Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Is there a God?

If you are a Christian, by definition you believe in God. But the real question is about the nature of the God you believe in. One of the four seals of Buddhism is that Nirvana is beyond all concepts. Similarly, for Buddhist Christians and for many other Christians, Jews, and Muslims, God is beyond all concepts. We can’t talk about God with any accuracy and neither can the Bible. Talk about God is talk about people’s experiences with what they label as God. For me, believing in God means believing that the universe is good and that there is a way of knowing this that is beyond our ability to describe it using language. That is the best I can do with language. (I will have more to say about what “good” means later)

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