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The True Nature of God


“God is the only being in the universe having any fun.”

Xenocrates

In the previous post, I examined logical proof for the existence of some God. Today I will examine the nature of that God. One of the key sore points with most theists is that their definition of God contradicts their understanding of the universe. Needless to say, this gives most atheists fuel for their views, and makes most theists easy picking. Theists, particularly Christians, believe in the classical definition of God which are categorically false or self contradicting. It is by this that it becomes clear that most theists either don’t know what they believe in, or more likely, don’t understand what they believe in. A curious question can be asked from this point:

Is a belief, even if logically flawed, still transmutable to the correct idea on which it is based, or is belief bound to the idea on which it holds, even if it is an incorrect version of the original idea?


If the answer to the above question is ‘Yes‘, then most Christians’ belief is based on a lie, and much of it has become too distorted to be corrected at this stage. It would also make Christianity effectively a false religion, since much of it is based on incorrect interpretations of the most logically sound ideas which gave birth to it and other similar religions. We will cover those later in this post.

If however the answer to the above question is ‘No‘, then it really doesn’t matter what Christians (or anyone else) believes, so long as the core principles are in place. The truth of the matter is still at the core of all systems of belief which allude to a monotheistic God. If is important that these systems of belief ascribe to a single God paradigm, since other paradigms are logically implausible. Apropos, it is with that in mind that we launch into the discussion of all the properties which a God must exhibit if one should exist.

The following conditions must be true if God exists:

1. There can only be One 

Only one entity can have all the power in the universe. We know this from the very design of the universe, specifically from cause and effect. Since every cause has an effect, we will ultimately retrace every effect to a singular cause, since one cause can have many effects. We shall call this the Law of Multiplicity, which we shall define as: “Every multiplicity leads to some singularity“. In other words, while several effects can have the same cause, each cause is traceable to only one prior effect. It’s a one-to-many relationship that only goes one way, from cause to effect. Therefore, if we were to roll back every single effect in the universe, we’ll eventually end up at one cause – the first cause. That first cause must therefore be God. Therefore there can only be one God. Therefore any polytheistic reference (including the Holy Trinity doctrine of Christianity) is automatically false.

2. God is not Human 

Even though He created people, God does not share Human propensities. While Humans do share some cognitive similarity with God, those similarities are only a tiny subset of the God-mind. Wholistically, God does not think or articulate like humans do. Humans are driven entirely by their emotions. God does not need emotions, since they were given to humans to allow us to relate to each other and to Him. Therefore God does not experience emotions, like love, hate, regret, anger etc. Any reference to God exhibiting these emotions is only a human approximation of their limited understanding of God. It’s similar to how a cave man would describe an aeroplane as an “iron bird”. Remember, humans need their emotions to relate to God. Therefore it is only natural that they would describe God in such terms – however flawed.

Similarly, it is automatically fallacious to refer to God using human-like descriptions, since those descriptions are flawed by virtue of their not describing God’s true purpose for doing something. If humans were to accurately describe God, then we would have to desist from any and all human approximations at all, since that would be making a same fatalistic mistake which becomes insoluble when God does something that doesn’t appear to benefit humans. This is the reason why so many theists become atheists. They were taught that God is a person that ‘loves‘. Yet when they observe the events of the world, this humanistic description fails, because it doesn’t coincide with ‘a person that loves‘.

3. God created both Good and Evil 

This one should follow naturally. If it doesn’t, then it’s because the reader isn’t thinking about this paradox logically (or they didn’t understand the first point above). Most theists subscribe to what they believe through emotive intuition (see the second point above) – not through a logical one. This is why this paradox has escaped most theists. If God is the first cause, then it only follows naturally that everything else is as a result of this first cause. Good and Evil are elements of the universe, and as such, must also come from the first cause. Furthermore, God is not human, therefore good and evil are transparent to Him. If you’re still having trouble absorbing this reality, then the next point should make it even clearer. I will dedicate another post to explaining the philosophical significance of what Good and Evil actually are.

4. God is Sovereign 

The point at which the universe began dictates all other points in the universe through an endless chain of cause and effect. The effective cause of each effect does not necessarily have to benefit humankind. It is merely a function of the universe that must be executed according to the perfect will of the first cause. Humans tend to believe that God will only do things that benefit humans (see the second point above). This is a logical fallacy. The very existence of humans is to benefit God – just like everything else in the universe. Therefore, everything that happens, happened exactly the way God intended, because that’s how the universe was designed.

Humans define Good and Evil on the same premise that they define terms like Chaos, Luck and Chance. This is because humans have a very limited view of the universe. Good and Evil are terms of human origin. God sees neither good nor evil. Both terms were created by people to describe things which are either benevolent or detrimental to human existence, respectively. But, the existence of either concept merely describes elements in the universe that God had already set in motion from the very beginning. This means that God, as the designer of the universe, exercises sovereignty over it. Therefore, to say that God is either Good or Evil is a logical fallacy.

5. God is not Omnibenevolent 

Again, this should follow naturally from point #3. This is another sore point between theists and atheists. God doesn’t do things which are categorically beneficial to human kind. Rather, God only does things which are categorically beneficial to Himself. Some of those things are beneficial to humans, and some are not. In the final analysis, God will only do what pleases Him. Where humans see the benefit of God’s action, they call it a “blessing”. Where they see the detriment, they call it a “curse”. This ubiquity is pertinent to all theology. The very existence of the universe is an act of God pleasing himself. If God did not see it fit for a universe to exist, then it probably wouldn’t. Therefore any complaint to the contrary is automatically null and void.

6. The Essence of All Things 

God is in a state of pure actuality. He is everything that could possibly exist at the same time. Love is an effect of God, but it doesn’t define God. Therefore, the expression that “God is love” is fatally flawed, because that’s like saying that a BMW is plastic. A BMW is made of many things – including plastic. But plastic doesn’t define what a BMW is. As such, He will never become any particular thing, because those particular things are a sub-component of what God is, just like how plastic is a sub-component of the whole that is a BMW. In fact, God creates by emanation – meaning that the substance of the universe is a direct extrapolation of Himself.

As such, it is illogical to say that God ‘creates‘, since to create insinuates to materialisation of something that did not already exist. Technically, the universe in its current state has always existed in the very being of God. God merely moved the universe into its current state. God is made of pure energy, and science shows that there is a direct correlation between matter and energy. Matter is energy in its potential state. Energy is matter in its kinetic state. In fact, Einstein’s E=MC² describes the direct co-relation between matter and energy as separated by light speed. If mass were ever to attain light speed, it would become energy. Thus, God’s ‘creation’ of the universe is merely a transmutation of energy into matter. Therefore, it is quite correct to define God as literally everything.

7. God expects Worship 

The whole point of human existence is worship. We serve no other useful purpose. Humans are subject to the whims of a monstrously dwarfing universe. Therefore our existence is pitifully insignificant at best. The mere fact that we were given the cognitive capacity to rationalise that some universal designer must exist, alludes to the fact that above all other sentient beings, humans were designed with the capacity to recognize this creator. Atheists would reason that Humans having fear of the unknown is the cause of their worship of the unknown is flawed by the fact that it doesn’t explain why fear becomes worship. Even though humans have long worshipped that which is perceived to be greater than their existence, our understanding of that which we fear transforms fear into awareness.

Fear is an emotion designed to preserve life by any means necessary. However, fear starts out as dread, which is the most basic, animalistic form of fear. Introducing successive levels of understanding transforms dread into awareness, and awareness into awe and awe into respect. All are still forms of fear, but it is fear with a purpose. Remember, we’ve already established in the previous post that nothing can exist without purpose – even when we cannot rationalise that purpose. It must therefore follow that our recognition of a higher power serves a purpose, otherwise we would not have been given that cognitive capacity to begin with. The final form of all fear is respect, and respect creates honour. These are all emotive terms which simultaneously facilitate the preservation of life while giving due recognition to that which we fear. That is how fear becomes worship, and why the functional purpose of our very existence fulfills that requirement.

Conclusion 

When we have developed a solid functional profile for why we recognize a God, who He is and subsequently why religion exists, then the whole idea of theism doesn’t seem so much like an inexplicable fairy tale anymore. However, where the contention lies is most assuredly where most religious sects break down. Religion is supposed to be a philosophical way of life. However, today it has mostly lost its appeal, and seems to be more about human capitalism as it becomes enshrouded by inexplicable mysticism and rituals. In the next post, I will examine Christianity and the many fundamental flaws about this system of belief that has made so many people cough up blood, both literally and figuratively.

Stay tuned.

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  1. December 29, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Xen,

    Is it possible that reality is not at all what it appears to be? And is it possible that “God” is not anything like what we’ve imagined? For example, the ideas you have put forward here apply to a material and logically consistent universe. Judaism and Christianity developed their own answers to such a universe, and their answers involved a single personal God who created the universe and has some degree of power over how it runs. God as you’ve described Him is different, but not very different. You, the Jews, and the Christians are all talking about what is recognizably the same kind of being, in the same kind of universe.

    Atheists do the same; their agruments against the existence of God almost always focus on what would be a Judeo-Christian god, as though that were the only kind of god that could exist. That reality could be something very, very different from the Judeo-Christian understanding which they grew up with and now attack never seems to occur to them.

    What if the material world is not real? What if you, Xenlogic, are a strange being from an alternate reality, and all that you are experiencing of life in this world is just a dream? Really, you might be a cosmic world-mind asleep somewhere, and while sleeping you have dreamt up this strange world of stars and planets and plants and animals. If you come from a spirit world where things are made from immaterial concepts, like love and justice and freedom and will, then what is this strange place of solids, liquids, gasses, and time?

    Time! Boy, there’s a weird one! You must be dreaming, to have come up with something as strange as time. But speaking of time, let’s suppose that the material world is real after all. It might be that the universe has always existed, and always will exist. There does not need to be a First Cause if the causal chain extends all the way back to infinity. You mentioned somewhere that one cause can have multiple effects, and with that I think you were trying to show that there must be fewer and fewer causes as we move back through time. I don’t think that’s quite correct, though, because sometimes one effect is the result of multiple causes. The universe may be a place that always has numerous things interacting with each other, without beginning and without end. The god(s) of such a universe would have to look very different from the Judeo-Christian God.

    And how about reincarnation, anyway? If the universe has always existed and always will exist, then it is easy to suppose that a couple of guys like you and I might be some of those fundamental forces that are continuously bouncing off each other, changing each other, and interacting with each other. Could it be that the Alamanach always has been and always will be? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VST2KKIYn50 It would take a powerful argument, I think, to be able to show why this definitively could not be the case. But if it were the case, then the nature of God would have to be something radically different from the Judeo-Christian conception, and our relationship with that being (if there even were one) would have to be radically different as well.

    On the other hand, if dreams are possible, then illusions are too. Maybe, instead of eternity, the universe exists all in one moment. Or maybe it popped into being just when you woke up this morning, and all you memories are implanted. For that matter, the universe could have been created just as you blinked your eyes just now. Do you have any way to prove that you existed five minutes ago?

    If the universe is eternal, or if we sentient beings are eternal, or if you are a dreaming cosmic world-mind, or if some other radical reinterpretation of reality is correct, then the picture of God you’ve put forward in this post doesn’t really make much sense.

    • September 8, 2011 at 9:13 am

      I agree. Everything written in this post is based on the assumption that the universe is finite, that sentient beings are mortal and that we aren’t a dreaming cosmic world-mind. However, I would posit something even further:

      Everything in this post is based on the assumption of a creator god. Whether it is Judeo-Christian or not is irrelevant. The point is that if we truly found out what the nature of the universe really was, then I think it is very likely that any picture of God that we previously had (no matter how eloquent or poignant), would automatically become devoid of sense. We only worship God because we are ignorant of the universe. The more humans learn about the universe, the less relevant the nature of God becomes in any context.

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