Originally posted by Valhall
I agree with your thoughts concerning the myriad ways the gospel can be spread.
Concerning your thoughts on how the gospel tends to define God:
You state that God is beyond definition. I believe this to be ABSOLUTELY true. However, could the entire set of events reported in the Gospel be for
the very benefit of providing our anemic little minds (which they really are relative to what we try so desparately to understand - "The All
Knowing" - "The Creator of All" - "The Endless Mercy") with something that COULD be defined?
If you accept the Genesis recording (well, you'll need to make that assumption for the rest of this paragraph!) then in those first days, God (some
portion of His being) would walk in the garden with Adam. He would send His presence and have communion with Adam. When the choices were made by
Adam and Eve, and the presence removed, men were left to spit in the wind by trying an impossible task of "defining God", as they had no physical
manifestation of Him.
I see the manifestation presented in the Gospel as a revisiting of the time when some portion of God's presence would commune with man...that's all.
There is nothing in the Gospel that fully defines God to me, but it does reveal many of His best qualities!
Valhall and Tyriffic,
Thanks for replying, because I know that the way I am seeing things is probably raising alot of 'eye brows', but I do contend, that this is my view,
opinion, interpretation, and my belief. I am not trying to change anyone's belief's, etc. And since that is off my chest, I feel better.
Valhall, is the Gospel's the only
sacred texts we have that give expression's
on G-d and His character? Are we attributing or
defining G-d by only
what the Bible says? Has not G-d inspired
others to write of Him and His character, other than the writers that
wrote the Bible? Is not
G-d manifesting Himself
to us today and has so always? Does not G-d still
walk with us today? We
interpret the Book of Genesis to say that G-d literally walked with Adam; He physically manifested Himself to Adam and with Adam. I say this: The
writer of the Book of Genesis is interpreting
. How are we to be sure exactly
what G-d's manifestation truly was? We also interpret
that when G-d said He created 'us'/Man in His image that we are defining and confining this to mean His physical nature and emotional, feelings,
etc. Are we not
again, defining G-d and thus confining Him?
I am not going to dispute, verse for verse, what G-d is, etc. I am merely saying this: G-d is more than what we
have become accustomed to
thinking and defining Him as. Every religion has their respective 'holy texts' which define G-d or a Higher Being or a HIgher Thought, etc. I am
saying that 'we' are defining G-d in our
own 'image'; we are confining G-d to mere Words and writings. We are defining G-d just the same
way as the Greeks, Romans, Babylonians, etc. defined thier g-ds. We are assigning set abilities, powers, origins, parameters, 'holy text' writings,
etc. We are confining G-d to 'deity' and G-d is far more
than this! Surely.
We must learn to think 'out of the box' because G-d is not confined to a 'box'. And, daily, we are continuing to apply the character, concept,
and belief, etc. of G-d to within this 'box'. G-d is more than the Bible; He is more than the Koran............ALL things are One Thing
There is only One Thing
, and all
things are part of the One Thing That Is
.......G-d. My vision is to lok beyond the 'box'; to
experience G-d as G-d truly is....the unavoidable.