Who and What is God?

Traditional religion teaches us the God is the supreme being who created us and sits on a throne in the heavens judging our actions. This Supreme being includes the attributes of omniscience (all-knowing), omnipotence (unlimited power), omnipresence (present everywhere), and as having an eternal and necessary existence.

But, unlike most religious traditions, New Thought takes this definition deeper by acknowledging that each of us is a manifestation of the Supreme entity and that this entity is one with each of us — not a separate being from its creations.

“God is not a person, God is not away from you.  God is energy, Presence, Power.  God is Love and right within us, and we are in God.  God is an inner feeling, something which you sense deep within you.  God is Truth, God is Law, God is abstract and yet we are all the outcome of God.  God is a Presence in which you have to find in your heart and sense deep within you, not on a mountaintop or in a desert.  Wherever you go, God is.  Recognize God if Life.  YOU ARE THE LIFE OF GOD.  GOD IS ALL IN ALL.”

(except from What (Who is God? by Rev. Frank Richelieu, D.D.)

When New Thought people mention “God”, they are referring to an ageless, holistic, supportive, loving “Spirit”, not the self-righteous, judgmental Old Testament God promoted by traditional religious organizations.

In order to see this from a different perspective, God is just the name we give for the infinite being that created everything and everyone from the substance of itself.

Personally, I refer to God as Spirit, Universal Intelligence, the Great Creator, Infinite Energy …. but this is just some of the names for the deity.

Within all religious traditions, God is called many different namesNames of God

Wikipedia explains the names of God as follows:

“Monotheists refer to their gods using names prescribed by their respective religions, with some of these names referring to certain cultural ideas about their god’s identity and attributes. In the ancient Egyptian era of Atenism, possibly the earliest recorded monotheistic religion, this deity was called Aten, premised on being the one “true” Supreme Being and creator of the universe.  In the Hebrew Bible and Judaism, “He Who Is”, “I Am that I Am”, and the Tetragrammaton YHWH (Hebrew: יהוה‎, traditionally interpreted as “I am who I am”; “He Who Exists”) are used as names of God, while Yahweh and Jehovah are sometimes used in Christianity as vocalizations of YHWH. In the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, God, consubstantial in three persons, is called the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In Judaism, it is common to refer to God by the titular names Elohim or Adonai.  In Islam, the name Allah is used, while Muslims also have a multitude of titular names for God. In Hinduism, Brahman is often considered a monistic concept of God. In Chinese religion, God (Shangdi) is conceived as the progenitor (first ancestor) of the universe, intrinsic to it and constantly ordaining it. Other religions have names for God, for instance, Baha in the Bahá’í Faith, Waheguru in Sikhism, and Ahura Mazda in Zoroastrianism.”

(For more information, see God and  Names of God

 

God is infinite intelligence

 

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