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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
Many thanks. (SORRY TO SPAM IT TO EVERYBODY ON THIS DEBATE, JUST THOUGHT THAT YOU COULD ALL PUT SOME VALUABLE INPUT INTO THIS DISCUSSION!!!)

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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 22 2013: Hay bernard I recommend Morgan Freemans Through The Warmhole .. I mean wormhole....j/k lol...but seriously they give some nice insight on things and some of the episodes actually, probably unintentionally, give merit to some spiritualists beliefs. The global consciousness project is a very cool one and there's also one that talks about how two particles contain the same info as if they were physically connected yet they are not,as far as we can see,but what i derived from it is that the two particles are akin to somebody on skis which makes our physical world under water. When we see the skis we think its two seperate things because we cant see the body that connects them. When i first heard that i was like ...WOW! Jaw dropper.. thats some very deep shit there and instantly i saw where the idea behind the matrix came from. Ill be back with something else for you .....
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      Mar 22 2013: I absolutely LOVE "Through the Wormhole". Too bad that it's only available on the part of cable that you have to pay more for. This should be showing on Public TV where everyone can see it.
      • Mar 22 2013: I don't know what kind of connection you got but you can watch all the episodes free online. Pretty cool.

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