religions and keeping us engaged to think more on it.

Hello,
I would just like to add that even if people doesn’t believe in religion nobody can actually deny the existence of a super power which strikes the balance every single time when something seems disproportionate. And probably even atheist cannot deny this.
Also, kudos to you. Well structured and well written piece.

You said it right. We can’t deny the existence of something which we don’t even understand properly. All the mysterious events around us remind us again & again that we need to look back at all the theories and examine where we are going wrong.

Thank you for showing interest. It means a lot. 😊

Hello,
I would just like to add that even if people doesn’t believe in religion nobody can actually deny the existence of a super power which strikes the balance every single time when something seems disproportionate. And probably even atheist cannot deny this.
Also, kudos to you. Well structured and well written piece.

You said it right. We can’t deny the existence of something which we don’t even understand properly. All the mysterious events around us remind us again & again that we need to look back at all the theories and examine where we are going wrong.

Thank you for showing interest. It means a lot. 😊

Sorry for the delayed response. And ofcourse you’re welcome to ask me questions. I would try my best to answer, with all my reasons and theories I learnt. In my contact, you could find my mail Id, where you can send questions, and I would try my best to answer it on time. Once again thank-you for putting your efforts in knowing religions and keeping us engaged to think more on it.

Sorry for the delayed response. And ofcourse you’re welcome to ask me questions. I would try my best to answer, with all my reasons and theories I learnt. In my contact, you could find my mail Id, where you can send questions, and I would try my best to answer it on time. Once again thank-you for putting your efforts in knowing religions and keeping us engaged to think more on it.

How does the name of a deity justify the idea of the absolute? If that which constitutes a deity has a value which does not change, its actuality transcends any abstract conception of reality. Consider the opposition between pantheism and panentheism for the sake of science. The limits of an agents relation to existence are real after all.

1. In my opinion, name of deity couldn’t justify absolute. It just gives you a picture of absolute being. Name could reveal very few angles of transcendent being, which may be just a pinch of absolute.

2. Yes, we are saying that ultimate being doesn’t change. It means it’s higher than every changing reality. Abstract concepts hardly changes. It’s us who changes it according to our perception. Even I doubt the position of abstract concepts & deity. May be we need a better discussion on it.

3. What I think is, we aren’t capable to assume limits of agents. We could predict it, but our predictions are even failing with changing times.

How does the name of a deity justify the idea of the absolute? If that which constitutes a deity has a value which does not change, its actuality transcends any abstract conception of reality. Consider the opposition between pantheism and panentheism for the sake of science. The limits of an agents relation to existence are real after all.

1. In my opinion, name of deity couldn’t justify absolute. It just gives you a picture of absolute being. Name could reveal very few angles of transcendent being, which may be just a pinch of absolute.

2. Yes, we are saying that ultimate being doesn’t change. It means it’s higher than every changing reality. Abstract concepts hardly changes. It’s us who changes it according to our perception. Even I doubt the position of abstract concepts & deity. May be we need a better discussion on it.

3. What I think is, we aren’t capable to assume limits of agents. We could predict it, but our predictions are even failing with changing times.

I quote ‘These four Omni describe the quality of God which is far above from the reach of humans.’
No every human being is born with such qualities so that ‘seeing’ or Darshan can happen to anyone and ‘seeing’ is becoming it too, this experience is not like we see any object but we need to get dissolved into it to be able to ‘see’ it.
So the one who experienced the God is called Brahm. Brahm means infinite, eternal and expanding.
So to call ‘In the Hindu religion, God is Brahman(the ultimate being).’ is just a thought propagated in religion but it has done more harm to them personally. Because everyone born in a cast ‘Brahman’ thinks that he/she is ultimate human being. The whole system is woven in such a way that it seems to then true in the beginning too. But at the fag end of life I have seen so many such ‘Brahman’ people groping in dark and frustrated for not having achieved the real experience of ‘seeing’. This very thought that they are ‘Ultimate beings’ stopped their progress before it could start.
Only the person who is enlightened be treated as Brahman and only such persons are Guru. Then only Hinduism could flourish.

I quote ‘These four Omni describe the quality of God which is far above from the reach of humans.’
No every human being is born with such qualities so that ‘seeing’ or Darshan can happen to anyone and ‘seeing’ is becoming it too, this experience is not like we see any object but we need to get dissolved into it to be able to ‘see’ it.
So the one who experienced the God is called Brahm. Brahm means infinite, eternal and expanding.
So to call ‘In the Hindu religion, God is Brahman(the ultimate being).’ is just a thought propagated in religion but it has done more harm to them personally. Because everyone born in a cast ‘Brahman’ thinks that he/she is ultimate human being. The whole system is woven in such a way that it seems to then true in the beginning too. But at the fag end of life I have seen so many such ‘Brahman’ people groping in dark and frustrated for not having achieved the real experience of ‘seeing’. This very thought that they are ‘Ultimate beings’ stopped their progress before it could start.
Only the person who is enlightened be treated as Brahman and only such persons are Guru. Then only Hinduism could flourish.

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