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Bernard White


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Can God be defined?

I find that after debating with many people, many don't have a definition of what "God" is. (For even when you go to a church many people have different definitions ; and not many have a "shared definition".) And I find that many people only list Gods, but (and correct me if I am wrong) that listing gods is just like listing various variations of Meats or dogs, you still haven't told me what a "dog" or a "meat" is! Or for that matter : What "God" is!
Also on the same matter, I am genially interested, what is the definition of "existence"?
Because these two issues are vital to the debate : "Does God exist?"
And I hope this question will be taken in good spirit, and that no offence is taken.

Strongly recommend you join my debate on this ( Can we ever design an experiment which can determine whether God exist or not?) on this link : http://www.ted.com/conversations/17451/can_we_ever_design_an_experime.html


Closing Statement from Bernard White

God mostly only have subjective definitions. (And very few have a "shared (objective) definition" of what "God" is!) And usually reflects the moral code of that individual! (And the society's values).
Yet God does hold many mystical properties, and is sometimes defined as emotions such as "Love", which is dependent on the human mind and relies in all of us.
While others choose to define God as being more of a "Personal God", which is external (independent) to the body, A God of intervention.
And other choose to define God as a more of a Impersonal God, one of pure logic and maths. (If I can say that!)
However I will not comment much more, due to the fact that I have a feeling I would not do a good job of it!
This is my closing comment. :D
Hope you liked it!

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  • Mar 21 2013: http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/budethics.htm

    Buddhism Rules.

    What I presented twice now is an answer. You obviously do not understand the fundamentals of English speech if you do not see an answer in my text.

    Therefore: I will not continue a conversation with someone that does not speak my language. The fundamentals of communications do not exist here.

    Bye bye!
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      Mar 21 2013: Wait sorry to say this :
      But if God is something which controls people.
      Then God(s) exist right?
      Because there are many things which control people's behaviour.
      Also I found it rather Ironic how I go :
      "While as far as I'm aware Buddhism doesn't really "control" people, and yet is still religion."
      While you went " Every religion (god doctrine) I have ever been exposed to has a set of "rules" to which you must adhere, because if I don't ... "I am a very bad boy and I will be punished". If it was not "man's" purpose to control through gods, then there would not be rules."
      While Buddahism has rules does it not? So through your own logic Buddahism must be a thing to control people. Correct me if I am wrong.
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        Mar 21 2013: Buddhism has tenants of behaviour and prohibitions.
        And reincarnations depending on how you lived in past lives.
        No hell. In fact the endless cycle of reincarnation is what you are trying to escape.
        But if you were lazy you might end up reincarnated as a sloth right?
    • Mar 21 2013: Dont take it so personal but your answer that god is a hu m an construct is unsatisfying and too easy. The little bit of complexity that we humans were able to decipher thus far definitely says that we are still at the entrance of this rabbit hole. To say u don't believe it's one thing but i don't need imperical evidence for everything i do believe. There's always a good and bad time for doing things and its never bad to assume or presume there is an almighty creator.
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        Mar 21 2013: Yes go ahead and believe anything you want, as long as it does not harm others.

        But don't expect others to respect speculative concepts with no compelling evidence.

        I respect your right to believe in whatever speculative concepts you like. Assume what you like.

        But if you are going to assert your view of god exists, perhaps there is an element of having a burden of proof.

        Also it is questionable whether people assuming all sorts of gods and dogma is a good thing. Perhaps not if you are gay and the bible says you should be killed. Or you are a slave or a woman, basically chattel in abrahamic religions.
        • Mar 22 2013: Wow! Slow down gun jumper! Im not even a religous guy. Spiritual, yes. You say speculative like its a bad thing. Theres some interesting ideas in the bible but its not "all or nothing" with me. You know what i thought when i saw my first special on dark matter, dark energy? I "Speculated" that thats the stuff souls are , or that would be tight if people could harness dark energy through thought. Speculation is my second favorite hobby after adult websites of course. Oh yeah , its not a speculation....its faith, and fact that everything was one at some point, and i would never assert my self on anyone. I share my ideas , thoughts and feelings on things and if you like em , take em, change em add to em. I just appreciate the outlet to be able to do it at. Praise be Alah! Nah....i better quit..

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