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Featured God inside or outside physical universe?

Discussion in 'Interfaith Discussion' started by Seeker of White Light, Dec 5, 2021.

  1. Seeker of White Light

    Seeker of White Light Think before you speak....so stay silent.

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    There are a few threads about God now so here are one more :)

    1: When you speak or think about God, are you thinking of God as a physical being within our universe? Or a nonphysical being within the universe?

    2: When you think of God, are you thinking of God outside the physical world?

    In your understanding how do God interact with our world?
     
  2. Snow White

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    I see the Abrahamic God as a physical being that can warp in or out of the universe.
     
  3. Lain

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    I think of God as a being who transcends all things and is immanent to them and in them (and this last thing vice versa), but the divine nature is not corporeal. In my opinion at least.
     
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  4. Seeker of White Light

    Seeker of White Light Think before you speak....so stay silent.

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    This is very different from my own understanding, but it's an interesting thought.
    Is it from your reading of Abrahamic teaching you found this? I mean does scripture speak of a physical warping God?
    ( sorry, did not know how to put that)
     
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    The Old Testament covers a couple of times where God could have possibly appeared in the flesh on Earth. Though I feel the writing not only led to more questions than it answered, but also is rarely talked about online, to the extent that the verses may be easy to miss. I can post the verses if you want me too, though.

    This leads me to the speculation that he warps.
     
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  6. Seeker of White Light

    Seeker of White Light Think before you speak....so stay silent.

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    I would love to read that verse :) your understanding is an interesting one.
     
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  7. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    God and God's world are One - there is nothing but God but the veils keep us from that knowledge. So God is in the world and outside the world.

    God is only perceived as having a physical form, as a being, in the Perfect Ones and the Avatar.

    He is the actor, the action and that which is acted upon all at the same time.

    This is my understanding but not my experience.
     
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  9. Seeker of White Light

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    When I speak or think of God, it's usually in response to another. Therefore, it's only useful for me to speak or think of God from their perspective, otherwise, we could be potentially be talking at each other about two distinctly different things.

    I don't think of God when not interacting with another who has a personal God, because God is irrelevant to my worldview.
     
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  11. Terrywoodenpic

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    If God was the creator/ instigator of the universe, he can hardly be part of it.

    For Him to know the past , present and future he must also be out side time.
    He may or may not be corporeal with in his own dimension. There is nothing to suggest one way or another.
    There is also nothing to clarify is there are other Gods and other universes.

    One would suppose that the Holy spirit is confined like us to this universe, and is how God communicates and reacts with us.
     
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    The Bible teaches that God is spirit and that God is everywhere inside and outside the universe. That may even include everywhere in time also.
     
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    Yes .. so a non-physical "being" responsible for the creation and maintenance of the universe.
    If the universe were to disappear, there would still be G-d, as He is eternal.
    In other words, time belongs to G-d.
     
  14. George-ananda

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    As a follower of Advaita (non-dual=God and creation are not-two) philosophy I would answer that I think of the universe as God/Brahman (beyond inside/outside).
     
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    I don't know the answers to these, what they are like
    I will try and see God to know
     
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    In Hinduism God is the universe, is within it, and transcends it. Hinduism is possibly the only religion (I could be mistaken, and there are others) that is both pantheistic and panentheistic at the same time. This is particularly true in Vaishnavism (devotees of Vishnu) and I suspect also for Shaivism and Shatkism (devotees of Shiva and Goddess, respectively). God is physical and non-physical. God manifests as the physical world, and occasionally anthropomorphically and theriomorphically.
     
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    There are no gods known to exist, so there is no factual basis for the question.

    At best theists and non-theists can debate and compare what religions state about their gods. These concepts can be assessed for how well they fit what we understand of the universe.
     
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    What do you mean ''physical''? Flesh and blood?
     
  19. Seeker of White Light

    Seeker of White Light Think before you speak....so stay silent.

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    Yes, body, earth, universe with all inside it.
     
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    If the Gods had flesh and blood, they would be opposite of us. So, no.
     
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