Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Six Infinite Traits of God


If God[1] exists, what standards must he/she follow? One might one think that God doesn't have to follow standards- the fact that he/she is God means he/she can do anything, right? Perhaps. Regardless, this pertains to a god that has chosen to act within the realms of the system of which he/she has created. These Gods don't bend the rules, but break them in order to achieve their goals. These Gods are emotional, interpersonal and incapable of creating a contradiction. But then, perhaps, in order to be within the system that you have created- you must first have to have been outside of it? Maybe. Regardless, here are my six points that a deity must follow in order to be considered "God:"



1. If God is All Powerful and All Loving:


a. He would be able to shape the future of mankind in a way that everyone would have an equal chance for Heaven.

b. There would be no need to rely on Him to save them, as he would be both powerful and loving enough to forgive/protect/save them even after they die.

c. He wouldn't necessarily have to reveal himself, but his existence would become apparent as we grow closer to death.

d. Free Will would exist, although God would always forgive and save his children regardless of their choices.




2. If God is All Powerful and Neutral:


a. He would be able to shape the future to his bidding; he would prefer certain people over others. A chance to get into heaven relies solely on his ability to choose.

b. If God was neutral, the need to singularly rely on him as the only way into heaven would be inherently evil (among other things).

c. If he was neutral, his potential to become corrupt would manifest itself in his emotional responses to mankind's behavior.

d. Free Will could exist, if God so chooses it to.




3. If God is All Powerful and Evil:


a. The future would only exist if God willed it; he would initially hate everyone and everything. Heaven would not exist.

b. If God was evil, there would be no heaven. His destructive qualities would insure mankind's downfall.

c. He does what he wants when he wants. His corruption would hold no bounds.

d. Free Will would not exist, unless it existed as a means for control (e.g. false hope, delusion).




4. If God is Impotent and All Loving:


a. He wouldn't be able to control your life- but at least he would try to love you unconditionally.

b. Heaven wouldn't exist unless it was in the form of an illusion; it wouldn't be much different then waking life. He would try his best though!He may or may not exist. It depends on the circumstances.c. He is an emotional being who acts on selfless instinct

d. CONTRADICTION: God would be human, thus making him no longer God. As a finite being, he would be susceptible to corruption. His ability to love would be rendered conditional.




5. If God is Impotent and Neutral:


a. He wouldn't be able to control your life- he might like you if you make a good impression.

b. What is heaven? He wouldn't even know. He would just speculate its existence.

c. He may or may not exist. It depends on the circumstances.

d. He is an emotional being who acts on opportunist instinct.

e. CONTRADICTION: God would be human, thus making him no longer God. As a finite being, he would be susceptible to corruption. His emotions and choices would shape his actions.




6. If God is Impotent and Evil:


a. He wouldn't be able to control your life, but he would certainly try. He will always hate you.

b. He would care less about heaven. His desires would exist only in the present.

c. He may or may not exist. It depends on the circumstances.

d. He is an emotional being who acts on selfish instinct.

e. CONTRADICTION: God would be human, thus making him no longer God. As a finite being, he would be susceptible to corruption. His emotions and choices would shape his actions.



So whether or not God exists, perhaps we should just live our life in a way that we can leave a positive legacy to others. If a loving God exists, he/she would celebrate you. If a hateful God exists, the very existence of your life would be a rightful act of rebellion. If you choose to believe in God, choose to believe in hope. Hope for yourself, hope for humanity, hope for the universe.





[1] The pinnacle of an omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient deity.