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Woah! (Sighs) – Let me get a full breath now. Even before we even begin to conceive of God and universe. We must first define God. Isn’t it?
In itself, describing God is a fragile task. The English-speaking philosophers have taken a form of the Irenaean view that God is transcendent and inaccessible, beyond space and time, to whom we cannot talk.
Thinkers of the world
Some religious thinkers suggest that God must be reached; through human-rational reflection. A similar viewpoint can also be found among Orthodox Jews and Christians as part of a mystical tradition (see Kantian spirituality).
It’s crucial not to confuse this with radical deism, which asserts that a transcendent deity exists (de necessitate” there must exist) but is treated simply as an object too large or small to be identified, depending on how the argument flows. This objection put forward by Kant has been employed in general against idealist metaphysics (see the example, St Augustine’s theological tract De Trinitate).
The possibility that God exists does not automatically declare his existence specific or even validate any details of one specific religious tradition over another. It is also feasible to pronounce an overarching principle that asserts it obvious; that being human encompasses living with a sense.
In comparison to the material world, viewed as an illusion, our Indian philosophy describes God as ātman (soul), in contrast to prakṛti and bhūta. However, the soul animates all objects, including non-living ones such as earth.
Fine-Tuning Argument (FTA)
The Fine-Tuning Argument (FTA) is a recent variant of the Design Argument (also seen as the Teleological Argument) for the existence of God based on discoveries generated in the twentieth century by Big Bang cosmology developments.
Fine-tuning is the fact that small changes to the constants of nature would have culminated in a universe incapable of supporting life. If physical life-forms exist, they must observe that they are in one that is capable of nurturing their existence, according to the Anthropic Principle.
There is certainly no shortage of arguments that seek to establish God’s existence, but ‘Arguments for the existence of God’ focuses on three of the most powerful: the cosmological argument, the design argument, and the religious experience argument.
These are all ideas that have circulated and guided our way of living. But in the current generation, how must one think of God?
Because it personalizes things too much, there has no definitive answer to this question. However, some considerations may include what it means for one to feel a sense of awe about the universe. And whether there is anything on a grand scale that inspires us or makes us feel humble in comparison. As a result, instead of humanizing God to our convenience, it allows us the freedom to conceive of what God does.
1) God, a source of unlimited power
In reality, the universe’s secrets are well beyond our understanding. It is difficult to grasp the actuality of the universe and seems unreal. God is seen as the source of unlimited energy and power, contemplating this fact, our thinking capacity to this age, and the reach of the universe.
2) God, a sublime beauty
The cosmos may be tangible or an illusion; we don’t know yet. There are certain speculations about it in the human world. We must sometimes take a backseat, relax, and gaze at the beauty of it while we dig deeper into the science behind it and unravel the buried truths. The sight of stars, planets, and moons is wondrously amazing, and many are still beyond our vista and intellect to this day.
3) God, a belief to reason
Unlike other species, the human race is defined by a set of rules and regulations. They are presented to us as early in our lives as possible. We live in a circle of beliefs that our ancestors constructed for us. Most of us chase them blindly without speculating after being apprehended into it.
4) God, the Great Illusion
The illusory nature of this phenomenal universe is magical. We accept what we see, and most of the time, we suspect our senses as well. Double-clicking on our thoughts will lead us into a rabbit hole so deep that one might get lost in the illusion. Because of our limited knowledge, our brains lead us to overthink until we retire. As a result, manipulating our thoughts is the key to surviving and experiencing the aspects of this grand illusion.
5) God, is YOU
Yes! You, me, and the others are all gods in some sense. We are all made of particles drifting in space. Sometimes, these particles join to form living beings (birth), and then, we decay and return to the cosmos (death). As a result, we are a part of the grand universe in front of us. So, our willpower, the ability to think in our current form, and the fact that our bodies are nothing. But a fertile mix of cosmical data. We can believe ourselves to be God.
In conclusion, while we are certainly a part of the grand universe, there remains no other way to look at it. It’s impossible that one piece of granular material called “you” could experience itself and question its existence! So, why do we think that? Are our thoughts illusions as well? By giving an educated name, the belief in God ignores imagination and reasoning. It is to our wisdom to think of God in the correct sense.