Why do you believe in what you believe?
I, like you, believe we should discover our own pathways. Even so, we still must defend “why we believe what we believe,” (unless, of course, our beliefs are based in faith, which simply adds to the fire of a world full of contentious religious views).
The notion of God comes from many places, not the least of which are– personal desires (wanting to escape limitations/death) and culture (because we are culture’s product). However, it also comes from the context of polarities–conscious identity. Let me explain:
I believe science is our best bet when it comes to understanding how the universe works (we are star stuff–the evolution of natural and biological phenomena); that said, I also believe that self-consciousness allows us to judge truth from falsity; so how does God connect to the consciousness that determines truth or falsity?
In brief, here’s the short answer to how we got here. In addition to what science tells us about evolution, the Logos evolved right along with the phenomena expressed in evolutionary theory. However, at a certain level of complexity (states far from equilibrium-Chaos theory), the Logos gets to express itself in higher dimensions. In the first higher dimension the Logos becomes alive/life. Again, at another level of sufficient complexity, the Logos express itself in an even higher dimension, the dimension of self-consciousness, the dimension that judges truth/falsity in an environment of physical events.
In as few words as possible: were it not for the “God/source–God/expression” connection (polarities are necessary to conserve wholeness), you and I would not be free in a world of our own experience (by degrees, experience of our own choosing), seeking truth, justice, and religious meaning. Take care and thanks for the question.
What are your opinions of God?
Boy do I have opinions! First, God has/is structure. Divine structure is why the universe answers our questions; why the universe is comprehensible. Second, God is in everything, but most important is that God is in the structure of human self-awareness—which means, we, in addition to being able to ask questions about the universe, are also able to answer questions concerning right and wrong. Third, (were on a rising scale of importance here) everything is in God. What gets labeled as aesthetic experience— sensual experience, emotional experience, beauty and love—God. Because God is love and because love gives the ultimate meaning to God as structure (love reconciles all opposites, even the opposites that structure God), all aesthetic experience is a measure of LOVE. God then is in all the pain and suffering of the universe (both necessary and unnecessary pain), but (and this is a big but) in human self-awareness, God works to eliminate unnecessary suffering. Why—because LOVE reconciles all opposites. Right and wrong, therefore, must be measured against what brings more LOVE into the world, and, as you can probably tell, that’s a lot of opinion. Thanks for the question.
What is God? No personality descriptions…
God is the recursive loop of increasing complexity that liberated mass/energy, life, and self-consciousness. Initially, this content/form relationship produced very little consciousness, but with increased complexity biological consciousness turned into human self-consciousness, and all of this liberation and complexity remains embedded in its source, i.e. God.
To simplify, think of this “divinity loop” as a Mobius strip. Let mass/energy (e=mc²), consciousness (sense experience), and self-consciousness (free will) correspond to the Mobius strips’ inner surface while logos/reason takes its place along the outer surface of the twisted strip. In its least complex form the Mobius strip consists of mass/energy and logos, but, with the addition of life/consciousness and self-consciousness/free will this two sided strip is enabled by the experience of the theoretically postulated, hypothetically designated component of experience as it relates to the immediately sensed, determinate portion of the aesthetic continuum (blue sky, hot sun, purple flowers, clean air, cascading waterfalls, etc.). In this respect, the immediately sensed component of experience is relative to each individual while the theoretic component of experience is public, exists within human understanding, and is therefore accessible to everybody, everywhere. If this God image as a recursive loop of increasing complexity sounds crazy insane confusing (no doubt it does), perhaps the following quote will suffice as a better answer to your question “What Is God?”……..: