Continuing on my 2nd and 3rd question and my article on From Guestwriters and on “Looking for answers on the question Is there a God” in case we do have to assume there is a god or gods we should wonder what or whom that god or gods may be.

Throughout the ages many peoples came to worship elements they could see and feel or even hear. They could see the sun and feel her warmth. They could see the thunderstorms, see the flashing lights and hear the sounds of thunder. They could see the oak-tree, stand around it, use parts of it to make medicines.

According to the region there where other gods worshipped. Depending on what religious group you can see gods which had a beginning but who could have an end or could have no end, having eternal gods who created other gods or brought divine creatures on this world which had their life on earth ended but could live in other areas than this earth.

Jews, Christians and Muslims claim their God to be the Creator Who is an eternal God (Deuteronomy 33:27, Isaiah 40:28, Habakkuk 1:12, Romans 1:20, Revelation 1:8, 22:13) though in Christendom we also see many who believe their god died on a cross, so making him like other Greek and Roman gods who died to go and live in an other sphere. Those Christians who say their god (or god the son) died they also are convinced that god went up into the sky to meat his other god, the God the Father. Strange enough their god goes to sit next to that other god and would become a mediator between the one god and man. When you look at their Holy Scriptures you could understand that Jesus would be the mediator between The God and man, making his death also having a good reason, whilst by the other Christians it only indicates their god was or is a fraud who is also a very cruel god, having his people suffering so much and after faking his death still having them (or us) to suffer so much.

Mortimer Adler,1989
Mortimer Jerome Adler, American philosopher, educator, editor, and advocate of adult and general education by study of the great writings of the Western world. As a philosopher, he is part of the traditions of Aristotelianism and Thomism. He lived long periods in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and San Mateo in California

Mortimer Adler like so many also wanted to prove the existence of God through careful philosophical consideration of the idea of causation. In 1980 Adler, who is  is recognized as a modern interpreter of Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle, published a book entitled How to Think About God: A Guide for the 20th Century Pagan. {Adler, M. How to Think About God: A Guide for the 20th Century Pagan. Macmillan, New York, 1980.}

John Guyton writer of the blog GSOT which translates as “the grand scheme of things.”

John Guyton, whose career has been in academic medicine, specifically atherosclerosis and lipid disorders, has been impatience with rigidity on both sides of the science-faith debate and looking at Adler’s work and the existence of God, writes as a Baptist

An efficient cause is one that supplies from itself all that is needed to bring about an effect, as opposed to a partial cause that may be only one of several conditions required for an effect. God is viewed as the efficient cause of the cosmos, and the cosmos is understood to be everything that exists in nature. Exnihilation (the opposite of annihilation) means to bring something (or everything, the cosmos) into being out of nothing. Exnihilation also means the activity of keeping something (or everything) in existence, when that something (or everything) could possibly pass out of existence at any moment. Something that could possibly pass out of existence at any moment is called radically contingent. God is conceptualized as the necessary, uncaused being who exnihilates the cosmos. {Does God Exist?}

From the previous articles you hopefully came to see that there are and have been many gods but that there is One in particular Who stands above all others. that Omnipotent Supreme Being is a ” being-greater-than-which-none-can-be-thought” figure. When we look at the things around us we see that they are in such an order that it may not be a coincidence, but has to be something more.

Looking at what is around us and coming to the understanding a Special Supreme Being must behind this all we can wonder What and How that Superior Being is.

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Preceding

The first question: Why do we live?

2nd question: What or where is the beginning

3rd question: Does there exist a Divine Creator

Dutch version /Nederlandstalige versie: 4de Vraag: Wie of wat is God

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Additional reading

  1. Engagement in an actual two-way conversation with your deities
  2. To find ways of Godly understanding
  3. Atonement And Fellowship 7/8
  4. This month’s survey question: Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
  5. Jesus three days in hell
  6. Eostre, Easter, White god, chocolate eggs, Easter bunnies and metaphorical resurrection
  7. Swedish theologian finds historical proof Jesus did not die on a cross

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Further reading

  1. Does God Exist?
  2. Who or What is God?
  3. Here’s a Thoth
  4. Talking to God
  5. The Disclosure and Hiddenness of God
  6. How Gods Find Followers: Intro
  7. The Last of the Chaos Gods
  8. Nation – Terry Pratchett
  9. God’s children make mistakes
  10. Rabbits to Wolves
  11. Rough Fairy Tale
  12. Mother of Gods
  13. Lord Ganesha
  14. The Role of Fate in the Aeneid
  15. God, the world, the devil and late night tv
  16. There are only two sides to a coin!
  17. Jesus Christ Radiates God’s Glory
  18. Who Is Your God?

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3 thoughts on “4th Question: Who or What is God

  1. “…went up into the sky to meat his other god,….” Should probably be changed to meet (as in visit/commune) rather than meat (as in carne/flesh). Also, not to complain, or be rude, nor ungrateful but my post about the last Chaos god is may not be apropos to a serious discussion about the true divine as the post references fictional gameplay for 1eA&D using inspiration from a great source of fiction. But thank you for considering it.

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