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It's not a fact that God is not...it's that God is not a fact. God is a symbol.

Many intellectuals argue for the existence of God ... others argue against.

But what if both types, the atheists (who usually emphasize the damage the word has done) and the theist (who often note the benefits) sometimes mistake a SYMBOL for a sign... as if the word were a signifier, meant to reference something specific.

Symbols, however, such as a favourite piece of music or poetry or other art-work, have a way of transforming and intensifying our ordinary awareness... even altering our perception at times... or inducing a deep sense of mystery in the moment. Who would ever claim that a symbol was true or false? Either it transforms consciousness or it doesn't. One would hardly claim that a piece of music points beyond itself... ?

And what of the insights and realizations that dawn on us when we are struck by a symbol ? Its as if we borrowed from the world of our senses, to capture and express inner realities, inaccessible to the senses. However, to demand that a spatial-temporal reference be given for a symbol, or else we won't consider it “true”, is analogous to demanding that we find the location of a specific idea in the brain, or we will not be able to claim that the idea truly exists ! Can't something be symbolically true, without ever being literally, historically, and factually true ? Examples: people don't get “struck” by symbols in a physical sense ! Truth doesn't actually “dawn” on us !


Soooo... what if God neither “is” nor “is not”... ?

I would love to hear different perspectives on this topic...

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    Nov 10 2011: This God thing is based on a crooked foundation, an externalized idea of an omnipotent guy in the sky, and has been dis-empowering man for thousands of years by caging him in a hell of fear. Look in the mirror to find God, you are the substance of the big bang, a parcel of the universal energy, a hologram of the whole. Find your power of intention in the higher frequencies of heavenly love, right here, right now. Be.
    These endless wonderings, believings, non-believings and idol worshipings are for naught. In the end, we are all the divine creation and the creator. We have been lead astray and just don't get it!
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      Nov 10 2011: Hey there Skipper !

      It sounds to me like you have found your course... and you arrive, even before you leave port !

      “Look in the mirror to find God, you are the substance of the big bang, a parcel of the universal energy, a hologram of the whole”

      That's a beautiful idea ... because we were looking in the wrong direction since we began!

      By personifying God, or what's that other term...anthropomorphicizing... or something like that, we tend to create a divine something/someone somewhere out there !

      Imagine... worshipping our own created image!

      But there's a danger with doing this in the mirror too, don't you think ?

      Hmmm....what was the name of that Greek God ?

      All the Best!
      Denis
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        Nov 18 2011: Hey Fitz, If the "son of man" says he is "one with the father" and tells others "ye are gods", how else can you take that?
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          Nov 19 2011: Hey Captain !

          The beauty of these symbols is that they can bring each of us into that deeper/higher awareness... and if we recover our original purity of heart, if we become as little children...we too will realize that we are already one with the Father.

          You said as much in your original comment :

          "These endless wonderings, believings, non-believings and idol worshipings are for naught. In the end, we are all the divine creation and the creator. We have been lead astray and just don't get it!"

          But if we start thinking "I am God"... we lose the awareness of our inherent Oneness, just as easily as when we were projecting the God image outside of ourselves.

          How about this...?

          Van Morrison : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFEoh8uzkOA

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