Nature of God Defined
The question posed by many is, “What is the nature of God?” Most people are quick to point out that they do not have a religious background, yet they are religious. They claim that they follow a religion, yet they do not practice it in the same way that the followers of the religion do. If there is no such thing as a supreme being, then how can there be a Creator? It therefore follows that there cannot be a supreme being or a deity because there is no such thing as “God” in the first place.
In fact, all religions are simply religions – they attempt to explain a supreme being or a god who supposedly created the universe and the world in order for us to live in it. For those who believe in a deity, there are several different types of gods that they can worship and believe that the God of their religion exists. Thus, all gods are merely different facets of the same god or deity – a concept that has no bearing on the real nature of God.
The argument thus boils down to this: If there is no such thing as God, then what would need to be worshiped? The answer then is simple: religion! According to religious fundamentalism, god is a supreme being that is responsible for the creation and the sustenance of everything that is and was ever created in the universe. Everything including humans, is therefore being worshiped because god is responsible for its survival. If god does not exist, nothing would need to be worshiped.
But what if god did exist?
If god did exist, then what would need to be worshiped? For those who believe in a deity, then their god would be a supreme being and they would need to worship him. In other words, everything that was created by god would have a creator – meaning god himself. Everything would have a nature, and god himself would have a nature. Thus, worship would be necessary to keep god happy.
Spiritual people tend to deny the existence of a supreme being, and instead choose to see god as merely an aspect of life. This is because they are blind to the ultimate concern of mankind. The ultimate concern of humankind is how to survive and continue. God is not some abstract idea. Rather, we can think of God as relating to the physical world we see today. In that way, we can begin to see God as relating to our physical survival.
Theists argue that there is only one true God, and that all other gods are false. This is known as theism. Many non-theistic believers, however, use the argument from cosmological philosophy to show that god must exist because all things are composed of matter. Because matter cannot be removed from the universe, theists claim that god must be supreme. The problem with this type of argument, as suggested by g-o-d, is that it ignores the possibility that god could be a force of nature like magnets or electricity.
Naturalistic philosophers argue that since god is not a physical being, he cannot be worshipped
If god were superior to us in intelligence and knowledge, he would be able to create things out of nothing and provide sustenance for us. Theists counter that god is not a force of nature, but rather a part of nature. Therefore, theists can worship god as long as they do not interfere with the workings of god’s will.
Those who worship the supreme power in the heavens believe that god exists everywhere and is omnipresent. This concept is called Pantheism. Others believe in a god who is the supreme being of all others. This supreme being is sometimes called “God-consciousness,” “God-mind,” or “God-spirit.” No matter what label you use, you can find many definitions for the supreme being, including a being superior to all others. Those definitions must be examined closely to make sure that they do not contradict each other.