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Is God energy?

Hi, I was raised a christian but now that i'm 16/17 i'm questioning that religion. I could never understand how a big guy with a huge white beard could be 'everywhere' at once. that got me thinking there's only one thing that is everywhere in the universe and that's energy. Energy is everywhere but cannot be created or destroyed also the first line of the bible is " In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." but science tells us it was a big bang filled with energy. the priests say that "God is inside all of us" he's not but energy is... The bible also says "And God said "Let there be light. and there was light" without energy light couldn't exist and God created light so surely that makes God energy? Just one more thing if you feel really ill and down you don't have that much energy, but when you feel better you have huge amounts of energy so Do you get ill when you've sinned? I'm not saying that is what i believe i'm just asking for your opinion on it. thanks! :)

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  • Jan 5 2013: Hi Toby - nice question. just words:

    God -
    Ill-defined, changing in definition throughout the Bible and history: for Isreal, a way of keeping his people together, for Moses, a moral authority to allude to, for Jesus of Nazareth, something to re-invent in the light of these two, coming up with love as the very plausible answer.

    Energy-
    Again, just a word, subject to various uses - in the history of science, something indestructable and related to matter. In the history of human relations, inspiration, maybe self confidence.

    However, the move to try and describe reality hit a wall when (some, intelligent) people realised they were not describing phenomena, but regularities in phenomena - around which there are significant margins. The rules for these descriptions (ie - calling "this" a photon and "that" a miracle) are for this reason essentiallly provisional, and the devising of these rules cannot - on the fringes of knowledge, where meaningful science and religion take place - be taken for granted.

    Regarding your beliefs - Jesus of Nazareth says, "Do as I do". Well, he goes around saying, I am the Way, which relates to what our Taoist friend below is saying - but we must avoid the evils of purism, mystification and identity, and constantly refer to the touchstone of our experience. Jof N also says, "I have spoken to you in the language of metaphor, but soon you will see that you are in me and the father is in me and I am in you". Added to which, Erasmus got in trouble with the Church for pointing out that St. John's Gospel embarks with the words, "In the beginning was the conversation, and the conversation was with God and the conversation was God," - which makes any attempt to decipher "in the beginning was the Word etc. etc." highly entertaining.
    We become who we are by engaging with each other, and we carry these engagements - as "energy", if you like - with us. In this sense, God, as spirit, love, etc. - is Energy.
    But don't miss the humorous aspects.

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