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Discussion in 'Monotheism' started by syo, Feb 7, 2020.

  1. syo

    syo Well-Known Member

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    One God. Period.

    In Orthodox Christianity, God is a trinity, so he isn't exactly one.

    BUT in a few religions, God is absolute One. How is that possible? What are the characteristics of only One God? Why only One God?
     
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    God is everything and not separate from anything. It has been said that He's "one without a second" because only God is real.
     
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  3. syo

    syo Well-Known Member

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    I don't understand.
     
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    Welcome to the human condition. ;)
     
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    Tanakh says

    Psa 96:5 KJV For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

    NT says

    1Jn 5:20 KJV And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
    1Jn 5:21 KJV Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

    Usage of Singular pronouns

    Descriptive adjectives such as alone, no other, only true, etc

    Life or energy seems connected and possessing an origin.
     
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    Again... I find it quite easy to understand.

    Man is a trinity... spirit, soul and body - each with a different materiality and a different purpose but still one man. God is also a trinity but just one God.

    Why just one? Maybe because only one could have started the process?
     
  7. RabbiO

    RabbiO הרב יונה בן זכריה

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    How is it impossible?

    Why not one G-d?
     
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  8. syo

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    What about a nontrinity God? There are a few religions where God is absolute one and not a trinity.
     
  9. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    My belief is that nothing exists but God but that we don't experience it because there are 'veils' over our innermost nature. So God is not a 'super person' but all pervading and the statement that God knows the falling of a leaf is from that God is the falling leaf and everything else.

    Mystics affirm this. For example Kabir:
    God is within
    but people think that he is somewhere outside.
    O! Irony of ironies!

    and

    Does Khuda live in the mosque?
    Then who who lives everywhere?
    Is Ram in idols and holy ground?
    Have you looked and found him there?
    Hari in the East, Allah in the West -
    So you like to dream.
    Search in the heart, in the heart alone:
    There live Ram and Karim.

     
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  10. syo

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    If God is only one, how then everything was created in the image of God? A rock, an apple, etc. how they were created? Are not things images of Gods?
     
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    God is in us? You and I are two people, so is God two people?
     
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    I like the fun quote from "Good Omens" because it illustrates my view very well in this excerpt

    Maybe it's all part of a great big ineffable plan. All of it. You, me, him, everything. ...It has to be just very complicated Solitaire.”
     
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    RabbiO הרב יונה בן זכריה

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    Who said everything is created in the image of G-d?
     
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    That's the illusion we all have that appears to be two separate people but is really only one.

    Another image is two drops in the ocean. There is only one ocean but the drops think of themselves as separate from the ocean.
     
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    Paganism.
     
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    Why the illusion then? Couldn't God skip the illusion?
     
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    I don't see where it runs cross-grained. As I perceive God, I see Him as an absolute one just like I am absolute one.

    Like a cell. A cell is a composite of its individual pieces but still absolutely one cell.

    Perhaps the other religions are just seeing the "cell" or "God", so to speak, without looking at His characteristics.
     
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    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    That's a question to which I have no answer since I don't experience divinity. The only thing that I've ever heard was an ineffable whim.
     
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    That is I'm trying to comprehend.
     
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    ... what? I mean, I get that some contemporary Pagans will Christianize aspects of Pagan theology (in part because it's difficult not to when you are raised in that cultural environment), but... what?
     
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