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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: Why are spiritualists always left out? I am not religous , but i am not an athiest. I believe we were once one and desired to become many and now desire to be one again but through technological means. Religous folk believe in a creator but that is not paramount to that belief. I recomend a book. Just for the first couple pages if anything, David Godard ; the sacred magic of the angels......... I know , i know ...member to keep your dome cap at least slightly open at all times and you never want to close it completely.
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      Mar 22 2013: Out of interest :
      I'm not sure there can be a "spirit /soul" without a God.
      I think I may be wrong on this, but I have heard people say this.
      Would be interested in your opinion!
      Also, a slight side question, Do you believe in an "afterlife"? Because there "could" still be an afterlife without a God....
      • Mar 22 2013: I do believe in God. I do believe our escence is eternal and that escence, is god and the intent was life but i dont believe we are the end all be all. Gods design is evolution and science and math are Gods ongoing , imperfect and incomplete but the best we can do Bibles. Thats pretty much a simplification of the
        Core beliefs i hold dear.
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      Mar 22 2013: I suspect that you mean that those who are spiritual are left out - at least on TED talks according to its formal policy against such talks.

      Spiritualists are a group who communicate messages from the deceased in their religious services.

      You may be interested in knowing that of those aged 18-24, LESS THAN ONE PERCENT have a Biblical worldview and most call themselves spiritual. The older the population, the greater the belief in the Biblical God.

      I consider myself spiritual even though I am an atheist. I believe in the eternal validity of my (and your) soul. I have a god-concept equivalent, but it is not God.
      • Mar 22 2013: You believe in god. Just not the biblical god as portrayed in revelations ,to name one.
      • Mar 23 2013: If you believe in the eternality of the soul and have a God-concept, then you are not an atheist. A true atheist says there is no God, therefore life is only temporal, and by doing so, admits life to be meaningless. Also, Judaism and Christianity is not the only true revelation. Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism are similar with a slightly different message.
        • Mar 24 2013: You might mean Taoism. Buddhism is not a religion.

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