What is God?
By Ali Sina
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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 natural law.
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 isnít God. What God is, is
God canít be an animal. It canít be the sun, the
moon or a star. God canít be many. And finally God canít be a being.
All these can be demonstrated logically. What canít be demonstrated is that God exists.
Throughout the history, God has always been the
projection of manís 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 open and their hearts ripped out. Then the bodies of the victims were
tossed down the steps of the pyramids.
Critical to understanding the motivation behind the
ritual sacrifices is the concept of Ētonalli,Ē which means
ďanimating spirit.Ē The tonalli in humans was believed to be located
in the blood, which concentrates in the heart when one becomes frightened.
This explains the godsí 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 otherís 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 envisioned.
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.
Muhammadís 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. Muhammadís 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.
Einsteinís 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 ďGod does not play dice.Ē
Einsteinís god had nothing to do with the god of
religions. A man of his intellect could not possibly believe in a god that
intervenes in human affairs, breaks his own laws to perform miracles,
prophets and answers prayers, as if humans could influence the divine
Will and change the natural law by supplicating. He described his belief
in god as:
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
He resented having his religious convictions
misrepresented and clarified:
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 it.
Great minds are religious and yet their religiosity
is so different from religions of the common folk. The cosmologist and mathematician,
Stephen Hawking, who spoke of "the Mind of God,Ē when asked by
CNN's Larry King whether he believed in God, answered: ďYes,
if by God is meant the embodiment of the laws of the universe.Ē
Whether God exists or not, is entirely a different
matter. Even if it exists, it can never be understood. What we
humans consider to be God is our own creation. This creation is good or is
evil depending on who we are. The god of Jesus is good because Jesus was a good man.
The god of Muhammad is 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.
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.
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.
These gods had their days, in which they ruled supreme. ďForgotten lie the martyrs in their dusty catacombs, and the faiths, for
which they died, are cold and dead.Ē
According to some estimates there are 240 gods.
Unless we assume that God suffers from multiple personality disorder, we must admit
that Yahweh, the god of Moses and "Father" the god of Jesus are not the same.
They have distinct attributes. Allah does not resemble
either one of them. He is ruthless, sadistic and bloodthirsty. Then again, the same Allah
has a spiritual awakening and takes an entirely different
personality when he manifests himself to Baha'u'llah. Then he starts talking about universal love and brotherhood of
all mankind. What
a dramatic transformation! A chameleon could not do better.
All gods are human
creations. We give birth to them, we worship them and then we abandon them
and forget them. Itís now the turn of Allah to be put to rest.
deity has outlived his utility. He is not fit anymore for our time.
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 people.
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.
under the influence of Islam are reduced into savage beasts. See more
examples of what they are capable of
If you need to believe in a god, there are many gods
to pick from. If you donít 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 canít, because he does not exist. He is as real as Huitzilopochtli.
He exists 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 it.
says, people pray to different gods according to their understandings, but
whichever god they pray to, it is I who answers their prayers. Whether
you want to give credit to
Krishna, to Yahweh, or to any other god is up to you. The Principle says that whatever
you focus on becomes real. Those who focus on success, health, wealth
and happiness and persevere, gain. Those who focus on failure and are overtaken by fear, lose.
You asked why God plays games with us. Itís 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 and has no form. We ascribe human attributes to God, call
loving, knowing, wise and omnipotent, when God is above attributes. If God
is not a being, how can it have attributes? God is neither kind nor cruel.
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. If I am thirsty,
you can serve me a glass of water. But if I am not thirsty, what is the
point of bringing me water? God has no needs. So how can we serve God?
God is the Law of the nature. You can apply the law but you can't
serve the law. All you have to do
is understand God and follow it.
You understand God through science -
the science of the inner world and the science of the outer world.
This can be done through the introspection of the world within and the
observation of the world without.
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 born blind, 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.
every leaf, in every breath that you inhale, in every atom that makes this
universe. Look at a little infant and you will see God. God is in
every human. 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.
not send us calamities nor it saves us from them. Itís just there as
the law for us to abide and to enrich our lives with it.
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
canít compare God with anything that is not God. God is real and
else is accidental and perishable. You can't compare the infinite with
finite. The non-being is real and absolute, and the being is relative. 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!
both manifest and hidden? Life is only an expression of God.
everything and everyone. You canít 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 it. That is why you are still alive.
That is why you have a physical being. It's because every cell and every atom in
your body abides by the Law, and metaphorically speaking, "is a
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.
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 fearsome and cruel.
All of them were 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. Itís time to leave those gods
behind in the dust of history and find the God that makes sense to our
more advanced intellect.