Someone recently asked me assuming God exists why should we care about what God thinks?
The way dogma works is people have a set of assumptions they consider to be true without any proof. Based on these assumptions people will speak in
such a way their sentences and ideas have meaning and truth within context of their assumptions. If you do not share the same set of assumptions with
someone else then statements they make with regards to their dogma will sound insane. Everyone has a dogma whether they admit it or not. Some
people refuse to accept this idea of dogma and assumptions by claiming their beliefs are common sense. Language will simply not work without a
So with this in mind I will answer the question. Let me begin with how I define God. Contrary to the simplistic Sunday school way of thinking about
God, I prefer to think of God as a word that represents every possible thought and experience we can have or possibly have in reality. God is the
alpha and omega of meaning. God represents everything in thought-space and reality at the same time. God is both immanence and transcendence at the
The evidence of God's existence occurs in two places. First, ALL of reality is evidence for the existence of God (immanence). And second, God exists
in our use of language, that is, God exists in our written and spoken words (transcendence).
In terms of immanence and transcendence I like this quote:
"Dionysius describes the kataphatic or affirmative way to the divine as the "way of speech": that we can come to some understanding of the
Transcendent by attributing all the perfections of the created order to God as its source. In this sense, we can say "God is Love", "God is Beauty",
"God is Good". The Apophatic or negative way stresses God's absolute transcendence and unknowability in such a way that we cannot say anything about
the divine essence because God is so totally beyond being. The dual concept of the immanence and transcendence of God can help us to understand the
simultaneous truth of both "ways" to God: at the same time as God is immanent, God is also transcendent. At the same time as God is knowable, God is
also unknowable. God cannot be thought of as one or the other only."
Since we have no way to know how all the matter and energy in the Universe came into existence from nothingness, God is often associated as being the
first cause of existence. Recently I've heard this idea about how our Universe was created by God. The idea is God is perfect, whole, and complete.
Since God is perfect, whole, and complete, God has no unfulfilled needs or desires. Therefore, the Universe was not created out of some need or
desire by God. Instead, the Universe was created out of an overflowing abundance from God.
Since the Universe is not God, unlike God, the Universe is incomplete. Unlike God's perfection and wholeness, everything in the Universe is
incomplete and full of imperfections. It is these imperfections in nature, our bodies, and our human character which are the source of all that is
evil in the World. Because human beings have desires and needs, we inevitably commit acts of evil. God is the only being who is perfect, whole, and
complete. God is absolute goodness since God has no desires.
So given our imperfections, our goal in life is to experience slivers of God's perfection, wholeness, and completeness. We are all drawn to
experience God's perfection. When we experience greatness in ourselves and others it brings us closer to God. When we experience greatness in beauty
and performance, we feel a connection to the perfection, wholeness, and completeness that is God.
So to answer the question why we should care about what God thinks is first of all God does not think. God just exists. God does not have thoughts
since God is everything all at once. God's perfection is timeless and without time. It's not a valid question to to care about what God thinks.
What I care about is experiencing greatness in myself and in others. Because when I experience greatness, especially in human character, it makes me
feel closer to God. Even if it's only a small sliver of God's total perfection it makes me feel closer to God. This experience gives my life meaning
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