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What do you guys, gals, think of GOD?

There was a recent post regarding the Pope and it got me thinking. And this is what I came up with.

Religions seems to be bring out the worst of human and the best of humanity. So I don't think you can just simply say religion is stupid. Although, I don't believe in Jesus Christ, I do believe in a higher form of a "god", not "GOD". You may say what's the difference? Well, considering all the things we are allow to do today and in the future...we are in a lot of way playing god. To create a human being, to destroy any and all if we so wish. So "if" we some how are to be "god" there is no higher "GOD"

What do you guys think?

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Wonderful.. Counsellor.. the mighty God.. the Everlasting Father

...the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6


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When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

He is...

The Great I AM.
And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.
Exodus 3:14

What does the Bible say about God? We can think whatever we want, but the Truth is found in God's Word, the Bible.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6

Who is God?
http://www.gotquestions.org/who-is-God.html

To be more personal about the question, this is what I know about God. My testimony about what He has done in my life and my husbands.
The following is our testimonies. I almost wrote a book below, but hope you will take a few minutes to read on :)

For awhile now I have been asking myself this question regarding others I see who proclaim to be Christians. I would have told you that I was one prior to 1995 but my life did not reflect it. Is eternal life with God as simple as "believing" in the death,resurrection and rising from the dead of Jesus Christ for our sins? I have never forgotten what someone I worked with in the past shared with me when I was not on the Lord's path. I don't remember the whole conversation but I'm assuming I shared that I believed in Jesus and she shared that the devil believes also. I'm pretty sure that statement along with another encounter had me thinking. I was scared at one point about my salvation and in 1995 the Lord opened my eyes (testimony below).

I read the following article not long ago titled "Don't Believe Like the Demons Believe!"
http://www.probe.org/dont-believe-like-the-demons-believe/

If a person is truly born again why would they live like the world? This REALLY does not make sense to me. Shouldn't our lives be a total opposite of what they were prior to being born again?

My Husband's Testimony

In 1991 Tricia and I married. It was beautiful, but since we were not living to glorify Jesus our marriage crumbled and we divorced in 1993. In 1994 I moved to where she had moved to with the idea that we would get along and not have any problems, but that was not the case. By July of that year I was living by myself and working two jobs. I moved back to where I was born and raised in November of 1994 and soon went back to just a lot of drinking and some womanizing. I was repeating my dad’s history but Jesus had a plan. He got Tricia’s attention in 1995 who in turn started to share with me in 1996 about her new life in Christ Jesus. She also wanted me to realize how much I needed Him in my life.
She continued to share and I continued to lie to her. For I kept living life in a sinful way. But I did not have peace, joy or freedom. I was always anxious, biting the insides of my mouth, until July of 1997 when I gave up trying to do it on my own. I repented of my sins, I believed and confessed JESUS to be the Son of God who died on a cross and who resurrected from the dead on the third day and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father.

Tricia and I remarried in 1998.

My Testimony

Carlos and I were married the first time in 1991 and divorced (sad to say) in 1993.After the divorce we tried to work things out but since we were not looking to the Lord it went no where. We divorced because I was a pain and he was a pain and thought that this was the easy thing to do. It wasn't, it was very painful.

In 1995 I wanted to start going back to church. I thought we were saved when we were married the first time. We both had gone to Christian schools when we were in 1st -6th grade. I know this fact doesn't save a person though. My uncle married us the first time and we wanted him to share the gospel at our wedding and he did. I share all this because for sure in 1995 the Lord opened my eyes and I saw how I was not living for Him. I'm not sure how long after surrendering to the Lord I read a verse that said I would be an adulteress if I married again. I'm not sure if it was the following verses in Romans 7:2-3 that state:

2) For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3) So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.

There are other verses that also address the above. Matthew 19:9 and Matthew 5:32 and maybe others so I may have read one of those instead.

The Lord spoke to me in these verses and by reading them I know He told me that I should never marry again and if I do it should be back to Carlos. He had moved back to where he was born and raised so I wrote a letter to him thinking he was probably still living at his mom's house. I shared what the Lord was doing in my life and at some point told Carlos what I felt the Lord had said to me about remarrying him. Carlos was down a different path then I was. I continued to communicate with him by writing at first and eventually by telephone. In the summer of 1997 I went to visit him. In July of 1997 Carlos surrendered his life to the Lord. About 1 month later he moved back to where I was living and we had some counseling, but the associate pastor wanted us to go to the end of the session before he would marry us and we didn't want to do that. We knew this time it would be till death do us part. We understood now that the vow we made the first time was a covenant between us and God and that covenants are not meant to be broken.

This is an important part of my testimony that I left out of the above but I know that it needs to be shared. Here it is.
One evening when I was talking to Carlos over the phone I was reading something to him. I was hoping that it would convict him to turn his life over to the Lord. Instead he confessed to me that
he had had sexual relations with others during the time we were not married to each other. It was devastating to be told this but I was also not naive to think it hadn't happened. I ended the conversation and soon after called my associate pastor and discussed this with him and he told me because of that I did not have to remarry him which I think was not encouraging council. I chose to forgive Carlos because we have no right to not forgive because Christ has forgiven us. I also knew that the Lord had told me in His Word that I should never marry again and if I do it should be back to Carlos and I truly believed that we would remarry. During a counseling session mentioned above with the associate pastor the sexual relations Carlos had had were brought up and I clearly heard the Lord tell me "My grace is sufficient" and had the Lords peace that passes understanding.

In January 1998 we were married again by my uncle since the associate pastor would not marry us because we didn't continue counseling. We had no problem with this because it was his conviction. I also see that if this had not happened my uncle would not have been the one to remarry us and I'm very glad he did.

I'm thankful to be married again to my beloved and you know what?
I'm still a pain and he...well, you know :)

Don't focus on Religion. Focus on the person of Jesus Christ. He changes lives. All glory goes to HIM!

To hear other people's personal testimonies go here:
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"And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand." Matthew 12:25
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Please Sadhguru, enlighten us!

We should worry more about what he thinks about us.

We are not doing so good "playing well with others", despite his commandment to love others as we love ourselves.

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin

Watts is the man

I think this is a thorough explanation.

As the dyslexic agnostic

As the dyslexic agnostic says; "I am not sure there is a dog."

And as I tell others who would question me on such matters of the metaphysic: When it can be known to me that which lies beyond the infinite, only then would I consider the non-existence of God.

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

That same dyslexic agnostic gets quite irked

when the God walker is late.

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

Your concept of God should always be your own.

Your concept of God should not be dictated by an institution or collective or tradition of any kind. It may be informed by such, but never dictated. Because who God is will always be a reflection of yourself, and the choices that you make for yourself. Sure, some may call that idolatry, or others may call it blasphemy, but that's only because they are jealous of your self-determination in your own beliefs.

Freedom of religion as defined in the constitution is freedom of belief, values, virtues, thoughts, ideas and self, and must be differentiated from religious institution. Church is an institution; Secularism is also an institution; the Bible, Torah, Quran and other writings are also institutions, albeit in book form; heck, your belief system is also an institution. And the Constitution does not authorise state recognition of any of them.

Only you, yourself, have the power to authorise what you hold to be your religion, which neither you nor others shall impose upon neighbours. That is what makes us individual, and unique. Our ability to think, feel, learn, design and believe for each of ourselves is what makes us human, and gives us the potential to share--not impose!--never before seen visions and ideas about the world around us. In my view, the identity, connection and innovation that we have amongst each other is "God". It gives rise to a beautiful unity of Peace, Aurum and Love.

I believe in the freedom to be what we choose to be.

We are Christian because

We are Christian because the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as it's state religion and for no other reason. Having said that I have known many good Christians who actually believe in and practice what they preach without shoving their views down my throat.

The sad thing

All these people who are christian "because of the Romans", are most likely not real Christians, as the Romans adopted it because they couldn't destroy us and then distorted it. These people are giving the true church a bad name. Not knowingly of course, but just like Hosea 4:6 says:
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge."

Truth is an awakening, you feel it inside of you. They couldn't beat us, so they joined us, and they have succeeded in destroying the Truth of the real church. They are not solely responsible, lack of education has a great deal to do with it, and despite technological advances, as a people, we are far less educated than the founders were.

Be more specific....

Which one?

What do I think. This.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not."

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God is simply the one who

God is simply the one who created us...

Beware the cult of "government"...

The Creator of all things!

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NOSHEEPLE

Divine Energy

in all things great and small. As I type this, there are trillions of unseen processes going on in this walking corpse of mine. There are unknowable calculations going on in this world and the universe at large. I can see the fallible nature in the creation's of man, but at the same time I can discern the perfection of the systems in place to make any of it possible.

But about myself I will not boast, except as it concerns my weaknesses (2 Cor 12:5). Let the unbelievers seek praise from each other; I wish that which is from God alone.

Ye shall be as gods to know

Ye shall be as gods to know good and evil.

No promise has lured more people away from thier humanity, to thier destruction, than this one lie.

It is ego at the root of the deception that leads smart men to beleive they can play with food's genetic code and all will be well. The great egos of our day are earnestly at work to destroy all humanity through GRINs.

Pride comes before the...

peAce

PS. "No job too dirty for a f@$&in' scientist." - W.S. Burroughs

Liberty = Responsibility

Beware the Hook in the bait!

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NOSHEEPLE

I think you are God.

OK, I think I am God, too.
God is the perfect state of matter and energy, in harmony and balance. If God were a hologram, and you broke the mirror the hologram was imprinted on, you would get an image of God in every little shard of mirror. The images would be fainter, less clear, but complete. That is us. Little reflections of God, some clearer than others, some so faint it is hard to recognize God in there...
Namaste'!

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

A reflection of God.

There can be no reflection without an entity apart from the mirror.

Metaphors

One has to understand they are never perfect. I attempted to put words on my understanding of that which is beyond my comprehension. All I can offer is my fuzzy, unclear reflection. It is up to the observer to decide whether to seek God in what I reflect, or to focus on my blurry spots. I got both. So do you.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

True. That is a good way to

look at others- seeing in them the reflection of God.

But I clarify that we are only imperfect reflections of the Real Thing.

Agreed

I consider our challenge to be the best "Jesus" (or whatever you relate to) we can be, accepting from the outset that we will suck at it.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

I am not qualified to be God.

Nor are any of us, outside of vital connected to big G God. I am afraid of people who desire to be God, or even "god" based only on what is inside of them. Humans can kid ourselves about our good intentions and what have you. If you want to know what you should be like if you want to be God or a god, look at Jesus Christ, in whom you don't believe. Compassion, justice, wisdom, and self-sacrifice to the ultimate degree. He gathered no possessions to Himself, He refused to be made an earthly king, He healed the sick with a word, indeed the wisdom in His words healed me and countless others through the ages making what was bad in us good. And then He suffered for us. If you can do all that, you are qualified to be God. If you can't, you need to learn to trust in God, as I have.

Localism is for people who can still sleep at night even though somebody they don't know in a city they have never been is doing things differently. ("Localism, A Philosophy of Government" on Amazon for Kindle or Barnes and Noble ebook websites)

Dueling replies!

LOL! I just replied, then scrolled down and saw yours. Sorry, my friend, to me you are God... still just a little fuzzy in spots.

Love or fear? Chose again with every breath.

I think people think too much about it

I do agree with this video that there is nothing to fear. It is more like, I am having so much fun here I am not ready to go. I also don't view this as a higher god though but as nature. There is no hierarchy.

The video does remind me of the saying- how you do anything is how you do everything.

This passage immediately came to mind with your post

Revelation 3:20King James Version (KJV)

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

I actually posted the Pope post and have attended study seminars on prophecy and many Bible studies, and have watched countless videos on Bible interpretation as well as have an experience one time with unexplainable spiritual circumstances that were quite scary and 100% spiritual. When you say you don't believe in Jesus Christ you have already closed the door on Him.

◄ Matthew 13 ►

King James Bible

The Parable of the Sower

(Mark 4:1-9; Luke 8:4-15)

1The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. 2And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

3And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: 5Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: 6And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: 8But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. 9Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

The Purpose of Jesus' Parables

(Mark 4:10-12)

10And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

15For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

16But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

The Parable of the Sower Explained

(Mark 4:13-20)

18Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

The Parable of the Weeds

(Ezekiel 17:1-10)

24Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

The Parable of the Mustard Seed

(Mark 4:30-34; Luke 13:18-19)

31Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

The Parable of the Leaven

(Judges 20:18-23; 2 Samuel 2:12-32; 2 Chronicles 13:4-19; Luke 13:20-21)

33Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

I will Open My Mouth in Parables

(Psalm 78:1-72)

34All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:

35That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

The Parable of the Weeds Explained

(Zephaniah 1:1-6)

36Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

The Parables of the Treasure and Pearl

(Matthew 6:19-21)

44Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.

45Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

The Parable of the Net

(Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; Luke 5:1-11; John 1:35-42)

47Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 48Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. 49So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, 50And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

51Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord. 52Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

(Isaiah 61:1-11; Matthew 2:19-23; Mark 6:1-6; Luke 2:39-40; Luke 4:16-30)

53And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence. 54And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? 55Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 57And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

I started his journey from Dailypaul. I saw what was going on in the world and said to myself, this has to go deeper, it is too evil, it is too controlled, how are they getting away with their plans so well? I got a flier in the mail that said What in the World is Happening? I went to it, it was a Revelation seminar, it all fit together so well with what is unfolding politically, that I had to open the door for Jesus Christ. He is our last and true hope with all we are seeing around us. Seek and you shall find, but if you don't open the door, He will not invite Himself in. Here is some great videos if your mind is open to watch them.

http://amazingdiscoveries.tv/c/2/Total_Onslaught_-_English/

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